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Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize

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Discover ancient Mayan architecture on an excursion through Belize's exotic landscapes. You'll enjoy stunning views and spot diverse wildlife as you make your way to the Lamanai ruins, one of the most famous sights in Belize. Accessible only by water and a brief hike, this adventure is fun for the whole family.
  • Visit the Lamanai Maya ruins on a day trip from Belize City
  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise
  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the side of a tropical lagoon
What to Expect
The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise. Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts. Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon. Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels and Air B&Bs in Belize City.
Departure Time
7:30 AM
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from select Belize City hotels
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Lamanai Archaeological Reserve
  • Gratuities
  • Fuel surcharge for hotels located north of San Pedro.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise port pickup and drop off not available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 8 August 2019

My boyfriend & I booked this tour from our cruise and I could not be more pleased. Our guide was Bernie & he had us cracking up the whole ride to the boats an hour away which then took us to the temples. The boat...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Dez'rah J
KelvinRamnarace, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Expeditions Belize Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2019

Thanks so much for this great review and we're happy you enjoyed.

Reviewed 3 July 2019 via mobile

Everyone was very nice with us. Very attentive. Plan for bug spray for Lamanai visit. (No mosquito on the boat trip) Food was hand made and very good (chicken stew, rice and beans) Guide showed us a lot of plants flowers and animals on the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Marion M
Reviewed 13 April 2019

Saw some crocks. Plenty of birds. The boat trip was easy. The pictures of the ruins didn’t do it justice. The ruins are awesome.

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank SanIgnacio
Reviewed 26 March 2019

This may sound petty, but I was impressed by Discovery Expeditions the moment I saw their clean, well maintained restrooms. The excursion was very well organized and our guide, Carlos, stopped the boat whenever we encountered wildlife, which was often. While at Lamanai, we had...More

Date of experience: March 2019
2  Thank Barbara O
Reviewed 26 February 2019 via mobile

One of the best tours I've been on thus far. Everything was so organize and perfect!! The staff and tour guides were so helpful and very informative. The scenery was breathtaking both on the river and at the Mayan temples. Would do it again in...More

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25 January 2019|
Response from frostyandbob | Reviewed this property |
We booked this through Carnival Cruise Line. I do not know how to do this tour locally. Sorry
22 July 2018|
Response from frostyandbob | Reviewed this property |
There was no plane. We signed up on our cruise ship and took the tour that way.
24 May 2018|
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Response from 281maryannb | Reviewed this property |
The bus ride is almost two hours each way. You learn a lot about Belize on the way there and back. All together it was around 6-7 hours long. The temples were breathtaking. The road leading up to the temples has been... More
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