Lamanai

Lamanai Mayan Ruins
Lamanai Mayan Ruins

After breakfast in Belize City, we met our guide Nathaniel, for Lamanai. As we headed north to Orange Walk Town we took a tour of Belize City but the reality is that there is not much to see even if the weather was good. It was slow going this morning as the rain had switched to a torrent. At the bank of the New River we picked up our boat for the 26 miles ride to Lamanai.

Hawk
Hawk

Ball Court
Ball Court

There is a road overland but it is in poor shape, out of the way, and nowhere near as interesting as a boat ride can be. Once on the river the rain let up a bit so that we were hopeful to see wildlife. The morning chill kept the crocodiles hidden but we did manage to see some roosting bats, as well as the typical water birds. Essentially, Nathaniel was not very interested in looking for wildlife.

Howler Monkey
Howler Monkey

As with the previous site we have visited, this too was nestled amid thick jungle vegetation with exotic birds and howler monkeys. The site was the same yet different from the other sites we visited, definitely smaller in scale and constructed adjacent to a water body. The site consists of over 700 mapped Maya structures including Temple of the Jaguar. Lamanai is one of the biggest and most beautiful of the Maya sites in Belize and was continuously occupied for over 3,000 years.