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Belize City: Lamanai Maya Ruins & River Boat Safari w/ Lunch

1. Belize City: Lamanai Maya Ruins & River Boat Safari w/ Lunch

Meet your guide at the Cruise Ship Terminal or in your hotel lobby, depending on the option selected. Relax as you board the air-conditioned vehicle and set off for a 1-hour road trip. Along the way enjoy views of the old Belize river, rural villages, fruit trees, and birds. When you arrive at the dock, board your boat for the 1-hour cruise on the New River. Be sure to watch for iguanas, crocodiles, turtles, birds, and water-lilies. At the Lamania Maya Site, your guide will lead you on a walk through the rainforest, scattered with ancient structures, to arrive at the Mask Temple. Your guide will share in-depth archeological information about the site. The Lamania Maya site is known for being the longest continually-occupied site in Mesoamerica. The thriving crocodile population in the nearby New River lagoon gave Lamanai its name. Lamanai is the Spanish historic name for Lama’ an/ayin, which means “submerged crocodile.” Many of the site's main structures and excavated artifact exhibits represent the famed reptile. You'll have the chance to climb to the summit of the highest temple and see the awesome view of northern Belize and the lagoon. Then continue your walk through the Ball Court, Stelas, the Jaguar temple, stelae, and residential buildings. Then board your boat for the return trip to Belize City, with drop-off at the Cruise Ship Terminal or at your hotel lobby, depending on the option you selected.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

I was picked up at my hotel and the driver was very nice. He talked to us the whole drive to the site. He gave us all the information about Belize. Our tour guide at the site was very friendly and made the afternoon enjoyable. He knew all about the site and pointed out so many additional items in the site. Lunch was also delicious. Definitely would recommend for a day trip!

This was our favorite tour of the many we took. Lamanai has many structures/temples all within a mile of each other. The entire place was kept up very nice and very beautiful. Carlos, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the Mayan people. Do this tour!!

Great small group tour, absolutely worth experiencing! The organization was also great - they tried to get us to Lamanai ahead of the big groups (which worked). The return trip was adjusted to match the departure of our ship, also great.

Our driver and guide Coconut Pete were knowledgeable and great. There was no rush. The speedboat tour of the river wildlife was a plus. These guys are knowledgeable naturalists, historians, and awesome tour guides.

Great guides. Very passionate about the history and sharing it with us.