Lamanai Tours

Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize

8 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size



English, Espanol

Unveiling the Splendor of this Ancient Maya Civilization with or Lamanai Tours

Located in the heart of northern Belize, Lamanai is a must-see archeological site for anyone eager to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of the ancient Maya civilization. Lamanai, meaning “submerged crocodile” in Mayan language, beautifully intertwines history, culture, and nature. Our Lamanai Belize tours are designed to bring the magic of this unique destination to life, providing visitors with an experience that is as educational as it is unforgettable.

A Journey Through Time: The History of Lamanai

Lamanai stands as a remarkable testament to the rich history and resilience of the Maya people. Settled as early as 1500 BC, it is one of the longest-occupied Maya sites, thriving well into the 16th century, long after many other civilizations had declined.

At its peak, the city was a bustling hub of commerce, religion, and daily life. The Lamanai archaeological reserve boasts impressive structures, including magnificent temples and palaces, a ball court, and residential complexes. Each building narrates a unique tale about the people who once inhabited this ancient city.

The Iconic Structures of Lamanai Belize

The High Temple, Mask Temple, and Jaguar Temple are among the most notable structures in Lamanai. The High Temple, standing at approximately 33 meters high, provides visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding jungle and lagoon. The Mask Temple showcases intricately carved stone masks, while the Jaguar Temple gets its name from the boxy jaguar decorations adorning its base.

Immersed in Nature: Lamanai’s Rich Ecosystem

Beyond its historical significance, Lamanai Belize is a paradise for nature lovers. The site is surrounded by dense tropical rainforest, brimming with diverse flora and fauna. As you stroll through the ancient city, you might spot various bird species, howler monkeys, and even crocodiles basking along the riverbanks of the nearby New River Lagoon.

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Why Choose Our Lamanai Tours?

Our Lamanai Belize tours are meticulously curated to offer you a well-rounded experience. Knowledgeable guides, adept in Maya history, will lead you through the site, offering insight into Lamanai’s intriguing past. The tour also includes a captivating river trip to Lamanai, during which you can appreciate Belize’s stunning natural beauty.

Join us as we journey through time, uncovering the mysteries of an ancient civilization, exploring an array of wildlife, and appreciating the natural beauty that surrounds us.

1. Where is Lamanai?

Lamanai is a pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site located in northern Belize. It’s known for its impressive structures, including large pyramids, and its longevity in the Mayan era.

2. What does “Lamanai” mean?

Lamanai, in the Mayan language, means “submerged crocodile”. The site is associated with the imagery of crocodiles, indicating the significant presence of these creatures in the surrounding area.

3. How can I get to Lamanai?

Lamanai is typically accessed by a combination of road and river travel. Many visitors choose to participate in organized tours booked here with Belize Fun Tours the #1 Tour operator in Belize.

4. What are the key attractions at Lamanai?

Key attractions at Lamanai include the High Temple, Jaguar Temple, and Mask Temple. Additionally, there are numerous smaller structures, residential areas, and a museum featuring various artifacts uncovered at the site.

5. When is the best time to visit Lamanai?

The best time to visit Lamanai is during the dry season, typically between January and May. However, it’s open year-round, and there is plenty to see and do regardless of the season.

6. Can I climb the temples at Lamanai?

Some of the structures at Lamanai are accessible for climbing, but always look for signs or ask your guide to ensure it’s allowed. It’s important to be respectful of these ancient structures and to climb safely.

7. What wildlife can I see at Lamanai?

Lamanai is surrounded by a rich variety of wildlife. You may see a variety of birds, monkeys, iguanas, and possibly crocodiles in the nearby New River Lagoon.

8. What should I wear for a visit to Lamanai?

Wear comfortable walking shoes, light breathable clothing, and a hat to protect from the sun. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and bring a bottle of water with you.

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We pickup from your hotel, AirBnB, Homes in Belize City

Transfer to Orange Walk

Roughly and hours drive north of Belize city on the Philip Goldson Highway through small country villages we come to our docks on the banks of the New River, the hub of our activities for the day.

Arrival and River Tour

After using the bathroom facilities its off on a one hour river tour of the New River in route to the ancient city of crocodiles, Lamanai. In route see many species of birds, crocodiles, Iguanas and many other flora and fauna local to the area.

Tour of Lamanai

On arrival at Lamanai guests get a chance to use the bathroom facilitates again should they need and its off to tour. Learn the history of the only city in mesoamerica to be under continued occupation. Your guide will take you across 5 plazas and 5 temples explaining the history and demise of this once great civilization.

Lunch and Return to City

After your tour of Lamanai, guests are served a delicious local lunch after which its return to our docks via the new river for your return to Belize City.

  • Air Conditioned Transfer
  • Boat River Tour
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Complementary Lunch
  • Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity

Full day (7+ hours)


Tour's Location

Belize Tours, Fort Street, Belize City, Belize


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Lamanai Belize Tours

Fabulous, interesting, learned so much!

Our guide, Ben, was so knowledgeable and friendly. He answered every one of our hundreds of questions with patience and warmth. He was from the area, so he had a firsthand knowledge of the ruins and he went far beyond what we expected to give us an extensive background on not only the ancient Mayan peoples, but current residents of the country and their backgrounds.
Lamanai Belize Tours

Expert, helpful, and friendly staff. Excellent jungle river boat ride and amazing ruins filled with wildlife.

Picked us up from hotel, then took jungle boat ride to ruins. Lots of wildlife on boat ride, including iguanas, birds, bats, and monkeys. To see crocodiles, make sure to book when river is lower during dry season. Ruins were amazing! Colin was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, highly respectful, and passionate about the history and culture of this place. He was able to answer all questions from those on our tour, was friendly, and had a great and appropriate sense of humor (not over the top). Lunch was included and excellent.
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Phenomenal , a must see but take precautions

Getting to walk all around Lamanai was truly a phenomenal experience. To get that close to the ruins was surreal, and to climb up the high temple was unlike anything I have ever experienced while traveling the world. Our tour guide was top notch, extremely knowledgeable, interactive, funny and kind. He even had a friend who is a true Mayan who came to talk to us . That was beyond our expectations. While walking, we saw so much and even encountered some unique wildlife along the way. You must wear sneakers/comfortable sturdy shoes. There is a lot of walking into the jungle to even reach the ruins, and much more all around. It is a lot of exercise so make sure you are up for that. Please also do NOT forget the bug spray, as heavy duty as possible is absolutely required. You are in the jungle, so you need something very good. I had some incredibly powerful products, plus deet 100 and still managed to get attacked by thousands of fire ants- both feet/ankles/legs. Believe me when I say it was excruciating. I was also wearing capris so I'd suggest long pants despite the heat. It is an experience I will never forget and I had the battle wounds for months before they fully healed. Regardless of that it was an experience unlike anything else, and one I will always be thankful for. When you are standing their among the ruins, it is something else. Not easily explained. I would highly recommend this , even if you do nothing else. This is important and unique. An in dept education that will blow your mind. Don't forget your camera- you never know what else you might find!
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