Belize City

Lamanai Temples, River Cruise, Bird Watching and Monkeys from Belize City

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Lamanai and New River Cruise

From USD 139.00

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover what makes Lamanai one of Belize’s most impressive Mayan ruins on this full-day tour that takes you through an excavated ancient city that rises mysteriously out of the jungle. Look for native wildlife including birds and crocodiles on a river cruise to the archaeological site, where the ruins of the Jaguar and Mask Temples and ancient Mayan palaces beg exploration. See fascinating artifacts like clay pots and temple carvings at the on-site museum, and round out the day with a typical Belizean lunch at a restaurant.
  • Full-day tour to the Lamanai archaeological site from Belize City
  • Spot wildlife on a river cruise through the Belizean jungle
  • Explore the ruins of an ancient Mayan city
  • Learn the fascinating history behind excavated temples, altars, plazas, and ball courts
  • Admire Mayan artifacts at the Lamanai museum
  • Try Belizean cuisine with included lunch at a local restaurant
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from Belize City hotels or the cruise port

What's Included

  • National park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Water taxi pickup and drop of at water taxi or city area hotel
  • Luggage storage while on tour
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Baron Bliss lighthouse
    4 Fort St, Belize City, Belize

    the guide will have a V.i.V. sign

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

The V.i.V. guide will meet you at the airport, Air BnB, hotel lobby, water taxi terminal, cruise port terminal 1 exit street side, we also pickup at the BELIZE sign near the Baron Bliss Lighthouse here in Belize City. the guide will have a V.i.V. sign. San Pedro Air Taxi and San Pedro water taxi tickets is not included in the Lamania tour. the water taxi leaves the islands at 6:00 to arrive at 7:30, last boat returns at 5:30 the air taxi schedules departs at 7:00 and the last flight is 5:30 Cruise tours operate on ship time, arrive early, tour lamania and return onboard .

What To Expect

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately (poncho, rain jacket, and tennis shoes for walking on uneven foot paths and climbing structures recommended)
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • You may bring a towel and change of clothes should there be a downpour in the Rainforest, when you return to the car park, there is changing rooms
  • We pickup at the Belize International Airport, sir barry bowen municipal, san pedro express marine terminal ocean ferry
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 80 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
This was the second time I went on this expedition. The first time was 12 years ago. It was awesome then but probably better this time because the guide was so much more compelling and fun. Last time I went alone. This time I brought a freind knowing it was worth repeating. My friend also thought our guide was fun and informative.


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Relaxing hike
Mauri_H, Sept 2023
We were picked up at the water taxi and we had a short walk to the shuttle pick up. We had tons of great pictures, too many to choose from for this review. Amir was knowledgeable and his wife made the lunch. It was yummy. Because our trip was off season it was just us and one other couple on the tour. I would recommend dousing the clothes you're wearing with camping grade clothing mosquito spray and people spray for yourself.
Excellent Lamanai Tour
Allen_D, July 2023
Amir was a very friendly and knowledgable guide. During the boat ride to the ruins, he stopped several times to explain several points of cultural and historical significance. He did the same as we walked through the jungle on the way to the ruins. And the tour culminated with an amazing lunch that his wife prepared!
The tour that gives history and excitement
Robert_W, June 2023
This was such a unique excursion. Elio was a great tour guide. The river boat portion is something you only see in a movie. From the wildlife to just the experience alone of 28 miles of jungle river travel was unreal. The ruins were amazing as well and we even saw the howler monkeys !! Highly recommended
A sacred experience with the ancestors
Lourdes_L, May 2023
An excellent experience and Amir our guide made us have an excellent time, his wife prepared excellent traditional Belizean food for us, a pleasure to have had the opportunity to do this tour
Glad we booked this excursion!
Jasmine_m, May 2023
Our tour guide Brenda was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The area is beautiful, we saw many birds and monkeys. Lunch was delicious.
Don’t miss the Mayan Ruins!
deborah_s, Apr 2023
Great trip! If you don’t see these ruins, you miss a whole aspect of Belize. Julian was a great guide & the ruins are impressive. Lunch delicious! This tour operator was very accommodating with us, as we had missed air connections coming in, and they worked it out so we could go. Thanks!
Good tour
Amanda_W, Mar 2023
Good guides, driver was early picking me up. Wish they’d done better on vegetarian options than just giving us the same food as everyone else (rice and coleslaw) minus the main course.
The birds rule
Christopher_B, Mar 2023
Our river and ruins guide Amir was an eagle-eyed bird finder both on the river and walking through Lamanai, and also knew a lot about jungle plants and their local uses. This really enriched the tour.
Well run group tour of an exceptional site
David_S, Mar 2023
Fantastic tour to Lamanai. Led by a small team with knowledgeable and friendly guides to a great site. Driver picked us up at Belize city water taxi dock to accommodate our travel plans. Even lunch was delicious and far exceeded what’s typical on similar tours.
Don’t Miss This Trip!
Susan_R, Feb 2023
What a great day! The boat ride on the river into the jungle was exhilarating! We enjoyed seeing the wildlife such as crocodiles, turtles, birds, etc. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the ruins, Mayan culture and the jungle while listening to the howler monkeys! Enjoyed our delicious Belizian lunch as well. It’s definitely a must do trip!
We learned a lot!
kendra_g, Jan 2023
Our driver to Lamanai was such a story teller and gave us a lot of information on the history of where we were driving! And our guide Brenda was super knowledgeable and fun to spend the day with! Thanks for a wonderful time!
This is a must do tour
Summer_P, Nov 2022
Our tour guide “Junior” was excellent. He knew all of the history and took the time to answer any questions we had. On the boat ride out to Lamanai he would stop and show us all of the different wildlife on the river. At Lamanai he took the time to make sure that our small group avoided all off the big cruise ship tours so that we could get good pictures. Junior was professional and made the tour fun. We would absolutely recommend this tour.
best tour ever
Jonathan_P, Nov 2022
our guide was the best very informative, food was excellent and tour was flawless. We saw Iguana, different bird and an aligator. We also heard the. howling monkeys
Had a great time!
Qwamel_H, Oct 2022
Wonderful tour and tour guide. It was fascinating to learn more about Mayan culture and see the the remains of their towns.
Don’t miss this amazing and fun experience.
Miriam_D, Aug 2022
Colin and Junior were amazing guides. They brought the Mayan culture to life with their passion for the history. The river ride was fun and the birds and wildlife interesting. We saw monkeys in the trees at the lamanai site and we had a very nice lunch provided. The temples were amazing and they were shared with us in great detail and we were impressed with how much Belize cares for their history, culture and natural areas. I would give more than 5 stars if I could!!
Well worth every penny!
Theresa_R, July 2022
The shear magnitude of everything all in one package was fantastic! Collin was an excellent tour guide and the driver from VIV, Nacisio was prompt, knowledgeable and professional.
Amazing tour, saw/learned so much.
Donna_H, Apr 2022
Our party of 6 loved this trip (aged 15 to 69). The van driver made the trip to the boat interesting with facts and stories of Belize. Colin, a skilled eco naturalist, took us down the river in the boat pointing out species of trees, birds and a manatee and the significance of each. The Mayan tour was fascinating enhanced by Colins knowledge of Mayan history and the nature around it as well as viewing the howler monkeys. We highly recommend this tour.
Amazing Mayan ruin tour
Carl_R, Feb 2022
Loved every minute of this tour and definitely recommend it. Our tour guides were the best and were very knowledgeable about everything, from the boat ride on the river and the wildlife, to everything we wanted to know about the Mayan ruins. This was our favorite thing we did while visiting Belize!!
A great experience
Rhianna_G, Feb 2022
Had a great time, the guide was very informative and was able to answer all questions. Was very relaxing ride on the boat to the ruins saw lots of wildlife.
Great mian country trip.
samedollar, June 2021
Good trip. Learn a lot about the mayan cultures. Saw one big howler monkey family in backdrop of howler monkey that was amazing. Also out guide junior was amazing as howler monkey whisperer. Food was amazing home made. Wish we would have explored more wildlife on boat ride but all in all great trip.

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