off site experiences

Lamanai

Lamanai Archaeological Site

Lamanai means “submerged crocodile” in the Maya language and it is also the name of the third largest, and possibly the most interesting archaeological site in Belize.

Located in the Orange Walk District, the Lamanai temple complex sits atop the western bluff of the New River Lagoon and is surrounded by pristine tropical forest.

Set in tropical forest and providing amazing views from several of its large temples, Lamanai provides a unique experience into the culture of the Maya and the biological variety of the tropical forest. Although hundreds of ruins are said to remain unexcavated in the nearby jungle, three of the most impressive temples have been renovated: the Jaguar Temple, named for its boxy jaguar decoration; the Mask Temple, adorned by a 13-foot stone mask of an ancient Maya king; and the High Temple, offering visitors a panoramic view from its peak.

It is a 2 -hour drive from Chan Chich to Lamanai Landing, where guests board a riverboat and head 26 miles up the New River. While passing through many little creeks and lagoons, explore the unusual sightings Belize has to offer river fauna, majestic trees with overhanging air plants and colourful orchids. The up-river ride is a wonderful opportunity for wildlife spotting. Along the way see crocodiles floating near the river’s edge, turtles, camouflaged bats and the “Jesus Christ Bird” walk on water. At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai rise into view. The boat will dock at Lamanai Welcome Centre where your guided exploration will begin.

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Tour Details

Tour Duration: 6:30am – 5:00pm
Included: Transportation, park entrance fee, tour guide, lunch, water, and soft beverages.
Not Included: Souvenir shopping
Level of Difficulty: Moderate – involves hiking, steps and hill climbing
Location: Orange Walk District
Travel time: A 2-hour scenic trip and a 45-minute boat ride.
Remember to bring: Sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, camera, sunscreen, sun hat, spending money for souvenirs.
Minimum Participants: Two (2) persons.
Price: USD 200 plus 12.5% GST per person