When staying on one of the Islands of Belize with nothing but water and beach, I got a bit lazy and slow, then again it’s their motto to “go slow” but I wanted to leave the Island and the best way to do that was to book a day trip to one of the many Mayan sites that Belize has. I chose to go to Lamanai which means submerged Crocodile. Since crocodiles are my favorite animals it was an easy pick over the other Mayan sites.
First I got on the early taxiboat from Caye Caulker to Belize city’s watertaxi terminal where a pick up was arranged by the touragency to drive me to the river bank outside Belize city where I had to take a shared motorboat with other day trip tourist towards Lamanai located at the new river lagoon. The boat trip was a bit more than 1 hour because under way the boat stops a few times to observe the wildlife. I saw many birds, turtles, manatees showing quickly their heads before going under the water and even a crocodile on the way back from Lamanai.
Lamanai means submerged crocodile and got it’s name from the many crocodiles that lived here for ages in this river and still are living here until this day. I was lucky to see my favorite animal and took a picture. The Crocodile was actually real shy cause got quickly under water again when people on the boat starting making to much noise because they had probably never seen a crocodile from that close. I have, as you can see in my Zimbabwe post, so I stayed calm took a quick picture before it was to late and got it just in time. Really funny how things turn out, cause submerged means covered by water and since the crocodile went quickly under the water and covered itself from our motorboat coming closer, this whole site didn’t stole it’s name.
About Lamania itself, well what I can tell, it’s an interesting Mayan site surrounded by the jungle at the river lagoon. there are different temple on the site like the Jaguar temple, the High temple which is the highest and the mask temple, the one with the Mayan faces.
At the site our small group bumped into a snake, a boa constrictor which luckily is a non-poisonous snake. It can attack you but in a matter of minutes so many people got around the snake to take a picture that the animal quickly made it’s way out of there as it didn’t want to have all these attentions which is totally understandable from the animals point of view.
After walking around at the site for about 3 hours and climbing the temple stairs, it was time for lunch which together with the entrance fee of the site was included in the price of this wonderful daytrip. Some free time to do some souvenir shopping and back on the boat to Belize City.
The boatride back was less then one hour because no stops are being made anymore, unless a crocodile would pop up, in that case the boat would slow down and quickly stop for picture opportunity and that’s what happened exactly at the beginning of the trip back as I mentioned above.
I really recommend this daytrip also because Lamanai is one of the best Mayan sites in Belize even though only a small part has been revealed and open for public. Many more temple complexes are still under the ground as it’s also the case for the Mayan sites in Guatemala and Mexico.