The Belize Water Service outdid themselves again, taking us on a day trip to the Lamanai Mayan Ruins. They not only treated our instruction team but also all the staff that helped support out training team during the training. I can’t thank BWS enough for their generosity and hospitality!
We all enjoyed the boat ride to the ruins an the archaeological sites were quite spectacular. It really was a blast! I have never met such a welcoming and generous people so eager to laugh and have fun. I have made many new friends and will definitely go back to see how they are doing. With all of the great memories this trip has provided, how could I not go back to share some new ones?
From Wikipedia: Lamanai (from Lama’anayin, “submerged crocodile” in Yucatec Maya) was once a major city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. Lamanai is renowned for its exceptionally long occupation spanning three millennia, beginning in the Early Preclassic Maya period and continuing through the Spanish and British Colonial periods, into the 20th century.
The vast majority of the site remained unexcavated until the mid-1970s. Archaeological work has concentrated on the investigation and restoration of the larger structures, most notably the Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple, and High Temple. The summit of this latter structure affords a view across the surrounding jungle to a nearby lagoon, part of New River.
A significant portion of the Temple of the Jaguar Masks remains under grassy earth or is covered in dense jungle growth. Fully excavated, it would be significantly taller than the High Temple. In the jaguar temple there is a legend that you can find an ancient spear called the heart of the jaguar, even though the temple got his name from the jaguar masks on each side.