Lamanai and the New River Safari in Belize


  • Float through lush scenery and spot wildlife on a New River cruise

  • A jungle hike leads to the ruins of an ancient Maya city

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch by the side of a tropical lagoon


The adventure begins with pickup at your Belize City hotel and a 45-minute drive to reach the New River, where you board a river cruise. Glide through a lush landscape of creeks and lagoons and through a tropical forest rich with birdlife and orchids. Watch the stone pyramids of Lamanai emerge from the jungle as you near. Visit the on-site museum to learn the history of the site and see ancient Maya artifacts. Reach the main cluster of ruins by a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) hike through the jungle. Highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the imposing Temple of the Masks—one of the tallest in Belize—and the carved mask of the Maya sun god Kinich Ahau. Learn the ceremonial functions of the pyramids and explore the ruins with a guide. You refuel midday with a provided picnic lunch on the side of a tropical lagoon. Make your way back to Belize City the way you came.

Tour info

9 hours
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Why take this tour?

Channel your inner archaeologist on a tour from Belize City to the Lamanai ruins, among the top Maya sites in Belize. The only way to reach the excavated city is by water, so you cruise down the New River and hike through the jungle to reach the legendary Jaguar Temple. No need to pack a lunch, as a picnic on the shores of a jungle lagoon is included.

What’s included?

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Hotel pickup and drop off from select Belize City hotels

  • Local taxes

  • Entry/Admission - Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

  • Gratuities

  • Fuel surcharge for hotels located north of San Pedro.

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Before you book

  • Duration: 9h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

  • Instant confirmation

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Cancellation Policy

    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Discovery Expeditions Belize Day Tours

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Discovery Belize is proud to be the oldest and best Destination Management Company in Belize! Our local team is dedicated to service, value, comfort, safety and excellence - which means the best experience for your clients. Travel with us and discover the best of Belize!

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