We booked a full day excursion to the ruins through our hotel (Black Orchid Resort). There first is a drive to the "Lamanai Outpost" where you board a small boat. You then travel by boat for about an hour to the actual ruins. Along the way our guide pointed out various birds and wildlife. The ruins themselves are not huge like Tikal, but had very few other visitors which made them so enjoyable (book your trip when the cruise ships are not in port). The ruins also afforded some nice some wildlife spotting. Another nice plus was the ability to actually climb to the top of the temples for very nice views. This was not the case at other ruins we visited. I think the total excursion is about 6-7 hours with 2 1/2 hours at the ruins (with lunch).
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