Orange Walk and Lamanai

10 days ago, despite the polar vortex that had descended upon the U.S. I was able to make my way to Miami and then Belize without incident and on time! Once I passed through immigration and customs without real issue, I gathered up my bags and headed toward Orange Walk, my first destination point. I read that rather than going all the way to Belize City I could just hop on a northbound bus from the highway outside the airport. I thought about just walking the mile to the bus stop, but thought better of it once I had my bags on. Instead, I paid a cab to drop me of across the street from the bus stop and waited. In 20 minutes or so an old Blue Bird bus came around the corner, I picked up my bags, made sure it was heading my way, and hopped on. I think this was the moment I realized I was here and I was really doing it!

With a little direction from my bus seat mate Angel, who lived in Orange Walk, I found a hotel (no hostels here) for 35 Belizean dollars (17.5 US) a night that had a double bed, fan, cable TV, shared bathroom and hot water showers. I paid for two nights, got situated and booked into a tour of Lamanai ruins for the next morning. Feeling accomplished for having made it this far, I went in search of food, showered, and called it a night.

In the morning I was picked up at my hotel by Reyes brothers tours around 9 am Belizean time and by ten we were headed down the New River in a motor boat on the way to the Mayan city of Lamanai. The river is pretty narrow and winds and bends in one direction and then the other making the hour and a half ride itself lots of fun. Along the way we slowed several times to check out the local plants and animals and to see Shipyard, the Mennonite community of 4,000 that calls northern Belize home.

New River

Snake Cactus

Shipyard

Once we finally arrived at Lamanai, or Submerged Crocodile as the Mayans called it, our guide showed us around the city. We saw pyramids of different shapes and sizes that were used for various municipal and status related purposes and even got to climb one; the tallest, steepest, and safest one, thanks to the yellow rope running down the middle. I laughed at this definition of safe, then went to the top to take in the view.

Map of Lamanai

Lamanai

Lamanai

Tallest Pyramid

Me at Lamanai

After a delicious lunch of spicy baked chicken, rice and beans, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and pineapple for dessert, we got back in the boat and headed down the river to Orange Walk. I had planned to stay here for a whole additional day, but decided to pack it in and head to Corozal, closer to the Mexican border, instead.

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11 responses to “Orange Walk and Lamanai

  1. Oh man, this sounds awesome!!! Thanks for including photos!!

  2. Glad you made it safely and it’s great to see that you’ve dived headfirst into the swing of things.

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  3. I just got to read your blog. Boy am I glad I took the time to visit. Due to my hearing loss many times I miss out on what is going on around me. Yes I heard mention of u n travel but never fully understood what was really happening. Talk about impressed. I am so very proud and happy for you.

    God gives us life and it is up to us to make the best of it. You, young lady are doing just that. Keep the photos coming n continue, when possible, to fill us in on your amazing experience. This is like a whole new education for me. Thank you so much for sharing and allowing this old lady to enjoy your journey.

    In life we don’t get a “do over or repeat”. As long as you continue to plan n live your life according to Shera Kenney you will never look back n have regrets. Enjoy, be safe and continue to reach for the sky. It’s so refreshing to hear of young people being responsible and goal oriented when doing it “their way”. You go Girl!!!!

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    • Ms. Deb I’m so glad you got to read about some of my adventures too! And thank you for your encouragement! Though I’m still working on finding my groove in a life on the road, I know this was the right thing for me to do and am definitely trying to figure out how to live the right life for me! Im happy to keep sharing and hope you continue to enjoy my adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You look so happy!!! Yayyyyyy ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. A couple things: 1) You look so cute on top of that pyramid.
    2) The windy river looks awesome and beautiful
    3) What are we looking at in that 2nd picture? Just greenery?
    4) Go Shera!

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