Where you stay is very important here and we recommend two lodges in particular. Lamanai Outpost Lodge, perched on the banks of a 28-mile, spring-fed lagoon offers activities such as exploring the jungle at dawn in search of wildlife or a relaxing morning adventure down Dawson’s Creek as the sun rises. You can also embark on a Lamanai Maya Cruise to venture through the ancient ruins or follow a Maya Medicine Trail. Other activities include native fishing, howler monkey treks, sunset airboat safari and a crocodile encounter. Chan Chich Lodge is on Gallon Jug estate, within the largest continuous forest north of the Amazon Basin. This authentic and luxurious lodge has expansive walking trails or vehicles that can take you to areas such as Laguna Seca, the Upper Escarpment and Sylvester Village. You can also join a day trip to La Milpa, ride horseback through jungle trails or Mayan ruins, and even canoe the Laguna Verde where you might spot crocodiles and turtles.