We began our journey Wednesday morning on the 6:30AM Water Taxi to Belize City where we met our tour guide Wilfred. We traveled just over an hour on the north highway to where the tour began.
The boats that would take us up river to the Lamanai Maya site
Jacana (Jesus Christ Water Walker) bird walking on the lily pads near shore
Welcome to Lamanai
Rare Black Orchid – the national flower of Belize
White paste coming out of the fruit of the Horse ball tree that the ancient Maya used as glue
Cut-away showing the different levels of steps that were added over the years. It is not clear why but it is believed it may have been additions made to honor new leaders
Mask carving on the Mask Temple
Jaguar Temple mask
House structure near the Jaguar temple believed to house 25 members
High Temple survey peg on top of the structure used to survey the area
Looking down from High Temple
Lamanai Maya site was truly amazing! It is said that the Maya lived at this site for around 3000 years (1500 B.C. through 1544 A.D. Throughout the tour our guides pointed out many of the local resources that the Maya used. The area is abundant with everything they would have needed to live there.