Lamanai Archaeological Site

Category
Attraction
Type of Attraction
Archaeological Site, Landmark
District/Region
Orange Walk
Description
Highlights
  • History
  • Hiking
  • Forest
  • Ceremonial Site
  • Temple of the Mask
About Location
The name "Lamanai" means submerged crocodile. Located in in the Orange Walk District, Lamanai is known to be the longest continuously-occupied Mayan site in Mesoamerica. Lamanai is one of the largest ceremonial sites in Belize that even includes over a hundred of other minor structures in the sorrounding area. It is also one of the few archaeological sites that had structures successfully built on top of other pre-existing structures. Quite fascinating!
 
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$
140
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Enjoy a calm boat ride with the view of wildlife such as crocodiles, birds, and hawks as you make your way to the very isolated site of Lamanai. Explore three large pyramids, various ... morerestored stelae, open plazas, as well as a small but unique ball court. Lamanai meaning “Submerged Crocodile” is one of the few sites that were able to preserve its original name and many other original qualities that you will be able to enjoy on this historical tour.
$
80
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$
100
/ Adult
Departs From:
Belize City
Enjoy a chance of spotting crocodiles, iguanas, bats and many water birds on the one hour boat ride up the new river tour to the site. Your Visit includes 3 open plazas, a stela ball ... morecourt, a host of birds and Black Howler.

Lamanai (from Lama’anayin, “submerged crocodile” in Yucatec Maya) is a Mesoamerican archaeological site and was once a considerably sized city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. The site’s name is pre-Columbian, recorded by early Spanish missionaries, and documented over a millennium earlier in Maya inscriptions as Lam’an’ain.

Lamanai was occupied as early as the 16th century BC. The site became a prominent center in the Pre-Classic Period, from the 4th century BC through the 1st century CE. In 625 CE, “Stele 9” was erected there in the Yucatec language of the Maya. Lamanai continued to be occupied up to the 17th century AD. During the Spanish conquest of Yucatán, Spanish friars established two Roman Catholic churches here, but a Maya revolt drove the Spanish out. The site was subsequently incorporated by the British in British Honduras, passing with that colony’s independence to Belize.

The vast majority of the site remained unexcavated until the mid-1970s. Archaeological work has concentrated on the investigation and restoration of the larger structures, most notably the Mask Temple, Structure N10-9 (“Temple of the Jaguar Masks”) and High Temple. The summit of this latter structure affords a view across the surrounding jungle to a nearby lagoon, part of New River.

A significant portion of the Temple of the Jaguar Masks remains under the grassy earth or is covered in dense jungle growth. Unexcavated, it would be significantly taller than the High Temple.
$
75
/ Person
Departs From:
Orange Walk Town
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Lamanai Ruins & River Expeditions Depart from our Marina after breakfast, Board Riverboat and head down the scenic New River. Your guide will make periodic stops to introduce you ... moreto the areas abundant Flora and Fauna and maybe a Crocodile or two. The waterway opens up to The New River Lagoon. One-half mile on the right reigns the ancient city of Lamanai. A walking tour of the main plazas with towering pyramids and ancient history will transport you back into that mystical era. Enjoy some refreshments and board your riverboat en route back to the hotel where a scrumptious local lunch awaits.

Lamanai (Maya for Submerged Crocodile) is one of the largest sites in Belize and is the Maya City with the longest period of occupancy lasting over 3,000 years. The central area contains eight main groups of buildings, including a much-photographed temple featuring a pair of unique masks rising 15 feet tall. Each has been sculpted from a block of limestone instead of being molded from plaster over a stone which was the usual practice in the Maya world.
$
195
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$
245
/ Adult
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
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Lamanai Mayan Ruins is among the best Mayan Ruins to visit while in Belize. Take a River Boat up to the Lamanai Mayan site and learn about the flora and fauna along the way. You also ... morewill learn all about the Maya history and their influence to the Belize and the world. Climb the Mayan Temples, visit the onsite museum and take pictures of howler monkeys and exotic birds. Lamanai Mayan Ruins Tour takes you back in time exploring ancient limestone temples.
$
150
/ Person
Departs From:
Belize City
Provider:
The Ancient Mayan Temple of Lamanai is located along the river banks of The New River, Orange Walk District, Belize. Known as the longest continuously occupied site in all of Mesoamerica, ... moreLamanai boasts a wealth of history. Lamanai pronounced Lama'an/ayin means "submerged crocodile." The structures found at Lamanai are some of the oldest in Belize and many believe that this site was of moderate in size dated as early as 1500 BC. Some of the newer temples were occupied as recently as the 18th century AD. This means that Lamanai was occupied for a little over 3200 years! With an estimated population of about 34,000. How impressive!! Lamanai's trading over the borders of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. Today only 5% of the 800 buildings within the complex have been excavated and explored. Interesting fact about Lamanai: these temples were built in layers which suggest that successive populations would build upon the temples of their ancestors instead of destroying them. Some of the most famous temples are the Jaguar Temple, The Ball Court, The High Temple (El Castillo) and the Mask Temple.
$
175
/ Person
Departs From:
San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
Emerge yourself into a maze of river branches with untouched foliage terrains that form habitats to hundreds of species of wildlife like crocodiles & spider monkeys. Feel the rush ... moreen route the New River shiftlessly flowing into the sudden openness of the New River Lagoon. A few hundred meters beyond the banks of this revealing lagoon concealed by the rainforest is Lamanai Mayan Site. This Mayan city bears a powerful history that it still inspires the feeling of supremacy, that it once held. With about 95% of the city still remains unexposed, you can experience the sudden presence of the temples as you trail along the jungle paths. Lamanai is found within a reserve of wildlife and plants, where along the marked paths you will come across labeled trees and plants and various other wildlife creatures.

The tour offers a complimentary hour & 30 minutes Water Taxi transfer to Belize City where you will journey along Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, mangroves and get a glimpse of St. George’s Caye before arriving the commercial City of Belize where you will meet your tour guide. From there you board their private vehicle as you begin a 50-60 minutes journey on the Phillip Goldson Highway to Tower Hill. From here you get to know your captain, aboard the boat and off the amazing jungle river safari, and on your way to the Mayan City of Lamanai.
$
155
/ Person
Departs From:
Orange Walk Town
Provider:
THE MYSTERIES OF THE MAYA Enjoy a delightful continental breakfast as we make our way to the mainland by boat. Along the way the guides point out the rich variety of flora & fauna. ... moreOnce on the mainland we board a private bus or van that takes us to Tower Hill.

Upon arrival at Tower Hill we board another boat that takes us down the New River to Lamanai. As we make our way down the river we encounter birds, monkeys & crocodiles.

At Lamanai we take a break for lunch, served under the canopy of the jungle; followed by a guided tour of the ruins that perch on the water’s edge. Includes: breakfast & lunch.
$
180
/ Person
Departs From:
Caye Caulker
Lamanai Tour; Wear long pants, closed shoes, and long sleeve.
$
90
/ Person
Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
The package deal can be arranged, including: Altun Ha, Baboon Sanctuary and Lamanai.
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