My wife and I just got back from a trip to Belize and it was great. We stayed in San Pedro and visited the Maya ruins site of Lamanai with Tanisha Tours. Our guide was Daniel Nunez. Daniel picked us up at our hotel dock promptly at 7:00 AM. He has a very nice boat, and it was very comfortable for our trip to the mainland. We traveled by boat for a little over an hour to get to the mainland. There, we boarded an air-conditioned van and travel for about another hour. Then boarded another boat to continue by river to Lamanai.
Daniel has eyes like a hawk. For the entire trip, he was constantly pointing out wildlife and different types of flora and fauna. He could tell you the scientific name, common name and local name of many types of plants along with their medicinal uses and history with the Maya. We saw lots of wildlife on this tour. Alligators, spider monkeys, howler monkey, iguanas, bats, toucans, and many other types of birds. We even saw dolphins on the return trip to San Pedro.
Daniel’s knowledge of Lamanai was impressive. You can tell that he enjoys his job and is very thorough with his explanations of the various structures. It seemed like some of the other tours were being rushed along, but we took our time and really got to see the sights. Several times I noticed people from other tours paying attention to Daniel’s explanations and some even asked him questions.
We were well taken care of for the entire tour. They fed us a light breakfast on the boat ride over. We had a well catered lunch at the Lamanai site. Drinks were available throughout the day. You may want to bring something warm for the return trip. We were traveling into the wind on the return trip and as the sun began to set it was a bit chilly. I had brought a light long sleeve shirt in my backpack and this was all I needed to stay warm.
The return trip was quicker as we didn’t make many stops for wildlife. We were dropped off at our hotel dock at about 6:00 PM. This may seem like a long day, but we saw and did so much that we felt that the day just flew by. We had a great time and highly recommend Daniel and Tanisha Tours!
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