|It's easy to find the right roads around
Belize because so few exist. The country's highway system consists of only three
fully paved roads. We take the northern route because we want to visit secluded
Mayan ruins. The best way to these ruins takes us off-road on a 2 hour river boat
ride up a winding, mangrove lined stream (the New River) into a jungle. At the
end of it we find Lamanai, a lost Mayan city. |
the most impressive site in Northern Belize, means 'submerged crocodile.' The
ruins sit on the edge of the New River Lagoon (yes, you do see crocodiles here).
The Mayan's flourished at this ceremonial site and built these buildings in the
period from 800 to 600 BC. |
|For tourists, the best part about Lamanai is
the lack of other tourists or supervision - it's okay to climb around the ruins
and hangout like the monkeys. |
The black howler monkey only
lives in Belize. Their howls enliven the jungle and create a perfect atmosphere
for Mayan ruin exploration.