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
This trip gives you the ability to visit one of our most unspoiled Maya archeological treasures as detailed above without experiencing such a long day. $220.00 per person. (min 2)
- Lamanai and New River Excursion by Boat
Depart EP 6:45am – return approximately 6pm
An exceptionally clear and unspoiled river leads 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 one’s for you! Full day tour includes a light breakfast, lunch, entrance fees, water, sodas and rum punch. $135.00 per person. (min 6)