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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

  • Visit the Lamanai Maya ruins on a day trip from Belize City
  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise
  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

Channel your inner archaeologist on a tour from Belize City to the Lamanai ruins, among the top Maya sites in Belize. The only way to reach the excavated city is by water, so you cruise down the New River and hike through the jungle to reach the legendary Jaguar Temple. No need to pack a lunch, as a picnic on the shores of a jungle lagoon is included.

What to Expect

The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise.

Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts.

Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon.

Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wonderful excursion

We chose the option which included a short plane ride to the New River. My husband and I were fortunate to be the only people on the boat. We took a long time going up river as my husband was botanizing and looking at orchids...More

Thank lindalep815
Reviewed 27 April 2018
Elvis took us to the Mayan ruins in Belize, Lamanai for best Carnival tour ever

We booked with Carnival. First tender boat from ship. First to the tour guide Elvis. This was an EXTRAORDINARY trip by bus, boat and foot to the ruins. We had heard and read that this guide was the best and YES he was! We had...More

4  Thank frostyandbob
Reviewed 21 April 2018
Amazing excursion

We prebooked this excursion through Carnival during our stop in Belize and really enjoyed all aspects of it. We were met at the pier by Bernie, who led us to our bus and shared some anecdotes about the area during our drive to our second...More

1  Thank silverbrook
Reviewed 9 April 2018
Lamanai Tour with Bernie

This was one of the highlights of the week long cruise! Belize is a gorgeous country and we do plan to return one day. We took a bus ride to the start of the river tour. The bus took us through jungle (we saw several...More

1  Thank SOI-Marketing
Reviewed 4 April 2018
Great trip but bring bug spray!

My husband and I went on our first cruise, and this was our favorite excursion. There are so many to choose from thanks to the ship's offers, so choose wisely! However, we learned that Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef. I would have loved...More

2  Thank crb16
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Response from crb16 | Reviewed this property |
The bust ride is about an hour and a half, and then I believe we spent 3-4 hours between our 20 min boat ride to and from the ruins, our time at the ruins, and our luncheon afterwards. It's true that if you need to be back... More