New River (Belize)

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New River, Belize
View from Lamanai High Temple to New River

The New River, also Rio Nuevo, is a river in northern Belize. As the longest river that is entirely confined to Belize, it drains primarily the eastern part of the Orange Walk District during its north-northeasterly course and empties into the Chetumal Bay. The river also forms the New River Lagoon, the largest body of fresh water in Belize, just east of the Maya temples of Lamanai. The New River is a habitat for numerous types of fish, birds, as well as crocodiles.

Boat tours are available from several sources. Those originating locally afford excellent opportunities to view the local wildlife. The boat tours for passengers of cruise ships calling at Belize City do not do so, and only provide high-speed transportation to Lamani for superficial tours which do not do justice to a word class archaeological site.

Coordinates: 18°20′N 88°22′W / 18.333°N 88.367°W / 18.333; -88.367