After a road transfer, you will hop into a river boat for a scenic ride on the New River Lagoon. The hour long boat ride is a haven for nature lovers / birders since it boasts numerous species of water birds that live along this rich and diverse ecosystem. You may even be lucky enough to see monkeys, iguanas, and Morelet crocodiles as they sun themselves on the river banks. There are also interesting flora and fauna to be seen at the Lamanai Archeological Reserve.
Lamanai, meaning “Submerged Crocodile”, is one of Belize’s largest, and oldest, ceremonial centers. Located on the banks of the 30 mile long New River Lagoon, in the Orange Walk District, just north of Belize City. Archeologists have recorded this site as having one of the longest occupational spans in the Mayan World. Lamanai was occupied continuously for over 3, 000 years from 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1675. It contains eight major plazas; a ball court with the largest known ball court marker; a well-preserved mask of a Maya ruler emerging from a crocodile headdress; a 108 foot tall temple, one of the largest Preclassic structures in the Maya area; an intricately carved stelae depicting the ruler “Lord Smoking Shell”; all focal points at the site. Found also at this site are remains of a Christian, “Indian Church”, which revealed that in 1544, the Spaniards had built a church on top of a Maya temple. Walk back in the time of the Mayas and discover the authenticity of this unique city, climb ancient Maya Temples and explore the rainforest below with a panoramic view from atop the “High Temple”.
Hike back to the lunch area for a traditional Belizean lunch while enjoying the scenery of the lagoon.
The onsite museum is just a stroll away where you can find artifacts that were discovered in this ancient Maya City.