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Lamanai means "submerged crocodile" in the Maya language and it's also the name of the third largest, and possibly most interesting, archaeological site in Belize ...
Lamanai Archaeological Site
Pristine tracts of jungle and savanna never cleared for sugar cane surround this great Maya ceremonial center. Located in the Orange Walk District, the Lamanai temple complex sits atop a bluff overlooking the New River Lagoon.
Lamanai features the second largest Pre-Classic structure in the Maya world and unlike other ruins, much of Lamanai was built in layers where successive populations built upon the temples of their ancestors. Lamanai was occupied continuously for over 3,000 years and it's remoteness contributed to it's continuous occupation, well beyond most other Maya sites, until at least 1,650 AD.
Although hundreds of site ruins remain unexcavated, three of the most impressive temples have been renovated: the Jaguar Temple, named for its boxy jaguar decoration; the Mask Temple, adorned by a 13-foot stone mask of an ancient Maya king; and the High Temple, offering visitors a panoramic view from its summit.
The sites protected status provides for an abundance of wildlife inside the park and there are a growing number of howler monkeys that make Lamanai their home and you will most likely see them peering down through the branches as you wander the trails. In addition, the marshlands around the lagoon support many species of water birds and wildlife.
Getting To Lamanai - A scenic 26 mile boat ride up the New River is the easiest way to get there and the journey can be as interesting as Lamanai itself and for the aware "birder" it may be especially productive for spotting some of the rarest and most unusual sightings Belize has to offer. The up-river excursion is also an opportunity for wildlife spotting. Along the way see crocodiles floating near the river's edge, turtles, camouflaged bats and the "Jesus Christ Bird" walk on water.
If you are traveling from Ambergris Caye, enjoy a leisurely boat ride to Belize City first; then travel up the Northern Highway for an hour and fifteen minutes before reaching the New River docks at Tower Hill.
Entrance Fee - US$ 5 per person
Visit and enjoy Lamanai with duPlooy Travel as part of a
Best Birding in Belize Holiday Vacation Package to Belize ...
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