The real adventure of this journey starts when you arrive to the village of Carmelita where your guide will escort you to the boat. A One hour and a half boat ride through the New River leads into the archaeological site. It is an enjoyable and educational ride, indentifying bird species and seeing wildlife. “Lamanai” means submerged crocodile; it is believed that this is one of the sites that still keep the name used since the time of the Mayas. It is one of the earliest dating sites that continued up to the encounter with the Spanish and the British. Two Spanish churches were constructed at the site, the first of these was built in 1544 the second was built at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The Spanish withdrew in the eighteenth century, and then it became a British interest. The sugarcane processing during the last quarter of the nineteenth century became productive and British moved with their families to live in some of the Mayan mounds as bases for their houses. Lamanai bears the distinction of being the longest continuously occupied site in the Maya Lowland area.