"Lamanai National Park" Mayan Ruins: Lamanaļ Tip by bettybettylicious

Mayan Ruins: Lamanaļ, Belize: 11 reviews and 26 photos

We took a day trip to the Lamanai Wildlife Reserve, just for a change of pace. Of course, we chose the hottest day of the week to go.

We did our tour through Searious Adventures. It was very well run, although it was a very long day. At 7am, you are picked up at the dock and you take a 1.5 hour boat ride to the mainland. After that, we get in a van for 45 min (where we witnessed a columbian drug bust on the road!!) to get on another boat and it's another 1.5 hours to the park. The cool part is that breakfast is served on the 1st boat ride, and it is quite good (johnny cakes, fresh fruit). We were also served rum punch and beers if we wanted (why not at 9am?!). during the 2nd leg, we also saw quite a few different types of birds, bats, and tried to look for crocodiles. It was very hot, however, so sunscreen was a must. The guides are very good, and gave us a lot of unsolicited information about Belize and its culture.

Once we got to the park, we had lunch, and then had a few minutes to explore the small museum and the handicraft shops. Then we took a short trek through the jungle and learned about the wildlife. We were able to see a family of monkeys napping in a tree.

We visited 3 sites where we were able to see the ruins. The first one was not climbable, but the 2nd and 3rd ones were. These ruins were different than the ones in Mexico City because the steps were very tall and steep, and they were also a bit shorter. The view was amazing at the top! There are apparently hundreds more sites, but becuase of resources, the Belizean Gov can't support excavation.

The worst part was going back - the 2 boat rides and the van ride. We were all exhausted by the time we got back. but it was an interesting experience to see the mainland and the ancient ruins.

Directions: Book with Searious Adventures.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 23, 2008
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