Lamanai Mayan Ruins means “Submerged Crocodile” in Mayan language. This helps to explain the the several crocodile motifs at the site.
Lamanai Mayan Ruins is situated in northern Belize on the banks of the new river lagoon, and is one of the largest Mayan cities in the country. Crocodile sculptures appear on vessel decorations, figurines, and on the limestone mask at one of the principal structures at the Mayan site.
Lamanai boasts 1 of the 3 tallest Mayan structures in Belize, suitably called “High Temple”, which stands 108 feet tall. The Mayans were so skilled, that they designed the archaeological area in the shape of a crocodile and its head can be seen towering the Belizean jungle from the air. The ruin dates back to 200 BC and has history up to the last century.
Only about 5% of the Mayan site has been investigated and much has been left un-excavated. However, archaeologists do know that structures were built on top of other structures, with the older structures frequently at least partially razed, sometimes leaving masks and other ornamental features from the older buildings in odd places in the new buildings, such as in stairwells.
Only about 5% of the site has been investigated and much remains buried or covered by jungle and bush.
The Mayan site is accessed by boat on a river safari. You will be able to sight different birds and spider monkeys on this tour.