Events in Belize

Filter Events by Sub-Category

Please select a Date first.

Search for a company in Belize

Welcome

Login to your account below, if you do not have an account, select Register.

Or Login with your preferred Social Media Account

Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google

Register your account below, if you already have an account, select Login.

Lamanai

Hidden in the forest near Belize’s largest freshwater lagoon lies Lamanai, a monumental city of the distant past.

  1. Lamanai
Hidden in the forest near Belize’s largest freshwater lagoon lies Lamanai, a monumental city of the distant past. Crafted by and credited to the great Maya civilization that once thrived here, this awe-inspiring architectural wonder is an attractive destination for any thrill-seeking modern explorer.
 
Situated along the banks of one of Belize’s largest and most impressive river networks, this once great city is now buried in thick jungle. Though the ruins can be reached by road, they are best accessed by boat. The waters of the nearby New River wind from deep in the forests of Northern Belize and empties into the Corozal Bay to the East. Contrary to its contemporary name, this river is the very same ancient channel which provided food, transit and clean drinking water to the builders of Lamanai over 2000 years ago.
 
Maya art and myth depict the earth as positioned on the back of a large swimming reptile, often seen as a crocodile. Furthermore, the famous Maya God, Itzamná, carries the symbol of the crocodile and is associated with rain, sun, earth, fertility, and abundance.

Stone Face, Lamanai 

Because the Maya people depended on agriculture, this deity was of the highest importance. So high in fact, that the High Temple at Lamanai is said to be for this god of rains. Towering 33 meters into the sky, the High Temple offers a breathtaking view of the New River Valley and Lagoon. High atop this man-made mountain, ancient priests would have prayed to the sky-dwelling gods for a plentiful harvest.
 
Some Archaeologists suggest that the Maya civilization crumbled after a prolonged drought which affected their crops. The story has it, the people then turned against their rulers, who could not uphold their promises to appease the gods. Lamanai’s proximity to freshwater for irrigation allowed the population here to survive many years beyond those of neighboring cities.
 
Today, the rains have returned and the freshwater near Lamanai is still good to drink. Many tour guides boast of drinking directly from the river… but watch out for crocodiles, because they share the waters.

Aerial View 

How to get to Lamanai
From Belize City, head north by road for about an hour on the Philip Goldson Highway. Shortly before reaching Orange Walk Town, you'll cross a toll bridge and will need to pay $ 0.75 BZD. Charter a boat or buy a seat from a local tour operator for an exhilarating trip up the river to find the ruin. By air, you can fly from Placencia or San Pedro and arrange for a tour operator to pick you up from the Orange Walk Airport or for an aerial view book a helicopter tour and see the ruin from the sky.
 

Directions

Water Bank, Orange Walk

View Larger Map

Best For

  • Free
  • Mature Travellers
  • Backpackers
  • Students
  • Cultural Experience

Gallery

My Lists

Create New Guide

OR

Mini Guides
Arrow

Login to create your guides for Belize.

Add to My Guide

Create New Guide

Cancel

Cancel

Mini Guides

Create & Share Your Own 'Mini Guide to Belize'

Create your own guide of favourite 'must see' places

Earn your Local Expert badge by Sharing your guides with others

Get your guide seen by submitting it to the Mini Guides section

Lists

Part of the My Guide Network

My Guide Belize is part of the global My Guide Network of Online & Mobile travel guides.

We are now in 120+ Destinations and Growing. If you are interested in becoming a local travel partner and would like to find out more then click for more info about our Website Business Opportunity.

Nearby Destinations

Quick Pay

Pay By Card


 Store Card Details for Quick Pay