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Journey into the realm of the ancient Maya on this full-day air excursion to the Lamanai ruins, departing from Ambergris Caye. Be on the lookout for exotic wildlife as you cruise along the New River to reach the impressive ruins, which rise out of the jungle near a tropical lagoon. Your expert guide will lead you on an exploration of the majestic temples and palaces of this famed archaeological site. A traditional Belizean lunch and round-trip airfare are included.


  • Full-day New River cruise and tour of Lamanai Mayan temple
  • See the sights from above as you take a round-trip flight from Ambergris Caye to Belize City
  • Relax on a riverboat ride along the scenic New River and lagoon and see exotic animals
  • Visit the temple ruins, ball court and ceremonial sites of Lamanai
  • See archeological artifacts of the Mayans and learn about their colonial history
  • Enjoy a delicious Belizean lunch and beverage at the Smoky Mermaid II, a local restaurant

What You Can Expect

Belize New River Cruise and Lamanai Mayan Ruins Day Trip by Air from Ambergris Caye

River Cruise in Belize

From the San Pedro Ambergris Caye Airstrip, take a 15-minute flight to Belize City. Transfer to a comfortable vehicle for the 1-hour scenic journey along the Northern Highway toward Lamanai Landings. Partake in some light refreshments before stepping aboard a riverboat on the Rio Nuevo.

The sightseeing cruise will take you past small tributaries feeding into the river, home to many specimens of local bird life such as jacanas, Jabiru storks, herons and even great black hawks. Listen as your guide talks about the river's ecosystem, pointing out spider monkeys in the forest canopy and crocodiles sunning themselves on the river banks. When you enter New River Lagoon, catch sight of Lamanai.

Go ashore to begin your exploration of these ruins, nestled into 2 square miles (3.2 square kilometers) of the surrounding forest. Encounter plazas and temples like Mask Temple and Stela Temple, dating back to 450 AD. Climb Jaguar Temple for panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape. 

Return to Lamanai Landings on your riverboat, then sit down for a traditional Belizean lunch at the Smoky Mermaid II. With a full belly, transfer back to Belize City and fly back to Ambergris Caye.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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

Lyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

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.

Virginia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

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


4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

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!

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