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“Absolutely book through Tropic Air”

Lamanai Mayan Site and New River Tour
Ranked #7 of 85 Tours in Belize District
Certificate of Excellence
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Absolutely book through Tropic Air”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

I did a lot of research ahead of time on tours to Lamanai, and I am SO glad that I ultimately decided to book through Tropic Air. I read several reviews online of trips booked through other airlines that involved 45 minute long taxi rides (and keep in mind that taxi rides in Belize are not as comfortable as taxi rides in the U.S. -- especially in the air conditioning department), however, with Tropic Air, you fly in much closer to the site where you get on the river boat and your taxi ride is only about 5-8 minutes long. The river boat ride was excellent and provided a very nice breeze on a hot day in Belize. Our guide showed us lots of wildlife including a spider monkey (that some people on our boat got to hand feed fruit to!), lots of different birds, bats, and crocodiles. Once we arrived at Lamanai, we did an hour and a half walking tour of the site and saw several temples and even some howler monkeys way up in the trees. The guide was very informative and friendly, and overall the whole trip was just wonderful. It even included a delicious lunch that we ate at the pavillions at Lamanai. Highly recommend this trip -- but do it with Tropic Air!

Visited June 2013
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Hollywood, Florida
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46 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Awesome Ruin! Awesome Boat Ride!”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Lamanai is great! Just getting there is half the fun.

First you take a boat ride along the New River where you can see crocodiles and birds. There is even a small German Mennonite village along the river!

The Lamanai Archaeological Reserve is like something out of an "Indiana Jones" film. You are litterally in the middle of nowhere, with Howler Monkeys and various birds surrounding you.

The ruins are a site to be seen. Very immaculately detailed and well preserved. While all of Belize's ruins can be climbed. This is one of the few ruins you can walk right up to from the front. In all, the High Temple is about 120 feet high and towers over the jungle!

Visited January 2013
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Qualicum Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“A wonderful excursion, that almost turned into a disaster”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Booked the BELIZE LAMANAI MAYAN RUINS EXPERIENCE through ISLAND MARKETING (CAYMEN) LTD
This excursion could have turned out to be a nightmare, because of carelessness of our guide. Firstly, we were quite late leaving for the tour,( about an hour) and then we were split up into 2 groups. One group was a party of about 14 Russians, and our party had about 22 persons. When we got to the river boat dock, our party was due to embark on the newer bigger boat, after some delay, the smaller Russian party boarded the larger newer boat, and our party were crammed into the smaller boat ,even our guide had to sit on the water cooler in the front of the boat. This did not seem to make sense, and some of our party suspected that someone from the Russian party had " made a deal" with the guides to get the larger boat. Nevertheless, we all got to the ruins, had a good tour ( although the lunch was not very satisfactory), but our awful experience was now to begin. At the end of the tour of the ruins, we were told to make our way down to the dock, we used the toilet facilities first then made our way down to the dock where to our horror we noticed the 2 boats leaving. By the time I ran down to the jetty, both boats had just left. There was another tour operators boat about to leave, but the guide would not allow us to get on, smoothing to do with insurance liabilities we were told later. My wife started a major panic, there we were in the middle of the jungle, no transportation, and our cruise due to leave in less than 3 hours. With our tour being about an hour late from the start, I surmise the guide was in a hurry to get going and failed to do a thorough head count. I noticed a few people back at the camp area, where there was a group from Ecotours. Their guide was very concerned for us, we had a phone number of the tour office, he phoned in but only got a recorded message. He said he would take us to the end of the river, where we may gat a cab to get us to our ship on time. About 3/4 of the way down river we came across our tour boat and guide waiting for us. Somehow he managed to find out where we were, and after I gave the Ecotours guide a very generous tip for "saving" us, we had to change boats in the middle of the river! We only made it to the cruise ship tender with 10 minutes to spare. I hate to think what the consequences could have been if Ecotours were not there, no passport or identification with us and not too much money. Not a pleasant experience! Hope Island marketing Address this issue. I did write to them but they did not even bother to reply. I suggest another tour operator

Visited March 2013
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Greenville, South Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Lamanai and New River were amazing!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

We planned our trip with Tuff ENuff, and it was excellent. They were on time and the staff was very nice. Our guide knew so much about the river and forest wildlife and the Mayan history, our family learned a lot during this trip. The ruins were beautiful and well preserved, and we got to see all of them during our visit. Since we had a limited amount of time at the site (about 3 hours) we only climbed one of the pyramids (however all of them can be escalated) and the view up there was breathtaking : a panorama of the surrounding jungle and river. The visit wasn't rushed at all either, which made it very enjoyable and relaxing. The food was also excellent. Although there are about 4-5 hours journey to get there form Ambergris Caye, the tour is worth every minute of travel. There are also a lot of interesting things to see on the way there, so time passes quite quickly. This was overall an amazing trip and tour, I would highly recommend going. The ruins are stunning and the guides are very nice, knowledgable and relaxed. You definitely will not regret going!

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Lamanai is awesome!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

It's true, we have visited many Mayan ruins in this part of the world. But the setting makes Lamanai one of the most beautiful. If you are going to go to these ruins you absolutely MUST do it with Lamanai Ecotours. Errol Cadle was our tour guide and we had a fabulous trip! His many years of experience were evident as he explained the wonders of nature as we zipped through the rainforest in our comfy, speedy boat. He would always stop and give us a chance to take pix of any cool flora and fauna like the closing lillies, monkeys, turtles and a couple of crocs! When we arrived we were given an authentic Belizean meal (not just snacks). DELISH!!! Then he led us on a guided tour through the tiny, but extremely interesting museum. Then to the ruins we went. It's well worth the 112-step climb for the breathtaking view of the the jungle and river. My only word of caution for anyone who goes on this ECO-tour is to remember that it IS in the jungle so don't forget your Off! Seriously the closer to the ruins you get the more these mosquitoes resemble small birds. But other than that everything is GREAT! In fact, on the way back we even saw several Mayans catching fish, using the same methods they have for centuries. This was a great way to spend our day! BTW we were with my in-laws, in their 60s, who were more than able to cover the terrain of the tour, but not actually climb the ruin itself. But they still had a great time. Also, there are clean bathrooms both where you board the boat and once you get to the ruins.

Visited May 2013
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