posted on: 9.29.2014

Lamanai was by far our best experience in Belize. We awoke at 5:30am to take an hour and a half boat ride to the main land, which was followed by an hour long bus ride in the rain to get to the jungle, and finally a two hour small boat ride along the New River, but the journey was half the adventure. Our bus driver was amazing and made sure we had plenty of ice cold Belikin beers on hand. When we arrived at the river there were about five men, clearly locals, accompanied by their pregnant dogs, who I loved of course. Us and two other American couples entered a tiny boat that looked like it could sink at any moment, and within minutes we were headed into the depths of the jungle.

I swear our guide had built in binoculars because the entire time he was spotting creatures I could barely see even when he had pulled closer. Us and the two other couples joked that we partaking in the legitimate version of Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, some adventurers right? But it's true, every thirty seconds our guide would point out a rare bird, or a manatee, a monkey or even a crocodile! He also pulled us close to a tree to zero in on a few camouflage bats (see if you can find them in the photos above), which of course flew directly into my face and naturally I screamed. He thought it was hilarious, it sort of was.

Once we made it to the ruins I was in awe. The jungle canopy arched in sections like mini-mountains, and for miles, however not due to the ground's formation but because of numerous unearthed Mayan ruins. We walked along the park, watched tucans, listened to the howler monkeys, and admired the Mayan masterpieces, just our small group... the entire place to ourselves. At the largest temple, a whopping 103 ft tall, we were invited to climb to the top at our own risk. Typically, I am not a fan of heights, but when in Rome or Belize rather. The face was so steep the locals had included a rope to assist climbers as if we were scaling some rock at Zion. Turns out we needed it. When I reached the top, I admit I was nervous, but equally satisfied. A. Because I conquered my fear, but more importantly B. because I could see the entire Belizean jungle canopy. What a sight. I'll spare you the similes and metaphors as I could go on and on about this day, and instead leave this post to three paragraphs, 22 photos, and your imagination to fill in the blanks. But believe me when I tell you, this excursion is what made our trip unforgettable.


  1. Love them, every single pic is gorgeous! I adore the one with all the little birds on the branch :))


  2. Wonderful writing! Loved the way you captured it and yet left it up to us. And congrats on being so brave and climbing up, that's a big deal! The pictures are amazing also, just an all around lovely post!

  3. These pictures are insanely beautiful! it sounds like yall had a great adventure! and your writing really is spectacular! Also, what is up with that cactus?! It is awesome!


  4. You have really beautiful smile! Photos are amazing, aah, big wow, these views, love it!

    love, xoxo

  5. This looks like an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful pictures.

  6. Okay -- I now want to go there. These photos are absolutely beautiful! I am officially in love!
    xo Southern Style

  7. Wow, gorgeous photos! And I loved your description (although initially, when you described the boat ride, I thought of Heart of Darkness. Disneyland's Jungle Cruise is a much better/happier comparison). The ruins are so beautiful, it definitely sounds like they were worth the trek!


    1. Funny, my best friend said the same thing! I totally see that comparison too, but yes it was definitely more of a happy jungle cruise haha! xo Michaela

  8. Beautiful pictures!!
    xo, Jane

  9. Oh wow, these pics are amazing! Your pup is hilarious!

    xx Cara

  10. Wow what an experience!! I love anything that has history it totally puts me in awe! You look so cute too!

    <3 Shannon

  11. It must have been an amazing experience! Beautiful pictures!

    Bella Pummarola

  12. Amazing photos very interesting post.


  13. All the history and adventures captured in these photos is insane! :) What a special experience! :)
    xo Erin

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  15. That hanging plant looks so strange! I spent a good minute looking at it. Also, that stone head behind you looks like it's going to sneeze :P

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    1. Ha this comment made me giggle, it totally does!

      xo Michaela

  16. Wow what an incredible adventure! This whole time I thought Belize was just beaches and amazing the excursions just a few hours away! That's it, I'm putting it on my vacation hitlist as we speak! Ahhhh a gal can dream, right? ;D

    Thank you visiting, hope to see you back sweets!

    Xo- Julie
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  17. ah how fun! everyone needs a nice little belize break every once in a while, right?! lovely lovely pictures. also, props to you for climbing those stairs! they look like death!
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  18. Aww that doggie!
    Looks like a blast!
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  19. Such a lovely place! I love these picture, they are breathtaking and you look gorgeous and so so beautiful!

  20. Everything about this sounds totally magical and we're loving your photos so much!

    xx 365hangers

  21. These pictures are all so beautiful!

    Xo Kylie

  22. Amazing photos! I need to go to Belize! It looks incredible! And by the way, you look fab even sans make-up in the middle of the jungle!!

  23. These photos are incredible! Looks like an unforgettable trip indeed :)


  24. Ahh these photos are amazing!! I've never been to Belize before but I would love to especially after seeing these photos! Thank you for sharing!

  25. Amazing pictures!!!! Love

  26. This place looks incredible! Loving the pictures :)
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  27. So lovely post and sweet pictures!

  28. Love this post. Your writing is superb. Wonderful. Such clever photos too (IYKWIM....not a person who normally uses 'IYKWIM' but am in a rush and didn't want to leave without bestowing praise (even some small, badly worded praise) where praise is due...