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Lamanai Tours

Lamanai
Meaning "submerged crocodile" in Yucatan Mayan, Lamanai is perhaps the most mysterious Maya site in Belize, because it is not yet completely uncovered. See history in the making as you visit the excavation site, where some temples still remain buried underground. Exposed structures that rise from the jungle floor offer plenty to explore.
 
The Basics
Lamanai consists of ceremonial pyramids, open-air plazas, a ball court, and other remnants of an ancient Maya civilization. Most tours of the archaeological complex start at the on-site museum to learn about the history of the Maya civilization before heading to the Jaguar Temple, part of which is carved into the shape of the jungle cat. Squint hard enough and you might be able to spot it.
 
Next is the High Temple, which rises above the treetops and offers panoramic views from its summit. Finally, visit the Mask Temple, which is adorned with a 13-foot (4-meter) limestone mask of an ancient Maya king. Much of Lamanai still remains concealed under dense jungle growth, with the restoration and evacuation of the site focused on these three large structures.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Nature lovers will enjoy spotting exotic birds and howler monkeys at the archaeological  site.
  • The High Temple features a wooden staircase that winds around the back of the pyramid, making it easier to climb to the top.
  • Many tours combine a trip to the ruins with a riverboat ride along New River, providing more opportunities to spot local wildlife.
 
How to Get There
From Belize City, you can hop a bus from the local station to Orange Walk. From there, you’ll need to grab a taxi because Lamanai is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the town of Orange Walk. An easier option: Tours from Belize City offer transportation directly to the site or to the New River in Orange Walk, where you’ll take an hourlong boat ride up to Lamanai.
 
When to Get There
Lamanai is open from 8am to 5pm daily. When cruise ships dock in Belize City, Lamanai can get crowded, so check the schedule and plan accordingly if your dates are flexible. Keep in mind that the rainy season (typically from June to November) may interfere with the riverboat ride. Late November to mid-April is dry season in Belize, and that’s when you’ll experience the most pleasant weather.
 
Altun Ha
Another Maya archaeological site in Belize, Altun Ha is located a little more than two hours away from Lamanai and is divided into Plaza A and Plaza B. In Plaza B, the Temple of Masonry Altar is believed to have been the main religious center of the civilization. It’s also home to a giant piece of jade carved into the shape of the head of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau.
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience Lamanai

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Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys v.i.v

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Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys v.i.v

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Discover what makes Lamanai one of Belize’s most impressive Mayan ruins on this full-day tour that takes you through an excavated ancient city that rises mysteriously out of the jungle. Look for native wildlife including birds and crocodiles on a river cruise to the archaeological site, where the ruins of the Jaguar and Mask Temples and ancient Mayan palaces beg exploration. See fascinating artifacts like clay pots and temple carvings at the on-site museum, and round out the day with a typical Belizean lunch at a restaurant.
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  • 8 hours
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Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon

Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon

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Take a journey down the mystical New River Lagoon to discover more than 3,000 years of Belize’s Mayan history at the Lamanai ruins. Encounter exotic birds, crocodiles, turtles and howler monkeys on a river cruise as you venture deep into the jungle, where a powerful ancient civilization once thrived. Learn about the life and customs at the mighty Maya as you explore sacred temples and stone carvings, ceremonial plazas and a ball court on a guided tour of the archaeological site.
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  • 6 hours
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Lamanai Mayan Ruins, River & Wildlife Adventure

Lamanai Mayan Ruins, River & Wildlife Adventure

The Lamanai ruins is one of the largest and oldest continuously occupied Mayan archaeological site in Belize. Located on the banks of the New River, this ceremonial site is home to a variety of trade metals and the mask temple. Enjoy learning about rural Belize on your drive to Orange Walk. Join our river tour and see the wildlife that call the New River home. Explore the ruins and imagine yourself in what was Lamanai more 3000 years ago. Lunch is included as you relax in a palapa near the river before returning back to your starting point.
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  • 7 hours
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Lamanai Maya Ruin & New River Wildlife Adventure From Belize City

Lamanai Maya Ruin & New River Wildlife Adventure From Belize City

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Discover the Beautiful Mayan Site of Lamanai in Belize! Jose Tours Belize is a family run business that provides visitors with new adventures, unforgettable experiences, and quality services in Belize. This tour provides an experienced guide as well as an A/C tour van to provide safe and comfortable transportation as you enjoy your trip!
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  • 4 hours
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Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour from Ambergris Caye

Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour from Ambergris Caye

Take a break from the beaches of Ambergris Caye and venture into the realm of the ancient Mayan civilization at the mystical Lamanai ruins. After reaching one of Belize’s best archaeological sites by boat, scramble up stone temples, ogle artifacts in a museum, and learn about Mayan history from a guide. Door-to-door transport from your island hotel is arranged with this all-inclusive package.
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  • 10 hours
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Lamanai Maya Temple and Baboon Encounter from Belize City

Lamanai Maya Temple and Baboon Encounter from Belize City

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Travel back in time to ancient Mesoamerica with a tour of the spectacular and mysterious Lamanai ruins from Belize City. Cruise along the scenic New River to reach the secluded Mayan temples tucked into the dense jungle, and learn about the civilizations that thrived here for thousands of years while exploring sacred ceremonial sites, plazas, stone carvings and ball courts. Encounter Belize’s screeching black howler monkeys and enjoy a typical buffet lunch to cap off the archaeological adventure.
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  • 6 hours
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Lamanai Temple

Lamanai Temple

Lamanai is arguably Belize’s must-do temple tour. This impressive Maya temple is accessible as a full-day tour from Caye Caulker - explore the temples shrouded in the jungle along the banks of the New River Lagoon. Explore the Mask Temple, High Temple, Jaguar temple as well as the on-site museum. A breath-taking, panoramic view awaits you from atop the High Temple. Your tour is fully inclusive: water taxi transfers, tour transfers, park entrance fees, lunch with beverage, and guided tour.
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  • 8 hours
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Single Activity Limo Tour -- Lamanai Mayan Ruins Adventure

Single Activity Limo Tour -- Lamanai Mayan Ruins Adventure

We are the first -- and only -- provider of super stretch, 20 passenger, SUV limousines in the country of Belize. When you go on one of Belize's amazing day tours, learn about our culture, visit our fabulous ruins and caves, and explore our wildlife adventures, why do so bouncing around in a circa-1980 panel van with a distracted driver/guide yelling over his shoulder at you? Instead, ride with a professional limo driver dedicated to only one thing -- your safety. Take a deep and meaningful dive into our culture with a top-flight guide, who accompanies you inside the limo, faces you, eye to eye, answering all your questions and catering to all your needs. Breakfast, lunch, spirits, all included. In truth, you spend more time getting to these sites than enjoying them, so why not make the transportation part of the experience? this tour is perfect for a group that wants a private tour experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Belize: See & Do it ALL in 10 Days, 1st Class Traveling

Belize: See & Do it ALL in 10 Days, 1st Class Traveling

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You absolutely will not find another tour out there as packed with activities and attractions as this one, provided by CharlieTheTraveler. You will also not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year-and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price and substance. Below are just some examples of what you will see and do on this tour: ► Great Blue Hole Flight-Seeing Tour (optional) ► Swimming with Sharks & Sting Rays ► Snorkeling in the World’s Second Largest Barrier Reef ► Visiting Impressive Archaeological Sites ► Coming in Contact with Black Howler Monkeys ► Seeing a Wildlife Sanctuary ► Tubing & Canoeing Inside Caves ► And Much Much More...
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  • 10 days
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Full Day Fishing and Mayan Temple Experience

Full Day Fishing and Mayan Temple Experience

Skip the self-drive hassles and pair natural wonders with ancient Mayan culture on this guided door-to-door adventure. First, enjoy a fishing trip on the New River Lagoon. Next, explore Lamanai, some of Latin America’s most atmospheric Mayan ruins, which include the 125-foot (38-meter) High Temple. Savor a buffet lunch at AyinHa Eco-Park before you return to base.
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  • 2 hours
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Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride from San Pedro

Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride from San Pedro

You’ll depart from Caye Caulker Island by sea on San Pedro Belize Express water ferry or by air on Maya Island Air; the choice is yours.. Keep your cameras handy as there will be many opportunities to get pictures of monkeys and other wildlife. This beautiful, serene ride is a great way to start your day before you get to walk through and climb the temples at Lamanai. Ask your experienced guide for names of flora and fauna along the way. Your boat captain will make a couple of stops to mimic the call of the animals in the area and for you to get pictures.Once at Lamanai, if you are not afraid of heights, climbing the tallest temple to get the one-of-a-kind view above the canopy will be a piece of cake. The roped steps lead up and down the temple for safety, rest, and balance. The guided tour will enlighten you on the life of the Maya people who once occupied this beautiful location. Souvenirs and local craft are available for sale at this site
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  • 6 hours
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Lamanai and Scenic Boat ride from Belize City

Lamanai and Scenic Boat ride from Belize City

Drive from Belize City to Orange Walk and then get on a boat that takes you on a picturesque boat ride to Lamanai via the New River. Keep your cameras handy as there will be many opportunities to get pictures of monkeys and other wildlife. This beautiful, serene ride is a great way to start your day before you get to walk through and climb the temples at Lamanai. Ask your experienced guide for names of flora and fauna along the way. Your boat captain will make a couple of stops to mimic the call of the animals in the area and for you to get pictures. Once at Lamanai, if you are not afraid of heights, climbing the tallest temple to get the one-of-a-kind view above the canopy will be a piece of cake. The roped steps lead up and down the temple for safety, rest, and balance. The guided tour will enlighten you on the life of the Maya people who once occupied this beautiful location. Souvenirs and local craft are available for sale at this site.
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  • 6 hours
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Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride from Caye Caulker

Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride from Caye Caulker

You’ll depart from Caye Caulker Island by sea on San Pedro Belize Express water ferry or by air on Maya Island Air; the choice is yours.. Keep your cameras handy as there will be many opportunities to get pictures of monkeys and other wildlife. This beautiful, serene ride is a great way to start your day before you get to walk through and climb the temples at Lamanai. Ask your experienced guide for names of flora and fauna along the way. Your boat captain will make a couple of stops to mimic the call of the animals in the area and for you to get pictures.Once at Lamanai, if you are not afraid of heights, climbing the tallest temple to get the one-of-a-kind view above the canopy will be a piece of cake. The roped steps lead up and down the temple for safety, rest, and balance. The guided tour will enlighten you on the life of the Maya people who once occupied this beautiful location. Souvenirs and local craft are available for sale at this site
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  • 6 hours
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10 Nights Bucket List Belize - Do it All - See it All - Luxury Travel

10 Nights Bucket List Belize - Do it All - See it All - Luxury Travel

More Tours - More Adventures - More Inclusions than any other package! Packed with amazing must-do adventures; luxurious accommodations (optional) in the jungle and right on the beach; cultural experiences; nature conservation efforts! This is quite possibly your absolutely best Belize experience! Quality-Price-Substance. With over 10 years of experience - we are your first choice for everything awesome! + Eco-friendly immersions at the Green Iguana Conservatory, Cockscomb Nature Preserve, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve, Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, + Cultural Experiences including Maya and Mennonite + Archaeological immersions in the ancient Maya heritage and beliefs, including impressive Archaeological temples and caves + Experiencing untouched jungle and marine reserves + Off the couch thrilling adventures including Caving, Canoeing, Tubing + Snorkeling and Fishing on the second largest Barrier Reef in the World! + ohhh, and so much more!
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  • 11 days
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Private Lamania and Altun Ha v.i.v tour

Private Lamania and Altun Ha v.i.v tour

See two of the major ancient city states featuring trade routes, agricultural techniques, temple architecture, lots of archeological findings ( tombs, artifacts, residential buildings, ball courts, stela's )
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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$450.00
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Belize Northern Emerald Destinations

Belize Northern Emerald Destinations

This Package entails one (1) overnight stay in Belize City at (Biltmore/L&M) and four (4) Nights in the Corozal district (Orchid Bay). This tour takes adventurers on a journey to experience Belize’s history, wildlife and northern beauty, as you venture to attractions such as the tropical Caribbean coast, mesmerizing beaches and ancient Mayan temples.
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  • 6 days
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Lamanai one day tour from Belize City

Lamanai one day tour from Belize City

A fantastic tour where besides knowing one of the most wonderful Mayan cities you'll be able to know the New River, its flora and its fauna. A complete tour for you that you want fun and culture, all in a single tour!.
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  • 4 minutes
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$135.00
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