The Belize Lamanai Mayan Ruins Excursion is easily considered one of the best excursions in Belize for various reasons.
This Belize City Excursion is simply magical. Lamanai is one of the largest Mayan sites in Belize, expanding over a vast expanse on the Belize New River. The Lamanai Mayan Center holds over 800 structures deep in the Tropical Forest.
Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile in Mayan) was occupied as early as 1500bc. The small onsite museum where your Lamanai exploration begins once on the site holds precious artifacts spanning well over 2000 years of Mayan history.
“Getting to Lamanai is half the fun!”. Your Lamanai Mayan Ruins Exploration Excursions start at the Port of Belize City. You will be transported in a comfortable air-conditioned van 1hr North to the Orange Walk District of Belize.
The drive will lead you across rivers and vast expanses of land, providing you with a true Belizean Country tour.
You will arrive at the Tower Hill Bridge, where you will board your boat for a spectacular boat ride upriver. Continuing on your journey to Lamanai, the boat tour is by far the highlight of the excursions! (Except for the Lamanai Ruins, of course, but you will have to flip a coin…..)
You will travel through miles of virgin river fauna, viewing majestic trees with overhanging air plants and colorful Orchids. Spider Monkeys are often encountered on the Excursion.
The boat ride is a wonderful opportunity for wildlife spotting, with 100 + varieties of tropical birds and occasional freshwater crocodiles floating near the river’s edge.
Your boat will dock at the Lamanai Welcome Center, where your exploration will begin.
Your tour begins with a visit to the On-site Museum, which contains Mayan Artifacts discovered during the site excavation and history of Lamanai.
Well-kept paths through the rainforest will lead you to the monuments and Temples. Howler Monkeys relaxing on many of the huge Ceiba trees can be seen over much of the site. Toucans are ever-present, as well as countless other bird species.
The Lamanai Mayan Ruins exploration will be approximately 2hrs. Guiding you to the Ball Court, the Jaguar Temple, and the Lag Temple where you are able to climb The Lag Temple of Lamanai 125 feet to the top and gain an unforgettable view of the whole Lamanai Mayan Ruins. The view of the New River Lagoon and the vast Lamanai Archeology Reserve is spectacular.
During your Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour, you will have a chance to relax and enjoy a wonderful Belizean lunch included in your tour.