Lamanai – Seeing the Submerged Crocodile

Lamanai – Seeing the Submerged Crocodile

  When I found out we were going to Belize, I knew that the one thing I wanted to see the ancient Mayan ruins of Lamanai. For this trip we were coming in on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas so our time in Belize was pretty limited. The day before arriving in Belize we were in Cozumel being lazy on a beach at Mr Sanchos …so we were ready for so adventure! Ok, so here is where the planning got real…Belize requires a tender boat to get from cruise ship to the shore, then about an hour and a half bus ride from the cruise terminal to the River Safari boat launch, then about and hour and a half boat ride until you finally reach Lamanai. Then you do it all in reverse, but the return boat trip is not quite as long. Seeing that we were coming in on a cruise ship and were planning to head deep into the country, we decided it was probably best to book this directly thru Royal Caribbean to eliminate being left if there was any kind of delay! The bus ride thru the city and the countryside outside of Belize city was pretty miserable.  It was a very old charter bus (sorry no working restroom on board) and the AC was out as well…well mostly anyway.  The tour guides did have a lot of information about Belize, the culture, the people and anything else you could want to know about the country.  The roads are also pretty bumpy along the way so be prepared. The New River Safari boat launch is actually a pretty nice little place. There is a large building (with bathrooms!) with a gift shop, seating area for lunch later in the day, lots of pretty landscaping and a nice view of the New River.  After a few minutes, you are put onto a boat with all the people you were just on the bus with.  It is a pretty large boat holding probably about 20-30 people.  During the long boat ride, you will get to see lots of animals along the way…we saw a monkey, an iguana and a few different types of birds! Arriving at Lamanai you are taken to a small “village” kind of area with more gift shops and a restroom.  After a short break, your group will reassemble and start the walking tour thru the ruins.  The guide that has been with you all day will tell you all about the history of the ruins.  The pathways thru Lamanai are pretty easy to navigate for the most part but it may be difficult for some people with mobility issues.  All in all, we saw three temple ruins and were able to “climb” the tallest of the three.  By climb I mean we took stairs most of the way up but were able to physically climb the last 15-20 stairs to the peak.  Either way fantastic climb and view from the top of the world!  In …