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Altun Ha or Laminai #53864
06/06/02 12:08 AM
06/06/02 12:08 AM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 9
Redmond, Oregon, USA
Bones Offline OP
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We'll be on AC and CC for a week each and are looking at both the Lamanai tour and the one to Altun Ha. Lamanai is twice the cost and we are wondering if it is worth it? Altun Ha looks pretty cool as does the trip to Lamanai. Is Lamanai worth the extra $ ?? Anyone have some thoughts here? Thanks for the help.

Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53865
06/06/02 09:19 AM
06/06/02 09:19 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 108
SanHam Offline
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Bones, I can only speak on Altun Ha. I stayed in San Pedro and I took a day trip to Altun Ha. While this is one of smaller ruins, so I hear, it is quite nice. Although, the ride over was was quite the adventure for me. We passed a school of dolphins that swam right up next to our boat and traveled with us for a little bit. We also stopped to check out some alligators close to shore and passing through the mangroves was really neat (I hear it is really great when the flowers are in bloom and there are lots of birds). Once there, we unloaded at a small village (and i mean small) where you can buy carvings, jewelery etc. from the locales (talk with these people, they are very interesting). We then took a bus to the ruins. It was pretty hot but our tour guides were prepared with water and even pop and beer on the boat. The best however, was after the ruins when we stopped at the Maruba day Spa located right in the middle of the rainforest. Just what we needed after a hot outing at the ruins. We ate lunch there (if you go, make sure you eat in the big tree house which is absolutely fabulous). We then had the option of booking any of the spa services (massage, manicure/pedicure, horseback riding, etc). Those who didn't, swam in the pools. We then headed back to the bus and to the boat(one couple decided to stay over). My only advice is make sure you go in a larger boat as the waters can get choppy later in the day and we felt every bump. So while the ruins were great and our guide had tons of interesting information and facts, I think it was the entire pacage that did it for me (ride over, village, ruins, spa retreat). I hope this helps.

Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53866
06/06/02 09:27 AM
06/06/02 09:27 AM
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 1,080
Eugene, OR, USA
KC Offline
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They are both great, and yes, Lamanai is worth it.

My BEST ADVICE is that whichever one you do, go with Daniel at Tanisha Tours. Some tour guides drive you there, and breeze you through. You will have a wonderful tour if you go with Daniel. (And don't buy a tour off the street from someone who says they are Daniel). Call Tanisha.


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Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53867
06/06/02 10:28 AM
06/06/02 10:28 AM
Joined: Feb 2002
Posts: 5,255
bucks county, PA
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if your plans aren't concreted, if i had two weeks i would spend 3-4 nights in cayo, then see the other ruins plus jungle & so much more. i saw xunantunich, and hope to see el pilar or caracol this trip.

just a suggestion.

i have not seen either lamanai or altun ha.

Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53868
06/06/02 10:28 AM
06/06/02 10:28 AM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 2,133
San Jose, CA USA
Gela Offline
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Bones, I've been to both ruins last year. I went to Lamanai on the day trip with Tanisha (Daniel is THE best) and then I visited Altun Ha while staying at Maruba Spa. They were both very interesting but I'd say that Lamanai is the better choice even though it costs more. (Remember you pay for lunch on the Altun Ha trip plus any spa treatments you might choose.) It's a long day - that bumpy boat ride back to AC at dusk was an experience itself!
Which ever one you choose, you will enjoy, I'm sure.

Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53869
06/06/02 11:58 PM
06/06/02 11:58 PM
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 9
Redmond, Oregon, USA
Bones Offline OP
Bones  Offline OP
We have 2 nights in Cayo and will visit Xuantanich for sure and maybe something else. The criminal activity there has us a bit uneasy. Maybe our next trip we can spend more time exploring Cayo, which has so many great things to see and do.

Thanks Kc, Gela, SweetJane, and Sanham for the info. Daniel seems like the one for the trip and we will have to decide still between the two ruins. I'm thinking Altun Ha. If there is no compelling reason to do Lamanai, the extra $ goes a long way for snorkeling and fishing!

[This message has been edited by Bones (edited 06-06-2002).]

Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53870
06/07/02 06:48 AM
06/07/02 06:48 AM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Lamanai has a much more beautiful setting, on the New River Lagoon. One other plus is that there is a troop of howler monkeys at Lamanai. It is a great trip up the New River, but it is a long day and more expensive than a visit to Altun Ha.

--Lan Sluder
Belize First

Lan Sluder/Belize First
Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53871
06/07/02 09:54 AM
06/07/02 09:54 AM
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 128
Dangriga, Stann Creek , Belize
d-jon Offline
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I agree with Lan 100% it's very beautiful at Lamanaii.

Hi, trina I would suggest the Orange Walk area. There is a lot to offer there. In particular there is the Lamanai Outpost lodge that offers exactly what you're looking for. You can contact me if you need more info at [email protected]
Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53872
06/07/02 12:56 PM
06/07/02 12:56 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 70,171
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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I agree with the majority.
if you can just do one, go to Lamanai....

Re: Altun Ha or Laminai #53873
06/07/02 10:27 PM
06/07/02 10:27 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 11,049
Rockport, Maine
klcman Offline
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Yup - Lamanai gets my vote too - have done both with Daniel - he is TOPS

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