Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour
One of the largest and oldest Mayan sites in Central America, the Lamanai Mayan Center consists of more than 800 structures. Archeologists believe this center of Mayan civilization was settled as early as 1500 B.C. Named for the crocodiles who continue to live in and along the New River, (lamanai means submerged crocodile in Mayan), the site is reached by taking a boat upriver through the jungle or by plane. We offer trips by boat or by plane.
Excavation of the site began in 1974 and it is believed that hundreds of ruins remain buried in the nearby jungle. A number of significant structures have been excavated and can be explored by visitors including the Ball Court, Jaguar Temple and Lag Temple where a 125 foot climb to the top is rewarded with an incredible panoramic view of the ruins and New River Lagoon.
Lamanai Activity packages
- Lamanai and New River Excursion by Air
Fly to Orange Walk Town and then enjoy a leisurely boat ride up the historic New River on your journey to the Lamanai archaeological site. Along the way you will see numerous species of wildlife such as turtles, exotic birds, crocodiles and iguanas. Tour the site of Lamanai to see one of the tallest pre-classic buildings, the ruins of a Spanish Church and an old Sugar Mill. $205.00 per person. (min 2)
- Lamanai and New River Excursion by Boat
Boat to the mainland and up the exceptional clear and unpolluted New River leading you to the New River Lagoon and the ancient Mayan City of Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile). Tour temples and carved stone monuments nestled in the tropical jungle. The excavations done at Lamanai show a variety of structures including temples, residences and palace buildings. Birdwatchers, this is the one for you! $135.00 per person. (min 6)