Belize New River Cruise And Lamanai Mayan Ruins Day Trip By Air From Ambergris Caye

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On this full-day air tour from Ambergris Caye, cruise by riverboat to the Mayan temple ruins of Lamanai, viewed from the New River Lagoon in the heart of a tropical jungle. Visit this Mayan city – including the Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple and High Temple – unearthed by archeologists and now inhabited by exotic birds and monkeys. Plus, enjoy lunch (included) at a local restaurant. Round-trip flights to and from Belize City are included.


  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Start this full-day air tour with a short 15-minute flight from the San Pedro Ambergris Caye Airstrip to Belize City. Relax on a scenic and informative 1-hour ride along the Northern Highway as you make your way to your first stop. When you arrive with your guide at Lamanai Landings, enjoy light refreshments before boarding a riverboat for your sightseeing cruise on Belizes New River (Rio Nuevo).

As you pass small creeks and tributaries, keep an eye out for raptors such as great black hawks, kite birds and falcons, as well as herons, Jabiru storks and jacanas dainty tropical birds that stride across the lily pads. Your guide may point out the spider monkeys that inhabit the broadleaf forest overhead, as well as crocodiles basking on sunny riverbanks.

From the entrance to the New River Lagoon, the largest body of fresh water in Belize, catch a breathtaking sight of the majestic temple ruins of Lamanai (Maya for Submerged Crocodile), nestled into 2 square miles (3.2 square kilometers) of the surrounding forest. Then, hop off your boat and gather at the museum to see original artifacts and learn more about this ancient Maya city the largest and oldest in Belize.

As you walk around the Mayan ruins, youll encounter plazas and temples like Mask Temple, which dates back to 450 AD and is the smallest of three excavated main temples. Here, two 13-foot (4-meter) stone faces adorn each side. At the Stela Temple youll also see a stone monument depicting the Maya ruler Lord Smoking Shell in ceremonial dress.

Next, visit the Jaguar Temple, where a jade mask and jewelry were excavated, and pass the ceremonial ball court before ascending the High Temple, which rises 100 feet (33 meters) with spectacular panoramic views from its top. Listen to birdsong and the hooting of howler monkeys echoing among the strangler figs and vines.

On your way back to the New River Lagoon, your guide will point out medicinal flora such as the copal and ramon trees used by the Mayas. After returning by riverboat to Lamanai Landings, relax for a Belizean lunch at the Smoky Mermaid II, a restaurant located along the banks of the New River in Orange Walk. Afterward, return to Belize City by coach for your flight back to Ambergris Caye.

Inclusions for Belize New River Cruise And Lamanai Mayan Ruins Day Trip By Air From Ambergris Caye

  • Professional guide
  • Round-trip flight to Belize City aboard Maya Island Air
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach in Belize City
  • Lunch
  • Beverages (soda)
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)

Exclusions for Belize New River Cruise And Lamanai Mayan Ruins Day Trip By Air From Ambergris Caye

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Fuel surcharge for hotels located north of San Pedro.

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: you will be traveling aboard Maya island Air

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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5 Traveler Reviews

  • Very interesting, guides were professional and fun! The wildlife was amazing and the ruins were exceptionally well preserved.

  • The guide was wonderful and full of information and engaging. I would have liked an option a little cheaper by taking water taxi rather than plane. We could have met the guide at the water taxi in Belize City. I am really glad we had the river trip, but mostly we saw birds only - except at Lamanai itself where we saw howler monkeys. Lamanai was excellent and the lunch was excellent and much more than I expected. Overall - excellent!

  • Except for not getting information on pick up time from Viator... all else was above expectations. Someone escorted us every step of the way. VEL AND Andy went above and beyond and where full of interesting facts. The Mayan ruins took my breath away and we're so mystical.would HIGHLY recommend

  • This is amazing tour, hearing the history about the site. The boat ride was enjoyable, don't forget the bug spray for hike thru the jungle. An agent met us at the airport in San Pedro to make sure we were on the flight and another agent met us at Belize international airport. Our guide "Vel" is knowledgeable and entertaining, I would definitely recommend this to see.

  • Fabulous tour and well worth money! Guide was friendly and knowledgeable.

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