The boat ride was a huge part of the fun of Lamanai - The guide was very knowledgeable. We were speeding along when he noticed an alligator hanging out on a log. He also pointed out the "Jesus birds" which are so nicknamed because the appear to walk on the water (they walk on lily pad leaves). The ruins were very cool - Lamanai was a thriving society for over 2000 years!!! Lamanai apparently survived the collapse of Mayan society, but not the Spanish conquest!
The site was really big! The main pyramid is huge and quite steep..... there is actually a rope on the main "staircase" to hold onto as you are walking down. There were a lot of people who were a little freaked out on the way down - so if you have issues with heights, this specific pyramid at Lamanai is not for you! There is plenty to see even if you don't climb the main pyramid. The stucco carvings are quite impressive.