Lamanai, Belize getting there, a wonderful drive and boat ride up the New River. February 15 2015.
Can’t believe it’s already a week since I visited the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. Couldn’t upload a lot of photos in Belize so wanted to share them, and a little bit of my adventure to this ancient site.
Lamanai means “submerged crocodile’ in Mayan and an appropriate name for this site located on a lagoon of the New River. And the only way to access it is a 24 mile boat ride up the river, and yes we saw a crocodile.
We disembarked from the town of Orange Walk, about 30 miles north of Crooked Tree. The boat ride itself was just about as great of an experience as visiting the ruins. We saw spider monkeys, iguanas, many species of birds and, of course a crocodile. We also passed a Mennonite farming community along the banks of the New River. These folks fled here from Mexico and produce the bulk of Belize’s agricultural products. The boat ride under the lush jungle vegetation, deep blue tropical skies and cumulus clouds was one will not forget. Real felt like i was in an Indiana Jones movie. I shared the experience with two couples who were staying at our lodge and a Christian Ministry group, who, were, amazingly, from near my home town in Northeastern Pennsylvania.Great group to share the adventure with. And it sure was a great adventure, and would only get better. Amir, our local guide pointed out many of the plant and animals of the jungle and gave us a great background on the local history and culture. I uploaded some photos of the sights along the way to my Flicker site. Here is the link https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8HtZnW but i also uploaded them on my photograph page, along with some comments. Check them out. I learned how to down size the photos so they should upload much faster. If any one has any questions please leave them on the post and I will try and answer them.
“Let the sea breeze blow your hair, let the sunset bring tranquility to your heart, let the distant places you travel allow you to explore yourself.”
― Somya Kedia