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Lamanai Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 77 photos
Lamanai is one of the few Mayan sites to retain its original Mayan name. Lamanai means "Submerged Crocodile" and is located in the jungle along the New River. It is probably the most impressive Mayan site in the northern part of Belize. One highlight is the Mask Temple, which has a 13 foot high mask of a man in crocodile-mouth headdress as a prominent feature.
The tallest temple at Lamanai rises 125 feet above the jungle floor. While not as impressive or as tall as some of the other temples along the Mayan route, this temple is much older. Its construction began close to 100 BC.
We ran into a very friendly group of howler monkeys in the jungle at Lamanai. One of the monkeys even climbed down within a few feet of us before climbing back up into the canopy.
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