Lamanai was occupied as early as the 16th century BC. The site became a prominent centre in the Pre-Classic Period, from the 4th century BC through the 1st century CE. In 625 CE, “Stele 9” was erected there in the Yucatec language of the Maya. Lamanai continued to be occupied up to the 17th century AD.
Getting to Lamanai Should you want to get there on your own, it’s not impossible, but harder. To get there, you must take a scenic 26-mile boat ride up the New River Lagoon departing from Orange Walk Town.
From Belize City , you can hop a bus from the local station to Orange Walk. From there, you’ll need to grab a taxi because Lamanai is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the town of Orange Walk.