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Belize City

Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon

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    What to Expect
    Lamanai Mayan site is one of Belize’s largest ceremonial centers. It is located on the banks of the 30 mile long New River Lagoon, in the Orange Walk District, north of Belize City.

    With one of the longest occupation spans in the Mayan World, Lamanai was occupied continuously for over 3,000 years, from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1675.

    The site of Lamanai includes eight major plazas, a ball court with the largest known ball court marker, a well-preserved mask of a Maya ruler emerging from a crocodile headdress, a 108 foot tall pyramid, one of the largest Pre-classic structures in the Maya area and an intricately carved Stela depicting the ruler Lord Smoking Shell.

    These are the main focal points at the site. Found also at the site are remains of a Christian “Indian Church”, which revealed that in 1544 the Spaniards had built a church on top of a Maya temple.

    This site has an excellent museum with pottery vessels, flints and figurines, many representations of crocodiles, indicating that the crocodile was very important to the people of Lamanai.

    The mystic wonders of our great ancestors and their intriguing past await you in this exciting adventure!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel in Belize City, airport and cruise dock
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Professional guide
    • Round-trip transfer
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    From our early morning pick-up to the final drop off, we felt pampered! Our driver, Ellsworth, was very knowledgeable about the country and the history of Belize. He kept us entertained throughout the drive. We arrived at the river boat camp early, so we were able to look
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    Incredible history, very knowledgeable guides. It's a full 8 hour day, but getting to and from the ruins is half the fun, lots of wildlife and a fun boat ride. Highly recommend.
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    Booked this experience based on recommendations and wasn’t disappointed. The speed boat ride up the river to the temples is really fun and you get to see many of the areas local inhabitants along the way. Once at the temples there is a bit of a walk through the woods but once
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    About a 45 minute SUV ride to the New River and then a high speed boat ride that zoomed through the mangroves and water Lillys. It qualified as a thrill ride itself! Stopped to look at crocodiles, ospreys and a tapir. Docked at Lamanai for lunch and explored 3 huge Mayan
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    We spent the day visiting the Lamanai ruins and it was the first of three Mayan ruins we saw in Belize and Guatemala. The day is quite the adventure! Getting there is half the fun as it involves a speedboat birdwatching tour on the hour ride to the ruins along the river. The
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    About the operator
    By: Private Belize Adventure
    182 reviews
    SO FUN!
    We had the best time! Paul was an excellent, funny, knowledgeable guide! Would highly recommend going on the day
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    Los Angeles, California
    This tour and experience is a 10!
    Wow, what can I say? This is a once in a lifetime (although I would do it again!), must-do experience. After
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    Miami, Florida
    Easy Way to See Mayan Ruins and Zoo
    Our tour guide Paul was excellent and well informed. The tour was easy and convenient. I am glad we went on the
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    Joseph G
    Didn’t know what to expect
    I gotta be honest, I did not know what to expect. I really didn’t believe the reviews as being legitimate but I
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    Independence, Missouri
    Amazing time at Lamanai
    From our early morning pick-up to the final drop off, we felt pampered! Our driver, Ellsworth, was very
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    Andrew H
    A must in Belize
    Incredible history, very knowledgeable guides. It's a full 8 hour day, but getting to and from the ruins is half
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    Buford, Georgia
    These guys are awesome! You will have an AMAZING TIME!
    James and Goldburn did an amazing job from the moment they picked us up at the Maya Air Plane in Belize City.
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    Malaga, Spain
    Fab opportunity to see Mayan ruins witjout the crowds.
    Great and informative tour. Excellent driver and guide. Very knowledgeable. We were the only tour group at the
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    Best day ever!
    My husband, 3 adult children (ages 22-25), and I spent the day with Paul on 5/29/19. We were on the first tender
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    Richmond, Virginia
    Simple and Easy Trip to Altun Ha
    My fiancé and I visited Altun Ha via this excursion. The guide was on time and very knowledgable. He fed us
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    Great Tour!!
    My husband and I went on this tour and were definitely pleased! Our tour guide was Ellsworth and he was amazing,
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    Fantastic Experience!
    My family and I had Paul as our guide and he was outstanding. He was friendly and knowledgeable. We greatly
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    Raleigh, NC
    Fun tour and great guide
    Going on a private tour is the way to go. Our guide, Ellsworth did a great job. Even better considering that our
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    Monmouth, United Kingdom
    Booked this experience based on recommendations and wasn’t disappointed. The speed boat ride up the river to the
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    Laura R
    Mission Viejo, California
    Knowledgeable tour guide who taught us a lot about the history of the city
    We did the private tour with a group of 5. Our van was very comfortable and air conditioned. Great information
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