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“Really Great Mayan Site”

Lamanai Mayan Site and New River Tour
Ranked #7 of 84 Tours in Belize District
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New York City, New York
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“Really Great Mayan Site”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Came here with Seaduced Tours and had a great time. Be warned that if you're leaving from San Pedro, you'll be travling for more hours than you're actually at the site. It took 3-4 hours by boat, bus, and another boat to get to the site. It's also really hot and humid (you're in the jungle after all). The site itsel has three temples including the high temple which is the 3rd highest structure in Belize. It's a great workout climbing the sites and once you're at the top, the views are stunning. Worth the visit if you have time!

Visited August 2013
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Round Rock, Texas
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“Great trip and guide”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

Took this trip as an excursion off of the Princess cruise. Was not expecting the boat ride to be so fast, but it was a lot of fun.

Our guide for the day was Ken. He was very informative and was very helpful when climbing the high temple. He pretty much just ran up and down it. He was very happy to show us how to some down on our butts. Felt much safer doing that than trying to walk down.

A trip everyone needs to do.

Visited March 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“An amazing boat ride”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

you can reach Lamanai Archeological site only by boat. So to visit Lamanai you have to have time to spend since the boat ride is almost one and a half hour (one way only).Lamanai is not a big site but it is in the jungle and somewhat isolated, so it continued to exist years after the Spanish conquest.Very nice environment despite the mosquitos massive attack.The people organizing the tour prepare also lunch you have at the premises at the entrance of the site.There is also a small museum operated by students helping in the excavations and live there. During the boat tour we saw many birds and many kinds of orchids.

Visited June 2013
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Tempe, Arizona
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“A Bucket List Experience”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were driven to the New River dock to begin our tour by our driver from the Black Orchid Resort. Our guide, Nathaniel, was waiting for his four groups of people to arrive. I had already seen Nathaniel on a youtube video, so was excited to have this very eloquent guide. He proved throughout the tour that he was indeed an expert on the river, the Mayan site, and even taught us how to speak as the locals do. As we started up the river, Nathaniel gave us the background we needed about the history of the river and the people who live along its banks. He had a keen eye for any animals moving along the banks and in the water. We were able to see an amazing array of plants and animals as we toured the river on our way to the site. People who fly directly in to the site miss a great connection to the landmarks, flora, and fauna we were able to experience. One of the highlights of our entire trip was being able to feed the spider monkey by hand. He was not at all afraid of us; he even held the boat to the bank by his tail while he enjoyed half a banana from all of us. We also saw Mayan fishermen in the river fishing by hand with only the baited hook and the line.

When we arrived at the site, Nathaniel warned us about being prepared for mosquitoes and rain. He also made sure that we understood that this was an ecological site and we were forbidden to pick up anything from here. He was extremely diligent about educating us about every type of plant or animal we happened to see. We learned about the allspice, the largest palm fronds in the world, and a variety of other information just on the way to our first site. He showed us the easy way up this first ancient wonder. This way everyone in our tour got to climb at least one. We learned about the carvings and the artifacts found here. The High Temple was a much harder climb, but the view of the jungle from the top was amazing for those of our party that made it. Even the view from the high terrace was incredible.

Because it was rainy season, we were treated to a group of howler monkeys on our way to the ball court and the Jaguar Temple. Nathaniel was able to call the alpha male, who then brought his companions to converse with us. What a delight! We were also shown how to capture the jaguar carving on the front of the temple so that the photograph would show the jaguar face in 3-D. The resulting photo I got is one of my all-time favorites. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone traveling anywhere near here.

Visited July 2013
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“Lamanai with Suya Tours”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Here's what to expect: Picked up early AM like 7-8 ish right at hotel. Alan was our guide and we bombarded him with questions (teachers seem to do that) but he had the answers. We picked up at 2 other hotels. I only like small tour groups.Took a fast boat ride for about an hour and then stopped and had a provided breakfast of "Breakfast burritos" and the best Orange Juice. I have to say that the thought of eating a breakfast burrito made some of us little nervous going on such a "wilderness" trip but there were no problems and amazingly we weren't too hungry the rest of the day. There is a bathroom stop at breakfast and when you get to Lamanai. After breakfast, there was about an hour van ride through the country. This is always my favorite part, to see how the people live and being able to ask questions. We took another boat (another bathroom stop) and Cedro and Alan, our guides , took us on a scenic and informative ride along the river until we arrived at Lamanai. There we had lunch of chicken, rice, beans, fruit. all delicious. Alan told us all about Regado seasoning and how to make the chicken stew, but I just cant duplicate it at home . Cedro gave the most fascinating tour of Lamanai and I learned so much about the Mayans and the area. On the way, we found a jawbone, holes that Tarantulas lived in (I stayed far away) and lots of answers to our questions.then came the "ruins". Keep in mind that when you climb the temples, you go up on hands and feet. You can use the rope on the way down. No one was forced to climbed and you can wait it the shade. I'm glad I did it, it was so worthwhile and not very strenuous. We walked back tot he boat on a smooth path thru the rain forest. On the ride back there was rum punch, beer and sodas and lots of friendly conversation. It was a very well run, informative,and memorable trip. Bring $10 US for park fee.

Visited June 2013
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