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Caracol Mayan Ruins

Address: 65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
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Caracol Day Trip from San Ignacio
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Ranked #4 of 35 Attractions in Cayo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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Commerce City, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Definitely not for the faint of heart! We visited Caracol during our honeymoon in Belize. We didn't know we were supposed to have a military escort and we went alone but we didn't run into any trouble. We had the site to ourselves for most of our visit and the on-site guide was very knowledgeable and able to answer all... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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42 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

An extremely impressive and almost inaccessible Mayan site. Only 45 miles from San Ignacio, the drive takes 2 ½ hours with an experienced driver. I honestly cannot imagine trying to drive there for the first time in a rental vehicle, even with 4WD and an elevated chassis. The wet rutted dirt/mud road is just one minefield after another. It is... More 

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Aiken, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

It is true, getting to Caracol is not for the faint of heart. The road is TERRIBLE a even with a guide driving. But that was part of the adventure for us! It's a much bigger site than Xunantunich; many more buildings are, at least, partially excavated. It's also just stunningly beautiful. We went with a wonderful guide from our... More 

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were escorted around site by an armed guide with armed soldiers walking along. If that does not frighten you off and you are interested in really cool Mayan sites and are good at the wheel of a 4 wheel drive, it's a great way to spend a day. When we went, the road was not passable with a 2... More 

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Belize City, Belize
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I went with CAT tours and Mario our tour guide was great. He has a depth of knowledge about the ruins and more than made the trip. The ride to and from is very bumpy and will toss you about no matter what vehicle you are in. But if you are in ruins and history it's well worth the trip.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The road was rough. And long. But very scenic. When we went, 4x4 was not needed. After some rain, maybe required. You could ask about the road conditions before you go. We drove that little Suzuki Jimmy as fast as we could down those rough roads and it still to almost 3 hours to reach from San Ignacio. At the... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

To get out there is quite an adventure. Military escort and four by four vehicle is a must as the road can be dangerous. The actual ruins are amazing. Can take awhile to see everything but keep track of time so you don't miss the military escort on the way out. There is full washrooms there but there wasn't anywhere... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

Self drive 4x4 , muddy road after rain , really appreciated the adventure of driving muddy trail all the way up to caracol with full military escort to the border ! Mostly precaution protection from gatamela militants, largest site and breathtaking view with few visitors ! The site are so excluded and then after that adventure , head down to... More 

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San Francisco
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

hard to imagine that 95% of these ruins remain undiscovered... Bring sunscreen and a rain poncho, good hiking shoes and solid lunch! All visitors are escorted by the Belizean Defense Forces ( in and out of the site) and so you feel entirely safe, despite the close proximity to the Guatemalan border

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Denver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We took a day trip recently to Caracol. The trip is a pretty rough drive over terrible roads. All of the resort cars collect at a particular spot in the morning to be escorted to the site by the military. While this sounds ominous, it was really very low key. There used to be poachers in the area from Guatemala... More 

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