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