Arriving in Belize
The Lamanai Outpost Lodge is cuddled up in the Belizian Jungle. It is a magical place full of wild life, and amazing Mayan Ruins. You can reach it by land (50 min. from Belize airport to the boat landing) plus one hour boat ride through the mangroves. After a nice stay at the Radisson Ft. George, a nice starting place for any of the other destinations on Belize, we headed back to the International airport to meet our driver who took us on a comfortable van ride into the jungle…
Getting to the hotel (by boat)
You arrive at a landing where there’s a boat ready to take you across the mangroves all the way to Lamanai. About 45 minutes into the ride, the only visible sign of housing is a Mennonite community that raises cattle and lives in the middle of nowhere. Once you reach the New River, the view is truly amazing. Shortly after entering the Lamanai limits, you reach the Lamanai Outpost Lodge itself. It covers an extensive area that is protected area with a variety of canopy trees. Nearby there is a very small settlement where most of the hotel employees reside.
The hotel’s welcoming staff awaits you at the dock. After the unloading of the suitcases, you are checked in at the small front desk office. They direct you to your garden view bungalow with air conditioning (or whichever bungalow, ours had a garden view!), tucked in the back and surrounded by wonderful ferns and trees. After the long way from Belize City we decided to take a nap, only to be woken by a screeching sound. We thought it might be a wild boar or a jaguar, but much to our delight, we discovered it was howler monkeys perched right behind our room, atop the trees! All around us the sounds of the howler monkeys mingled with those of the birds. It was magical, you’d think you were in Jurassic Park!
Meals and Dining
All the meals are served in the Dining room, along a small waterfall with hummingbird feeders. There is a small bar area and a library. One of the employees, Janet, ensures perfection at every meal service. All the meals were delicious. Each dish was nicely decorated and perfectly seasoned. Before you arrive they make sure you let them know about any food preferences or allergies.
Orientation and Activities
We had an orientation with a staff member where he explained all the activities available to enjoy the next 3 days. We chose the Lamanai ruins for the next morning that included the Great Temple and the Lamanai Museum. That night we did the evening walk and the Sunset Cruise the following evening.The sunset cruise was relaxing. Our captain of the pontoon boat took us along the shoreline so we can admire the nice view. No alligator sights, but plenty of birds. Each of the activities was amazing in its own right. Our guide for all of them was Brenda, who was exceptionally knowledgeable and attentive.
Creepy Crawlies…and would we go again?
On the evening walk, we navigated the hotel grounds with headlamps and discovered all types of critters that emerge at night. This is a real jungle, and not suitable for people that are afraid of spiders or scorpions. Brace yourself (and your camera’s!) for tarantulas, different kinds of spiders, bats and ants. The last morning of our stay, Brenda even took us for a walk around her village. Even though the small settlement is quite simple, it was very clean organized.
Now…would we go again? Deep into the jungle? On a boat? Surrounded by creepy crawlies, monkeys, and birds? Well… YES! If you’d enjoy exploring protected enclaves of wildlife, Mayan ruins in a nice setting, and enjoying good food and service all the while, then it’s time to head to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge! And be sure to invite us 😉
About the Author/Adventurer!
Meet Maria: An open water diver and a certified cruise consultant, Maria specializes in exotic diving destinations like Mexico and the South Pacific. Raised in Mexico City, this Spanish speaker enjoys traveling to places where spectacular underwater views mingle with interesting cultures like Belize, Turks and Caicos and Fiji.
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