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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

  • Visit the Lamanai Maya ruins on a day trip from Belize City
  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise
  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city
Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
From US$175.00
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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
From US$175.00

Channel your inner archaeologist on a tour from Belize City to the Lamanai ruins, among the top Maya sites in Belize. The only way to reach the excavated city is by water, so you cruise down the New River and hike through the jungle to reach the legendary Jaguar Temple. No need to pack a lunch, as a picnic on the shores of a jungle lagoon is included.

What to Expect

The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise.

Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts.

Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon.

Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.

Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile
Amazing Adventure!

Had the most incredible time today on our trip to Lamanai! Would recommend to any body who needs a taste of adventure while in Belize! Gorgeous river ride to the ruins, incredible ruins to explore and enjoy and tons of history to soak up! Amazing...More

Thank fourfoldtravels
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing adventure! It was about 45 min. drive from Belize City to get to our boat. The boat was big enough for only six passengers and the driver. Take lots of sunblock and bug spray and sunglasses. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of...More

2  Thank Diane G
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
Exceeded my expectations

This is an amazing excursion! There is some hiking but I'm out of shape and still made it! Amazing views, great guides, and lots of cultural information! Great lunch afterwards. Highly recommend. Adolfo is awesome! We be jamming!

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed 30 July 2018
Wonderful excursion

We chose the option which included a short plane ride to the New River. My husband and I were fortunate to be the only people on the boat. We took a long time going up river as my husband was botanizing and looking at orchids...More

Thank lindalep815
Reviewed 26 April 2018
Elvis took us to the Mayan ruins in Belize, Lamanai for best Carnival tour ever

We booked with Carnival. First tender boat from ship. First to the tour guide Elvis. This was an EXTRAORDINARY trip by bus, boat and foot to the ruins. We had heard and read that this guide was the best and YES he was! We had...More

5  Thank frostyandbob
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Response from 281maryannb | Reviewed this property |
The bus ride is almost two hours each way. You learn a lot about Belize on the way there and back. All together it was around 6-7 hours long. The temples were breathtaking. The road leading up to the temples has been... More