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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize provided by Discovery Belize

Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize
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Tour snapshot
Visit the Lamanai Maya ruins on a day trip from Belize City
Duration:
9h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
200
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Channel your inner archaeologist on a tour from Belize City to the Lamanai ruins, among the top Maya sites in Belize. The only way to reach the excavated city is by water, so you cruise down the New River and hike through the jungle to reach the legendary Jaguar Temple. No need to pack a lunch, as a picnic on the shores of a jungle lagoon is included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise
  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the side of a tropical lagoon
What to expect
The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise. Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts. Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon. Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise
  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the side of a tropical lagoon
What to expect
The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise. Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts. Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon. Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from select Belize City hotels
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Fuel surcharge for hotels located north of San Pedro.
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from all hotels and Air B&Bs in Belize City.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise port pickup and drop off not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from select Belize City hotels
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Fuel surcharge for hotels located north of San Pedro.
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from all hotels and Air B&Bs in Belize City.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise port pickup and drop off not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Guest get to explore an ancient Maya city. Your expert guide will fill in the history and stories connected with the temples, ball courts, stellae and onsite museum.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Taylor N
3 contributions
Couples
This tour was fantastic. Coconut Pete was incredibly informative and very passionate about his work. I think he must have X-ray vision cause he spot every animal from tiny bats to crocodiles to howler monkeys from a mile away! Would highly recommend this tour.
Written July 8, 2022
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Kelvin R
Thank you for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour!
Written July 9, 2022
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S. Tillie
21 contributions
This excursion was amazing! Our guides were amazing and fun. They had extensive knowledge on the area. We were lucky enough to climb and explore the ruins. We were greeted by Howler Monkeys and entered a lush jungle were the ruins stood tall. The only reason that this was not a 5 star, was the short time we got to spend at the site. I do understand that the company we booked with were on a tight time table but I think adding an extra hour (or two) would be plenty of time to get more information about the site and make the experiance not a rushed one. This place is amazing and I want to learn more!
Written February 11, 2020
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Dave H
9 contributions
This was my 2nd time to Belize. I took the same excursion both times. Doris and Dave are amazing tour guides extremely informative and very friendly. I was thrilled to see I had them as my tour guide again. The bus ride Flys by with all the information they give you . And the speed boat ride is just amazing to see all the wildlife there. The temples are breath taking so amazing to climb them seeing hearing howler monkeys in the distance. It was impressive no mater what I asked they new the answer. Doris even made sure she found me some Belize money before I left. I highly recommend this excursion
Written March 16, 2022
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Kelvin R
Thanks for sharing and so glad you enjoyed your tour.
Written March 18, 2022
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Diane G
Norman, OK94 contributions
Absolutely amazing adventure! It was about 45 min. drive from Belize City to get to our boat. The boat was big enough for only six passengers and the driver. Take lots of sunblock and bug spray and sunglasses. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the river and showed us a lot of beautiful creatures and took his time for us to enjoy the boat ride. Highly recommend it for bird watching enthusiasts. Once we got to Lamanai he provided us with a water bottle and had time to use the bathroom prior to getting started. Saw a tucán and close up howling monkeys. It was awesome! Plus side no cruise ship that day so besides us there was another group so talk about amazing photo opportunities. The site it self was magnificent but felt that the guide was rushing and lacked knowledge of the ruins. Once we completed the tour we had 20 minuets to look at the museum and shop. Not a lot of time. The shacks there are well priced. Bought a dress and shirt for $20 USD total. I would recommend bringing a snack on the way. It takes 45 minuets to get back to eat lunch. It was after 2pm by the time we made it back. Food was delicious!
Plan on a long HOT day. I don’t recommend it for young children. I know mine would have been complaining of the heat and being hungry. Worth it all in my book just be prepared!
Written September 5, 2018
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frostyandbob
Cheyenne, WY50 contributions
Couples
We booked with Carnival. First tender boat from ship. First to the tour guide Elvis. This was an EXTRAORDINARY trip by bus, boat and foot to the ruins. We had heard and read that this guide was the best and YES he was! We had an exceptional tour from the moment we left the pier by bus. Then we boarded a speed boat for an amazing trip into the interior before arriving at the archeological Lamanai site. We loved the history and tour. The lunch provided was delicious, we wanted the recipes. Back by bus to the pier after an amazing day. Best Carnival tour we have ever taken!
Written April 26, 2018
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crb16
Boston, MA49 contributions
Couples
My husband and I went on our first cruise, and this was our favorite excursion. There are so many to choose from thanks to the ship's offers, so choose wisely! However, we learned that Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef. I would have loved to go snorkeling if I knew that!

Anyways, the trip was long but worth it. It was mostly traveling between walking through the port, getting to our bus, traveling 1.5 hours to our destination, and then taking a quick speed boat ride to the ruins site. The bus ride gives you a chance to take a nap on your way back and goes pretty quickly if you sightsee out the window on the way there. The speedboat is pretty fun. When you return, you can quickly shop on your way back to the ship .. or more like tender since you have to take a boat to your cruise ship.

The ruins were very interesting and definitely worth seeing. You get to climb the highest ruin on the site I believe. It was recommended to bring bug spray, and I certainly agree . However, I did get a tick so beware!

Before you load the bus to return, you get to have a decent lunch at the speedboat stop.

FYI there is wifi on the port.

Also, wear comfortable clothes and SNEAKERS! I thought it was crazy that some people were in flip flops and sandals since it was very clear that we would be doing a lot of walking. You "hike" through the forest for a good 45 minutes.
Written April 3, 2018
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Thomas F
San Jose, CA8 contributions
Although the bus ride is long and not very interesting, the river safari is worth it. The Lamanai ruins are extensive and include one of the highest remaining towers. This excursion took every minute of our shore time in Belize City.
Written November 25, 2018
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Ron V
Seminole, FL44 contributions
Couples
We have been to other ruins in Belize. These are some of the best. This was an excursion from our ship. It included a boat ride to the site and a small lunch. The park it self was very nice. It had some very nice temples and was a relatively easy walk around the entire site and well paced. Guides were friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend
Written January 31, 2019
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Latrece L
Clifton35 contributions
Friends
My friends and I visited on a Monday afternoon and had the entire site to ourselves. It was an amazing experience and we had the opportunity to visit the museum while we were there. To top it off, we purchased souvenirs from the vendors at the site in the end.
Written December 30, 2019
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KelvinRamnarace
Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the review.
Written January 1, 2020
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SanIgnacio
Sarteneja, Belize26 contributions
Saw some crocks. Plenty of birds. The boat trip was easy. The pictures of the ruins didn’t do it justice. The ruins are awesome.
Written April 13, 2019
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