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“A great experience”

Lamanai Mayan Site and New River Tour
Ranked #7 of 84 Tours in Belize District
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Indian Head Park,IL.
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75 reviews
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“A great experience”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

For starters,They will pick you up at your Resort.Be prepared to be gone all day.Breakfast and lunch are served to you. From a Historical view point,very informative.You will hear & or see Howler monkey's .There are 4-5 sites you walk to.Eddy our guide was very imformative.There is a fair amount of walkng ,"once" you arrive at the site.Part of the day is traveling from San Pedro to the location near Belize,by boat.

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

There are a number of tour guides to book through but I booked this tour on ShoreExursioneer for our Norwegian cruise ship excursion. Or you can contact Vitalino Reyes directly at cavetubing.bz. It was an amazing tour. Robert (I think that was his name) was our personal driver to the river pickup location and Eddie was our boat driver and tour guide for the Lamani Ruins.

It was fantastic!!! Once we arrived we ate a free lunch that consisted of, what Eddie called, the four legged chicken (probably the best piece of meat I've ever eaten), salad, plantains and beans and rice. Everything was delicious and hot. We had cold beers, water and soda. Then our tour began. Eddie took us through to see the Jaguar Temple. It's bewildering when you see these temples because... 1) How did they build them? 2) Where did they get the tons of rocks (we are in a flat swampy jungle)? 3) How did they get them through the jungle to that remote location? 4) Why not choose someplace more hospitable to build? Our guide says they built there because the land was fertile whereas the land closer to shore wasn't. Well, whatever. It was eye opening. You get to climb the pyramids, which is hard because it's hot, and humid and they are steep but once you get to the top you get an amazing view of the Belize Jungle. The tallest temple is 12 stories high.

When you're walking through the jungle amongst the Howling Monkeys you get struck with the reality that you're walking the same trails that ancient people made over 2,100 years ago. And I wondered again, why would they put so much work into building this amazing city in the middle of the jungle and not on the shoreline where the trading and traveling is easier. It's like they were hiding. But hey, it's just my opinion. And also why hadn't the trees grown in and filled the trails which are 15 feet wide in some spots.

I would love to know what's inside these temples. Eddie noted that only a small part of the temples have been excavated and that while you're standing on top of the tallest temple you can see other pyramid like mountains covered with trees that are actually temples that are still buried.

The Lamani ruins is a bucket list experience that you must not pass on while in Belize.

TIPS: If you are on a cruise and did not book this through the ship you MUST catch the earliest ferry to land as possible. On the Norwegian ship they handed out group numbers for departure time. If you were in group 1 you get to leave at 8am. Try to get as close to group one at possible. We were in group four and barely made the last river tour boat to Lamani. People who book through the ship get priority and leave first and subsequently arrive at the river tour boats first. Do NOT play around. Get in line and get that Group one departure ticket! The tour guides will return you in enough time to catch the ferry back to the ship.

Visited October 2013
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Union, New Jersey
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“New River”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

Took the New River boat tour and visited Lamanai the same day. Very good experience. I even fed cantaloupe to a spider monkey along the bank of the river. Very cool experience. The boat ride itself was long, apprx 1 hour but very smooth altogether.

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San Antonio, Texas
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“Lamanai Ecotours Rock!”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We almost dropped this from our itinerary due to a scheduling conflict. Thankfully we didn’t as this was an awesome experience. We scheduled this trip with Derick Montero, 501-602-9431, derickmontero123@yahoo.com, a friend of William Hofman’s (BelizeShuttle@yahoo.com), and were not disappointed. Derick promptly picked us up and shuttled us up to Orange Walk and to the entry point to Lamanai where Eddie, our tour guide from Lamanai Eco tours, 501-610-1753, took over. Eddie was a fantastic tour guide and demonstrated amazing eyesight as he was able to locate numerous species along our trek to the ruins. We had the opportunity to visit with and feed a monkey living alone on the island. Eddie informed us the monkey’s mate was stolen from the island awhile back, which was sad to hear. After an hour or so on the water, we arrived on location. We ventured off on the tour from here and Eddie did a fantastic job. Though hesitant at first, we tackled the climb to the top (there is a rope to assist you when climbing) and enjoyed the magnificent views. It’s well worth the climb just for the views. After the tour, we enjoyed a lunch of papaya, chicken, salad, rice, beans, etc., and then we returned to the starting point for our trip back to Belize City.

Visited October 2013
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“A long boat ride, then a short time at the Ruin”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We booked our tour through Tropic Air. Flew from San Pedro to Orange Walk. Transferred by van to Eco Tour on the river. The boat ride was 1 1/2 hours, and far from comfortable. Upon arrival, we were escorted to 3 of the ruins buildings - for a tour of about an hour. A good lunch was provided, then back to the boat for a 1 1/2 hour boat ride back; transfer to plane; plane back to San Pedro. Only a few birds and plants were pointed out on the boat ride. Cursory coverage of the ruins themselves. Note: this is NOT a trip for anyone with difficulty walking!

Visited October 2013
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