Crooked Tree Wetlands, The New River
and the Ruins of Lamanai
Our trip begins with the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai on the New River Lagoon
Lamanai, which roughly translates to ‘Submerged Crocodile’, was one of the most important trading and ceremonial centers in the Caribbean lowlands. Occupied for over 3000 years, from 1500 B.C until 1600 A.D., the ruins are unique as they illuminate a period of history that encompasses the early formative years of Mayan civilization through to initial European contact and colonization. With structures ranging from pre-classic temples to the Spanish colonial-era; with jungle trails, refreshing swimming holes and an excellent on-site museum, Lamanai is one of the most charming of all Mayan sites in Belize.
After our day of exploring, we travel from Lamanai by boat winding our way through the wildlife rich wetlands of the New River on the way to our waterfront lodge within the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Crooked Tree provides a special opportunity for viewing, close at hand, the astounding diversity of birds and wildlife for which Belize is renowned. By boat we explore Spanish Creek, Revenge Lagoon and the surrounding wetlands where we can see many birds including northern jacanas, white ibis, wood storks and the huge jabiru stork. In the afternoon we travel to another of Belize’s Maya ruins, Altun Ha, known for the impressive temple of the Sun God.
| Beautiful view from Birds Eye view! Lovely location on the lagoon. |
The Guides were very passionate, and helpful, as well as knowledgable
Outstanding trip experience!
Bob & Donna Klaput - Maya World Extension - Jan. 5, 2012