Full-Day Mainland Trip
Venture into the ancient past and explore the Maya ruins of Lamanai, one of the longest continuously occupied Maya sites in the Americas, and one of Belize’s top attractions. Take the ferry or a quick flight over to Belize City, followed by a short van transfer, then a scenic boat ride along the New River. Watch for exotic wildlife including crocodiles, spider monkeys, snakes, sleeping bats, and the famous “Jesus Christ Bird.” Also get an intriguing glimpse into the thriving Mennonite culture of Belize as you cruise the river right through one of their several farming settlements in the country, Shipyard Colony.
Once you arrive at Lamanai, your archaeological experience begins with a firsthand lesson of Maya civilization, history, and culture at the Lamanai Museum. The day continues with an adventurous jungle hike through the lush tropical rainforest, as the temples at Lamanai are located a short distance apart through the canopy. Look out for the noisy and playful resident howler monkeys swinging from tree to tree! The riverside hiking trails will lead you to Lamanai’s impressive temples, plazas, and numerous stone carvings. Visit the famous Jaguar Temple, Mask Temple, and enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding jungle and the New River as you climb 112 feet to the top of the aptly-named High Temple. Yes, you can still climb Maya temples throughout Belize!