The Carnival ship we were on didn’t offer this excursion because of its distance from Belize City, where it docked. Because of this, we set off on our own with a different tour company and hoped we’d return in time to catch the ship. Some cruise lines do, if you are on a ship that offers the Lamanai Ruins excursion, BOOK IT!
PRO TIP: Cruise passengers must tender to Belize, so be sure to get a #1 so you are first off the ship.
Visiting Lamanai Ruins
PRO TIP: You will be hiking through the jungles of Belize. This is a very wet place, so come prepared. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy, pack a poncho in case it rains.
Though there is a dirt road of sorts winding its way around the ruins, you are still very much in the jungle of Belize. We were there on a beautifully sunny day following a rain storm, so it was muddy, but we were prepared with old shoes.
We then hopped in the boat for our hour ride up New River to get to the bus, which then drove us an hour back into Belize City where we caught our tender back to the cruise ship. It was a long day, but incredible. I recommend that tour to anyone and everyone.
Have you been to Belize? Have you ever explore any other ruins? I’d love to get more ruin recommendations!