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ABOUT LAMANAI OUTPOST LODGE - in their own words:
Lamanai Outpost Lodge is situated on the banks of a 28 mile long spring fed lagoon amid the remnants of a major Maya city. It is surrounded by an incredible variety of habitats that facilitate unsurpassed nature-based and soft-adventure activities that depart right from your cabaņas doorstep without the need for day-trips. The nearest full-service lodge or hotel is over 70 miles away.
Unlike many other lodges who share the same area and attractions, Lamanai Outpost is very much in a world of its own. Whether you are exploring the Maya ruins or watching nature awaken as the sun rises over Crab-Catcher Lagoon, it is almost guaranteed that it will be just you, your guide and a few friends that you have made at the Outpost.
At most jungle lodges the more popular activities involve what are called day-trips. In plain English this means that you spend a large portion of your day in a vehicle as you are driven to and from the desired attraction. At Lamanai Outpost you can choose from the countrys largest range of fully guided soft-adventure experiences that start right from your cabaņas doorstep and do not require day trips. The average guest at the Outpost embarks on two activities per each nights stay that are included in the package price.
Be it by keeping its number of cabanas below 20 or by limiting the number of guests on a tour to between 6 and 10 participants, Lamanai Outpost Lodge is totally focused upon the quality of your jungle experience. Our average activity departs with 4-6 guests.
Lamanai Outpost is one of only a very few of Belizes jungle lodges to have been repetitively featured on shows such as Wild Things, Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic Explorer and World Gone Wild. Voted Belizes Hotel of the Year for 1999/2000, the Outpost is widely recognized as one of Belizes finest jungle lodges.
GETTING TO LAMANAI:
Most visitors use the overland journey from Belize City to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge. The first part traverses the Northern HIghway passing through several small villages. You travel via air-conditioned van. After 1 1/4 hours, you will arrive at the docks on the New River, close to Orange Walk. Board your camouflaged boat, driven by one of the Outpost's experienced naturalist/guides, for a cruise up the New River to the Lodge. Have your binoculars and a camera ready. Of course, the wildlife you will see on this trip up the ancient Maya trade route will vary with the season and the weather, but visitors are often treated to up-close views of fantastic orchids, white-lined sac-winged bats, Northern Jacanas, and numerous herons. Usually, something rare pops up on the trip... perhaps a King Vulture, or the endangered Manatee, or the largest flying bird in the Americas - the Jabiru stork.
You can also fly from Belize City to the Lamanai Outpost Lodge's private airstrip. The flight is only 15 minutes long via one of Tropic Air's modern planes with experienced pilots.
Lamanai Outpost has twenty double Cabanas. Each of the Outpost's cabanas offers rustic elegance while blending in with the lush tropical gardens. The cabanas are handcrafted of local hardwoods with a palm thatched roof.
Most have one queen size bed and one double bed and some are designed to accommodate triples and families. All have hot and cold private bath, mini-fridge, verandah and more than adequate shelving and storage space. All Cabanas have high output ceiling fans and there is a prevailing breeze that comes in from the lagoon providing excellent natural ventilation. There are only two cabanas with air-conditioninng.
All meals are full service with a fixed menu. There is varied choice for breakfast, two-course lunch and three-course dinner. All include bar service and bakery items. Coffee, tea and cocoa bar available for 4:30 AM until 8:00 PM and there are snacks at Happy Hour in the bar. Vegetarian and specialized diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
FACILITIES & SERVICES
- Internet access
- fleet of canoes with paddles and life jackets
- dock with reclining chairs
- gift shop
- lagoon-side hammock area
- fax & e-mail serv ice
- direct dial phones
ACTIVITIES - click here for complete details; two standard activities included daily
Embark on a night crocodile-encounter aboard a Florida style airboat; experience a tropical breakfast on a jungle river; explore a long abandoned Maya city or simply relax in a hammock overlooking a spring fed lagoon - all within walking distance of your cabaņa. Small groups, personal attention and most importantly, no day trips required!
Located along the banks of the 28-mile long New River Lagoon, the area surrounding the Lamanai Outpost Lodge and the Lamanai Field Research Center is perhaps the best-kept birding secret in Belize. Over 375 species of birds have been recorded here in a variety of habitats from vast wetlands to broadleaf forest to pine savanna. All of these habitats are found within a two-mile radius of the lodge and are easily accessible by boat, canoe or trails.
Various birding excursions are structured to visit a maximum number of habitats and maximize the number of species you will experience. Spend a morning canoeing up Dawson Creek to look for Agami Herons, an evening watching the Jabiru stork on her nest, or a night watching the Yucatan Nightjar perched silently in the spotlight.
The Lamanai Archaeological Preserve is just a 20-minute walk from the lodge. Laman'ai (a corruption of "Lam'an/ayin", Mayan for "submerged crocodile") is an ancient Maya center known to have been continuously occupied for almost three millennia beginning in approximately 1500 B.C., one of the longest known occupation spans of any Maya site. Today, approximately 720 structures have been mapped within an area of 4.6 sq. km, 70 of which have been excavated to varying degrees.