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Northern Belize Travel Guide

Getting Here and Around

There are several ways to get here. One option is to drive on the mostly unpaved road from Orange Walk Town. Turn west off the Goldson Highway (also known in Orange Walk Town as Queen Victoria Avenue or Belize-Corozal Road) at the Orange Walk fire station. From here go to Yo Creek, then southwest to San Felipe Village, a total of 24 miles (39 km). In San Felipe, go straight for another 12 miles (19 km) to reach the ruins. Another route by road is via Shipyard—the unpaved road to Shipyard is just south of Orange Walk. The best way to approach the ruins, however, is by boat, which takes about an hour and a half from Orange Walk. Boats leave around 9 am from the Tower Hill bridge over the New River on the Goldson Highway, about 6 miles (10 km) south of Orange Walk, and from a dock in town. The cost is BZ$80–BZ$90 per person. If you are staying at Lamanai Outpost, the lodge has its own boats to take you up the river, departing from a dock just southwest of the dock where the other boats depart. Some hotels in Orange Walk Town arrange Lamanai tours, with pickup and drop-off at the hotel, also for around BZ$80–BZ$100 per person. You can also take a 15-minute charter plane trip from Belize City, around BZ$500–BZ$800 depending on the number of persons.

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