Welcome to Lamanai
One of the biggest and best excavated Maya sites in northern Belize, Lamanai lies 24 miles south of Orange Walk Town up the New River (or 36 miles by road). The ruins are known both for their impressive architecture and marvelous setting, surrounded by dense rainforest overlooking the New River Lagoon. The translation of the word lamanai – which means 'submerged crocodile' in Maya – gives a pretty good indication of the local residents of this jungle setting.
Bring plenty of bug spray – the jungle surrounding the ruins is home to vicious mosquitos.