Lamanai New River Boat Tour

Background Information

The day tour starts at 6:30am from San Ignacio with a two-hour drive along the Western and Northern Highways of Belize, relax and enjoy the ride and views of local village life, farmland and glimpses of the Mayan Mountains.

After arriving at Carmelita Village in the Orange Walk District, guests will board a river boat and embark on a picturesque boat ride along the New River to the Lamanai Mayan Site. During the boat excursion guests will have the opportunity to see wildlife and flora. Be sure to take your binoculars, you guide will point out birds such as black hawk, jabiru Storks and falcons and trees, orchids, monkeys and crocodiles sunbathing on the river banks. 

There is a short jungle hike of 1.5 mile to reach the site which is nested in the lush rainforest. On foot you will explore plazas and temples and learn about the history of Lamanai Mayan Ruin. Lamanai features the third tallest Maya structure in Belize called High Temple which is 33meters tall and offers a panoramic view from its summit. Guests will explore unique temples such as the Lagoon and Jaguar Temple.

 The site itself hosts a family of howler monkeys and wildlife which can be seen on site. Before the Lamanai tour, guests can visit a small museum of Mayan artefacts. 

Before heading back to San Ignacio, you will enjoy a delicious Belizean cuisine and more sightseeing in the rainforest.

Things to Know

Cost of Tour: 145USD

Estimated time of tour: Approximately 9 hours

Tour starts at: 9:00a.m.

Arrive: 4:30 p.m. to San Ignacio

Price: 145USD per person

Meeting / Pickups

Hotel (Free pick up with in San Ignacio & Santa Elena Town)

Tour Package Includes

  • Tour of New River Boat Ride and Lamanai Tour
  • Admission fee
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch (Dietary restrictions can be accommodated)

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra water and snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash to buy souvenirs

What to Wear

Belize has hot and humid temperatures year-round. If you are unsure of what the weather might be like when you are visiting, a good recommendation is:

  • Comfortable dry fit clothing (you will be in a canoe during the tour)
  • Sturdy walking shoe