Belize: Walking The Lamanai Mayan Ruins

I’ve always wanted to visit Belize, so even with the cough and the sniffles, I was so excited when we I finally stepped on this beautiful island. This is such a late post because our trip to Belize took place in April 2016, but Lamanai certainly left me wanting to go back and wanting to explore more. I’d love to go back to Belize again!

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This is where we boarded the boats that explored New River. It was a hot day in Belize, but neither heat nor flu could stop me from exploring the Lamanai Ruins.
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It was a hot and humid. The absolute perfect day to board a riverboat and explore New River. We saw a good amount of wildlife but too quick and too shy to be photographed.
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A man showing off his catch. There were a number of people fishing that day.
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The Mask Temple, Lamanai.
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Built from the Middle Early Classic to the Late Classic Period. This temple is known for its carved limestone masks which depict Olmec characteristics.
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I was still very sick when we visited Belize and I struggled climbing the High Temple (108 ft). I really wanted to give up, but I thought that since I’m already there, I shouldn’t miss this opportunity to climb it. I was huffing, puffing and covered in sweat when I got to the top.
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View at the top of the High Temple – endless jungle.
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The Mayan Ball Court and the marker stone. According to our guide, they found a lidded vessel holding miniature pots and other items resting in a pool of liquid mercury underneath the marker stone. It is believed to have been an offering to the gods.
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The Jaguar Temple, a stepped pyramid structure built between 500 AD to 600 AD.
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The angular Jaguar heads that adorn the temple. Apparently the spaces that were created to define the eyes, nostrils, cheeks and ears, made perfect niches for leaving offerings to the Jaguar God.

 

Linking with Wordless Wednesday, Travel Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.

6 thoughts on “Belize: Walking The Lamanai Mayan Ruins

  1. Wonderful photos. I have always been intrigued by the ancient civilizations such as Mayan and Olmec. We haven’t been to Belize, but we’ve been close: my brother, his wife, my husband and I visited Quintana Roo just across the northern border of Belize. I have been privileged to visit more than one ancient site in the Mexico/Belize area…when I was young and able to climb to the top of an ancient temple in Yucatan, and again when I could only look. Thank you for sharing your experience in Belize, and I admire your determination, overcoming your illness in order to see this amazing antiquity.
    Kay
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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