Location: Belize City, Belize
Rating: 5 star based on 5 reviews
Discover ancient Mayan architecture on an tour through Belize’s exotic landscapes. You’ll enjoy stunning views and spot diverse wildlife as you make your way to the Lamanai ruins, one of the most famous sights in Belize. Accessible only by water and a brief hike, this adventure is fun for the whole family.
* Entrance fees
* Hotel pickup and drop off from select Belize City hotels
* Local taxes
* Conducted in English
A 45-minute drive up the Northern Highway, passing through villages and lowlands with many bird species, brings you to Tower Hill, where you’ll board a riverboat and head up the New River.
While traversing the many creeks and lagoons, you may spot birdlife including hawks, kites and falcons. The river is lined with hardwood trees, orchids and bromeliads, and you might see dainty wading birds called jacanas lightly walking on lily pads while elusive crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.
At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Mayan for submerged crocodile ) rise into view. Once at the site you’ll tour the small museum which features many ancient relics found at Lamanai.
You’ll then embark on a 1.5-mile (2.5km) jungle hike to visit the Temple of the Mask, one of the tallest Mayan pyramids; the stucco mask of the Sun God “Kinich Ahau”; an elaborate carved stellae; and the Temple of the Jaguar Masks. These impressive sites appear to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birds and the haunting call of the howler monkeys.
Your guide will point out the copal and ramon trees, which were of great importance in ancient times. For the jungle hike you will need insect repellent and sturdy walking shoes.
At the end of the tour you’ll have lunch under thatched palapas near the lagoon’s edge. After lunch, free time is available for more sightseeing in the rainforest.
Departure Point: Tour departs from most Belize City hotels, the Domestic (Municipal) Airport in Belize City or the San Pedro-Belize Express Water Taxi Terminal in Belize City
Departure Time: 7:30am – Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pick up time.
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This is an outstanding day tour. The boat trip was fantastic. We got to see a jungle river up close, its workings, people, wildlife and plant life. We saw many types of birds, crocodiles up close, iguanas etc. Lamanai is a beautiful park and the ruins are quite impressive. This is well worth a day.
Reviewed by: Anonymous