Safari River Cruise, the Ruins at Lamanai, and Lunch
Belize City, Belize
- Wildlife safari: Cruise the New River and spot animals in the surrounding rainforest; see howler monkeys, toucans and king vultures, maybe even a jaguar!
- Lamanai ruins: A short jungle hike takes you back more than 3,500 years.
- Belizean Buffet: Relax at the Lamanai Hotel and Marina, where the Smoky Mermaid II restaurant offers a hearty sampling of Central American and Belizean fare.
About this Belize City tour
You'll likely see plenty of lamanai submerged crocodiles on the way to Lamanai. You'll see them in the hieroglyphs on the structures, too.
The ruins of Lamanai rise up from a canopy of rainforest; this is where a once thriving civilization succumbed to political upheaval and violent war. The people who study the cultures of Mesoamerica have gleaned from the glyphs that ritual bloodletting was not unusual here. The Maya used the spines of stingrays to puncture their skin, and would collect the blood as an offering to the gods.
When you see these massive ruins, you'll marvel at what the Maya achieved with just the simplest tools. They were gifted engineers, directing water through their temples with a sophisticated understanding of hydraulics.
Like their temples and palaces, Mayan folklore is still with us. Locals tell the tale of the Tata Duende, a goblin who protects the jungle. His feet face backwards to throw you off his trail; he plays a silver guitar even though he has no thumbs. Did he lose them to the submerged crocodiles? Perhaps. According to legend, he hopes to replace his with yours, so keep your hands in the boat.
Beware of the Xtabai, shape shifter
Legend says that the evil Belizean spirit of the Xtabai lives among the sacred ceiba trees of the rainforest. It can assume any form, from that of a beautiful woman, to a snake, to someone you know. Known to hide in the ceiba tree's thorny trunk, the Xtabai appears to its victims and hypnotizes them into a deep sleep. Because of the ceiba's thorns, victims are not likely to awaken.
Cruise ship travelers: Please proceed pier side to meet your GoBe Rep. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure you specify the name at check out so we can meet you in the lobby.
Walking is on uneven jungle trail and is not recommended for those who have difficulty walking. Wheelchairs and strollers are not recommended. Climbing temples is optional and requires climbing 100-150 steps to the top of the temple.
Full Day, Private Tour, Boat Tour, Food and Wine, Wilderness/Wildlife
Generally, a 15-seat Van
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages provided physical requirements can be met.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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