We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Caracol Mayan Ruins

65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
Improve this listing
Ranked #3 of 38 Attractions in Cayo
Book Now

Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
Write a Review

290 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    236
    47
    7
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Anchorage, Alaska
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We visited this site through an excursion we did in September 2014 on a Carnival Cruise. It was a long bus ride approximately 2 hours each way but the ride was worth it. The Mayan Ruins is a must see site on anyone's bucket list. The history and ability of the Mayan people are truly amazing. The guided tour was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Ignacio, Belize
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Really amazing site. Really enjoyed the peace and quiet amongst the huge structures and loads of wildlife. Parts of the road to the site could benefit from a little TLC but worth the effort.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

if youre really into mayan culture and stuff, you might like this place. I feel as though once you've seen a few sets of mayan ruins, youve pretty much seen them all. At one point, I was standing atop a little hill (I think there may have been a structure under it a thousand years ago) and saw some men... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Frankfurt, Germany
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I went on my own with a rental car, it's a very rough ride so get a 4x4 (I can recommend Matus in San Ignacio). You need to be at the ranger station on time (10:30 when I went but check in advance) for a convoy with the military and special police force, this was started after some robberies and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Budapest, Hungary
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We had a private tour from Sag Ignacio, because we missed the organized tour. We started our tour at 11 am with a 4WD car which is necesarry to reach the ruins, because the road is unpaved, rocky and muddy. It is a whole day trip, but worth to start! If you go by own, no chance to have guided... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fredericton, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Not the easiest site to get to, but well worth the bumpy ride. Tour guide had lots of great information to share on the history of these amazing people and this site.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Zurich, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We went there in our rental car (must be a 4x4 jeep), the drive was difficult and one has to handle lot's of mud holes and water holes, maybe in the dry season its easier. One has to start in a military cavalcade since we had been the only ones these days it was quite elusive. However the landscape while... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Many of the ruins are very well preserved, and you are able to walk around or climb to the top in order to see the entire complex.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Belize
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Because of Caracol location there is very few visitors to the ruins. Once your on your way you have about an 2 hours drive to the ruins itself, once there the is bathroom facilities you can use before you head to the actual ruins. your deep in the jungle at these point so you may wanna check the flora and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

It was really cool to walk around and listen to our guide explain the way the Mayans used this site, to imagine the way they lived. To climb to the top of the ruins and look around the site.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Caracol Mayan Ruins also viewed

 

Been to Caracol Mayan Ruins? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Caracol Mayan Ruins, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing