The day starts with pick up from your hotel between 7:30am - 8:00am (depending on distance of hotel). We have breakfast at Amigos Del Mar dive shop. Once we are all finished with our delicious breakfast we drive to Maya Island Air to straight to Carmelita village at Orange Walk via the 9:00am flight out of San Pedro Town. The flight is approx. 18-20 minutes to and from. In Orange Walk we take a 10 minute ride in a Air Conditioned Van to the River where we will be boarding the boat to Lamanai as this kick starts the River tour too.
Lamanai is located about 1hr to 1.5hrs by boat, and is today one of the most popular ways to visit Lamanai because you are able to observe the various wild life creatures that exist in Belize along the river's bed. As soon as we arrive Lamanai we have lunch with an approx. duration of 2hrs, to recharge our energy to enjoy an incredible tour around the wonderful Archeological site of Lamanai.
The vast majority of the site remained unexcavated until the mid-1970s. Archaeological work has concentrated on the investigation and restoration of the larger structures, most notably the Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple, and High Temple. The summit of this latter structure affords a view across the surrounding jungle to a nearby lagoon, part of New River.
After climbing the temples, learning about the area and completing this exciting tour of Lamanai you can continue on to the gift shop where you can purchase some souveniers to take back home. Upon everyone being ready to leave we take the boat ride back to take the Van back to the Airplane at around 3:30pm back to the Island of San Pedro. With Amigos Jungle Tour you enjoy less time traveling and more time at the site as compared to many other tour operators. We have tailored made our tours for you to enjoy the best experience at Lamanai.
A little about Lamanai
Lamanai (from Lama'anayin, "submerged crocodile" in Yucatec Maya is a Mesoamerican archaeological site, and was once a considerably sized city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. The site's name is pre-Columbian, recorded by early Spanish missionaries, and documented over a millennium earlier in Maya inscriptions as.
At the site there is structure that dates back to AD 625. 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 most interesting features at the structure are two masks that decorate the west facade of the temple. The masks are on two levels on the south side of a central stairway.on the lower level the masks more than 15 feet high.It represents aa rather humanized face and is bordered by decorative elements. The headdress of the mask represents a crocodile. These masks are construed of stone armature covered with thick stucco into which the details are carved. The masks date to the late fifth to the early sixth century. At lamanai, ceremonialism was strongly developed, providing evidence of ruling authority with tight control over the populace.
At the large temple there was a single ball court, where an offering had been placed under its giant central marker. A lidded bowl contained 100g of crystalline hematite, 19 g of cinnabar in a miniature vessel, and other objects such as jade, shell, and pearl, all atop of a pool of mercury. Previously mercury had been found at Copan, Quirigua, and at Kaminaljuyo and lake Amtitlan, but not in such large quantity. This large amount of mercury found at the site of Lamanai had been probably collected for ritual use. Ceramics were also found at the site and gradually adopted new styles. Unfortunately, by the end of the Classic period, the norm here for burial custom was to smash vessels prior to interment.
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