We visited in 2011 mid Caribbean cruise with Carnival. The hour bus ride and hour high-speed boat ride were 100% worth traveling to get to this wonderful oasis in the middle of nowhere. We took a private trip with our family. Our tour guide was local and absolutely amazing, I wish I remembered his name. It absolutely astounds me that more than 3/4 of the ruins haven't been excavated yet. The complex was so quiet for lack of tourists, and full of Howler monkeys. We loved how secluded it was and how respected the temples are since tourists aren't trampling over them by the thousands. The view from the top of the High Temple was breathtaking, you can see up the river for miles. Once we reached the top, as I was completely covered in sweat and exhausted (a 108' climb!) it was nice to take in the views and feel the breeze. To my surprise, my now husband picked that moment to propose to me, so Lamanai will always hold a special place in my heart. Imagine how difficult the climb back down was at that sharp angle after saying yes! We will visit again, maybe for a distant anniversary with our family, and I hope it is as pristine as it was when we visited.
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