Lamanai Mayan Ruins
There are many day tours offered from Belize City, but the Lamanai ruins tour wins the Best-of-All-Day-Tours award hands down. Included in the price is a pick up and drop off at any Belize City hotel, and they do get going early. First you are driven about an hour north of the city to the New River. There you transfer into speedy jungle river boats that travel upstream to the ruins, stopping often to view exotic birds and other wildlife along the way. The guides are excellent and easily spot numerous tropical birds while travelling at 20 miles per hour. On one recent tour we saw amazing birds such as purple gallinules, green-backed herons, olivaceous cormorants, northern jacanas and even the 6 foot tall jabiru stork! Upon your arrival, an excellent box lunch is served and then your boat captain and birding guide turns into a Mayan history buff that offers excellent interpretation of the ruins.
One note of caution: if you are not on a cruise make sure to get on a tour that does not include cruise ship passengers. They are on a very tight schedule and the tour will suffer as a result. There are many good tour companies that offer the Lamanai tour, and all offer great trips, but avoiding the cruise ship tour schedule is important to give this tour the time it deserves.
Sample rates: Book your tour through the tour desk at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel in Belize City for an excellent Lamanai tour. Their rate is $130/person. Call or email the Biltmore and ask for Shermadine to reserve this tour: 011.501.223.2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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