Lamanai Site and New River

This tour takes you from Ambergris Caye to the mainland, where you’ll set sail down the legendary Lamanai River toward a Maya ruin. Lamanai has sat, shrouded in jungle, for many centuries, and didn't get any attention from archeologists until the 1970s. But this tour truly isn’t about the destination – travelers should take this trip especially for the journey through the gorgeous surroundings of the Belizean jungle alone.

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  • Duration: 10 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 7:00 AM
  • Hotel Transport Included
  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Archeology
Nature Walk
Ruins
Lamanai

At 7 AM, a boat will pick you up and take you to a marina in Belize City. You'll follow the Northern Highway out of the city, and then arrive in the small town of Tower Hill to meet your river boat. Your river tour allows you to take in the sights and sounds of the vibrant Belizean jungle – on your trip down the river, you can keep an eye out for wildlife like macaws, monkeys, baboons, and crocodiles. Jaguars are an especially rare sight, but it is possible to see them here. Eventually, the Lamanai River becomes the New River, and then the New Lagoon. It’s here that your boat ride comes to an end, and your walk through the jungle and back in time begins.

Lamanai dates all the way back to the 4th century BC, and was occupied until the 17th century, even surviving a Spanish attack. Today, several temples still stand, and you’re free to climb around their outer steps. Many of the guides at this site are Maya themselves, and can share with you some of the popular legends about the site. Your tour includes a stop at the souvenir shop and a break for lunch. Afterward, you’ll hop back into your private transport and return to the Belize City Marina, where a boat will be waiting to bring you back to Ambergris Caye.

Attraction Visited

Lamanai

Lamanai is an extensive and diverse Mayan site set deep in the jungle along the banks of the New River Lagoon. One of the longest-occupied Mayan sites in Belize, Lamanai served as home to up to 35,000 Maya from 500 B.C., up until the beginning of the Spanish colonial period in the 17th century.

Lamanai

What to Bring

Money for entrance fee ($5 USD) as well as for tips, comfortable clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, and walking shoes.

What's included

Private transportation, guided tour, lunch, bottled water, and snacks.

Transportation

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