Belize´s Mayan Temples: Stairways to Heaven


If you are interested in seeing dramatic and beautiful archaeological sites, Belize does not disappoint. Mayan sites such as Cahal Pech, Lamanai, Santa Rita, Cerros, El Pilar and Lubaantun are all worth a visit. Perhaps of special interest are the oldest excavation site - Xunantunich, which has its own full time guide, Altun Ha which is the most completely excavated and Caracol, the supreme where the tallest manmade structure in Belize can be found.

Lamanai Mayan Temples & The New River Safari

We run a double trip to visit Lamanai and the New River.

After an hour’s drive up the Northern Highway, board a riverboat at Tower Hill and head up the New River. While traversing the many little creeks and lagoons, it is easy to encounter hawks and falcons. You may also see dainty Jacanas lightly walking on the lily pads while the crocodiles bask in the morning sunlight.

At the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the ruins of Lamanai (Maya for “Submerged Crocodile”) rise into view. While touring this site, huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rainforest amid the chatter of birdlife and the haunting call of the Howler Monkey. Your guide will point out the Ceiba and Ramon trees, which were of great importance in Mayan times.

Departures from San Pedro: Daily 6:30 AM Return at 5:00 PM. Cost: US $135.00 (does not include tax)