Orange Walk Town , on the banks of the New River , is Belize’s second largest city . Settlers have been around a very long time in this area. First, the Maya many centuries lived here and later , starting around the mid-16th Century European settlers arrived in this region of Belize. Just as Corozal Town Orange Walk Town has emerged as a settlement of refugees from Mexico.
A special attraction in the area of Orange Walk Town is the imposing and important Mayan ruins of Lamanai . To get there , the waterway on the New River offers . Enjoy the ride in the boat and let the views of the Belizean landscape slide . Experience the flora and fauna of Belize , you see enough of the magnificent colors of the jungle.
After a while, ride the river empties into the New River Lagoon . This lagoon is approximately fifty kilometers long and thus the largest in Belize. Even from the shore you can see some buildings of the Maya. Lamanai , which translates in German means as much as ” abgetauchtes Crocodile” , one of the largest Mayan facilities of its kind in all of Belize . It is estimated that up to 50,000 people lived here . The huge main temple in Lamanai comes from the so-called Präklassik the Mayan culture. This ranges from about 2000 BC to 250 BC, a small museum on site are issued in the various artefacts from all periods of the Mayan culture. The entire area is now under protection , which is also the rain forest and the wildlife comes in addition to the archaeological treasures benefit . Keep your eyes open, you might discover one of the shy forest dwellers ! If you like , you can swim in the New River Lagoon .
The Rio Bravo conservation area and its treasures
The Rio Bravo Conservation Area is a huge nature reserve , about an hour’s drive from Orange Walk Town . Many thousands of acres of forest land have a variety of animals habitat. Above all, the stocks of wild cats and tapirs are particularly high in this reserve and remain fairly constant, since hunting is hardly or not longer allowed. In the treetops of mahogany trees , cedars and other giant trees cavort over 200 different bird species, but also monkeys and other animals . Over 100 species of orchids grow in the Rio Bravo Conservation Area. It relies on sustainable ecotourism to introduce visitors to the vulnerable nature and its diversity.
As a visitor you have the opportunity to participate in guided jungle tours , exploring nature trails and visit Mayan sites . In the midst of the protected area are in fact present countless Mayan ruins. It is believed that many remnants of the Mayan time have so far remained undiscovered . The most famous Mayan site here is probably La Milpa .
La Milpa was discovered in the 1930s. Of course, here are pyramids – some of them extend more than 20 feet in the air . The archaeologists believe that in the north of La Milpa is the part where the people lived . In the south, the buildings are laid out rather closed. Presumably, the rulers resided . Today, large parts of the former Mayan city are overgrown by jungle.