Mélange Travel & Lifestyle Magazine July 2018 - Page 142

Lamanai Archaeological Reserve The name Lamanai, in Maya, means “Submerged Crocodile” which probably accounts for the images of crocodiles which have been found on recovered pottery, figurines and excavated buildings. Just getting to the archaeological site, nestled in the jungle on the banks of the New River, is an adventure, as the one hour boat ride offers wildlife sightings among the dense jungle on the river banks. Although not yet fully excavated, the site already has over 900 structures. Photo Credit: Ambra L. Cahal Pech Maya House Site Photo Credit: Mark S. Photo Credit: Rhyncolus San Ignacio The town of San Ignacio, which is located between the Mopan and Macal Rivers, is an ideal base for exploring the Cayo District, in Belize’s western region. From here easy access is available to the Maya sites of Xunantunich, Cahal Pech and El Pilar and also to some subterranean adventures at the Che Chem Ha Cave and the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave. For those most adventurous, cave tubing is also available. Xunantunich Photo Credit: Eric G. Photo Credit: TravelVal