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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
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Our guide was great! He...
Our guide was great! He was very knowledgeable regarding history and plants and animals. He was kind and courtesy as well.
Bonnie_R, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Belize City

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Wonderful day!
Raley_M, May 2022
Lamanai Temple
Lamanai was an incredible experience! From the river boat ride, to seeing the ruins, to eating a delicious lunch - it was an overall great day! Ignacio Jr. and Ignacio Sr. were both very kind and informative. My husband and I learned so much and had a blast!
star-5
Lamanai and New River excursion
Mary_B, Apr 2022
Lamanai Temple
The trip was definitely worth the money, tour guide was awesome very informative about the excursion and a good personality, the food for lunch was awesome, better than expected and overall it was a full day of information and exciting time. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Amazing tour, saw/learned so much.
Donna_H, Apr 2022
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Our party of 6 loved this trip (aged 15 to 69). The van driver made the trip to the boat interesting with facts and stories of Belize. Colin, a skilled eco naturalist, took us down the river in the boat pointing out species of trees, birds and a manatee and the significance of each. The Mayan tour was fascinating enhanced by Colins knowledge of Mayan history and the nature around it as well as viewing the howler monkeys. We highly recommend this tour.
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River boat trip to Lamanai
Theresa_G, Apr 2022
Lamanai and Scenic Boat Ride Along the New River Lagoon
The moment we met our delightful driver, the General, there was no doubt that our day was going to be everything we anticipated and more. We appreciate him and the extraordinary tour staff for making this a most surreal experience - one we will talk about often and encourage others to book. Highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing Mayan ruin tour
Carl_R, Feb 2022
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Loved every minute of this tour and definitely recommend it. Our tour guides were the best and were very knowledgeable about everything, from the boat ride on the river and the wildlife, to everything we wanted to know about the Mayan ruins. This was our favorite thing we did while visiting Belize!!
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The water ride to the...
Chelsea_U, Dec 2021
Lamanai Mayan Ruins, River & Wildlife Adventure
The water ride to the temple and the narration of the High Temple from our tour guide. We loved the nature walk through the jungle and experiencing the howler monkeys.
star-5
Worth It.
Dexter_W, Dec 2021
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
The trip started with an hour boat ride to the ruins. We saw wildlife and other villagers during our travel. Once we arrived at the ruins, we were able to receive background information on the temples and climb them. That was a great exercise.
star-5
Beautiful river cruise to the Mayan temple could not have asked for a better day. Highly recommend this experience.
Cristy_R, Feb 2022
Lamanai Temple
Wonderful day with our driver James and boat driver and tour guide coconut Pete. Both so knowledgeable and friendly.
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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
Submerged Crocodile in the Jungle
Gerrid_P, Dec 2021
Lamanai Maya Ruin & New River Wildlife Adventure From Belize City
This was such an amazing experience. The details of the images in the ruins are a work of art. This is something you have to see with your own eyes in order to believe. I have read a lot of books about ancient civilizations (Egypt, Ghana, Kush, Mayan, Olmec, Aztecs, etc.) and, thus, I have seen a lot of depictions of statues and ruins in the books that I have read, but seeing them in person is a completely different experience. If you love history, not just what you were taught in school then you will love this tour. Our tour guide Nathan was super knowledgeable. He is also half Mayan so he has a lot of insight about their culture. It was a long days journey from Caye Caulker to Orange Walk (where Lamani is located) so I would recommend either doing this trip from Belize City or someplace closer but no matter what, you should definitely take the time to do this trip if you are in Belize.
star-5
A great experience
Rhianna_G, Feb 2022
Lamanai Temples, River Cruise Bird watching, Monkeys
Had a great time, the guide was very informative and was able to answer all questions. Was very relaxing ride on the boat to the ruins saw lots of wildlife.
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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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