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Lamanai Maya Temple and Baboon Encounter from Belize City

Belize City, Belize

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Good for avoiding crowds


Travel back in time to ancient Mesoamerica with a tour of the spectacular and mysterious Lamanai ruins from Belize City. Cruise along the scenic New River to reach the secluded Mayan temples tucked into the dense jungle, and learn about the civilizations that thrived here for thousands of years while exploring sacred ceremonial sites, plazas, stone carvings and ball courts. Encounter Belize’s screeching black howler monkeys and enjoy a typical buffet lunch to cap off the archaeological adventure.
  • Day tour of the Lamanai ruins from Belize City
  • Travel to the Orange Walk District and along the scenic New River
  • Tour the ruins of an ancient Mayan civilization that dates back to 1500 BC
  • Explore ceremonial temples, plazas, stone carvings and a recreational ball court with a local guide
  • Encounter vocal black howler monkeys in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch of typical Belizean cuisine
  • Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included
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Local taxes
Local guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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Belize City hotels and port

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Returns to original departure point
Boasting sacred structures that date back to 1500 BC, Lamanai was once an important trading hub between Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras and is considered one of the oldest continuously occupied sites in Mesoamerica. Your expedition begins with morning pickup at your Belize City hotel or the port and a drive north to the Orange Walk District. As you approach the site along the beautiful New River, the ancient temples of Lamanai — which means ‘submerged crocodile’ — rise majestically out of the jungle.

Explore the fascinating archaeological site with a guide, walking among ceremonial pyramids, open-air plazas, the ball court and other remnants of ancient Mayan civilization. Learn about history of Lamanai and the many people who have occupied it for more than three millennia, building new structures on top of old ones to avoid destroying ancestral sites. Admire the impressive scale and stone carvings of highlights like the Jaguar and Mask Temples.

After touring the ruins, take a walk on the wild side through the habitats of local black howler monkeys. Recharge with a fresh buffet lunch of typical Belizean cuisine before relaxing on the return journey to Belize City, where the 6-hour tour concludes with hotel or port drop-off.
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Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Admission Ticket Included
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AyinHa Adventures
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • OPERATED BY AyinHa Adventures Limited

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Lamanai was awe inspiring. Our...
Tamara A
, Nov 2017
Lamanai was awe inspiring. Our guide Hilberto was awesome. Our group of 4 had a dedicated guide for the entire day. He picked us up at the hotel and stayed with us all day. He was very knowledgeable of the history of Belize and Lamanai. Seeing the ruins and learning about the history was the highlight of the day. The Baboon Encounter was good as well. The trails were flooded by the river, but the personnel at the black howler monkey reserve were able to call the monkeys to us. We were able to interact with the howler monkeys up close and personal. The lunch that was provided was really good!
The tour operator, AyinHa, was very...
june w
, Feb 2017
The tour operator, AyinHa, was very accommodating of specific needs we had for pick up and drop off, they were fabulous to work with. The Lamanai site is so awesome and the visit to the sanctuary was absolutely incredible. We got a chance to feed a little one some fruit right from our hands.
Fantastic tour! Our guides were...
, Jul 2016
Fantastic tour! Our guides were knowledgable and friendly, the staff were welcoming at Ayun Ha, and the tour was very fun.

Product code: 36482P1

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