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Lamanai

Lamanai

Free admission

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.

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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
star-4.5
$192.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
River safari
Our guide for the Mayan ruins walking tour was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. The boat captain on the river was as well. Very worthwhile tour!!!
Diane M, Jul 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

star-5
Fantastic
William_P, Jun 2021
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Alberto was awesome. The boat ride to and from was great. He took his time and pointed out wildlife, birds a d gave a history lesson of the area. He did a fabulous job at the Lamanai Ruins explaong everything and answered a plethora of questions. It was a great experience.
star-5
Great mian country trip.
samedollar, Jun 2021
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Good trip. Learn a lot about the mayan cultures. Saw one big howler monkey family in backdrop of howler monkey that was amazing. Also out guide junior was amazing as howler monkey whisperer. Food was amazing home made. Wish we would have explored more wildlife on boat ride but all in all great trip.
star-4
Special experience- overpriced
Nomad57112720900, Mar 2019
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
Beautiful experience we booked in advance of travel to Belize. Would advise all travelers to book upon artival: tour operators are many and many good ones plus a lot you can arrange on your own. Nearly $250pp for this outing was too much. Find a river transportation and learn about Lamanai by reading and park rangers.
star-4
Joe M
GfeMjoem, Jan 2020
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
Excellent. Temple superb, walk thru jungle excellent. Staff knowledgeable about history, animals, fun.
star-5
Highly recommended - an adventure...
Mel R, Dec 2017
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
Highly recommended - an adventure. The van to pick us up was on time and comfortable for the trip to the boat landing. The trip up the river was on a smaller boat which provided the ability to stop and get close to the shore to view birds and iguanas. We saw one small crocodile. At Lamanai we heard a very loud troop of howler monkeys - then later had a troop of a dozen or so spider monkeys cross over the path between pyramids. The lunch was homemade food and was very good. Would go again.
star-5
This tour was very informative and...
Sylvia B, Sep 2017
Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon
This tour was very informative and worth the money. Our driver Roberto new so much and could tell us about the history and about Belize oeko system. Nathaniel our guid and boat captain did a great job as well. He showed us the secret of the nature, the animals and birds, and all boaout the Mayan and the pyramides. This both guids gave us an insight of normal life in Belize. Thank yo both for this amazing day.
star-4
Great temples im a overfilled place
Casserini_M, Feb 2020
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Excellent guy who especially had the timing under control amd secured that we had place at the spots in Laminai who was totally overloaded by huge cruise tourist group. The boat tour of totally almost 3 hours was too long
star-4
Great trip! Loved all of the...
Verne C, Jan 2016
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
Great trip! Loved all of the aspects of the tour with one exception. The boat ride back can be quite windy as you are at full tilt on the jet boat. Loved Lamanai and all of the wild life we saw. Our tour guide Vel was great.
star-4
The trip was great! The river ride...
Jacob R, Jan 2016
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
The trip was great! The river ride was a lot of fun, and Lamanai was amazing. The guide, Vel, was ery enthusiastic, and a lot of fun. The only thing that could have been better is he could have told us more about the Mayans and what we were seeing instead of getting off on crazy tangents that didn't make much sense. All in all, a great trip, and I highly recommend it.
star-4
Mayan River cruise
nancysummers, Jan 2020
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Our guide Emir was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and answered a ton of questions. Lunch was homemade and delicious. The river cruise was fun and got to enjoy lots of wildlife and learn about the beautiful scenery. We saw the howler monkeys once we arrived on shore. I highly recommend this tour to learn about Mayan history and culture. They were an amazing cultivation.
star-5
The guides, the tour in the River and pyramids, the food
aulloa09, Jan 2020
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
So great!!!! The guides were so funny and educated about the área! Everything was on time and well prepared. Food was delicious too!!!
star-5
What a great experience! Make sure...
Ronald N, Mar 2017
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
What a great experience! Make sure to take your camera. You'll want to record the wildlife and the history. A beautiful country with wonderful people. We had the time of our lives.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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