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Caracol Mayan Ruins

65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
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Ranked #3 of 36 attractions in Cayo
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you come to Belize and don't do the Caracol ruins, you will regret it. The drive there and back is half the adventure, and worth every second! Here's my blog post: http://streamllc.com/phlog/belize/

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Fishers, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Caracol is an incredible site and well worth the drive! I thought that the road there was part of the adventure, and it really helps keep the large crowds away. How many places like this can you go and get pictures with nobody in them? My wife and I have several pictures of us standing on top of several of... More

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The largest of the Mayan Ruins in Belize and one of the largest in the Mayan World, Caracol is a must see if in Belize. The structure is wide doesn't feel as high as Xunantunich or Lamanai simply because it's not as steep. The view atop Caracol however, is breath-taking.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Site of the largest Mayan temple in Belize this was a really cool site which our guide Diego really made even better. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaged all day. There is a long bumpy road to get there but it is definitely worth it. There is usually a stop on most tours at Rio Frio cave (large open... More

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Caracol is an amazing Mayan ruin, and I highly recommend it. We visited 10 years ago, when they were just starting the real excavations, and we are amazed by all the changes. We couldn't wait to return and are really happy that we did. Yes, it is a long, bumpy ride, but it is much improved over 2004. If you... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We read all the reviews about how terrible the roads and how you must go with a guide and ignored them anyway. We had a rental 4x4 and the roads were bad but not terrifyingly so. It was just dirt and potholes, it's not like you were going to get stuck or fall of the mountain. The road to Monteverde... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We took a day trip from Black Rock. It's quite an interesting journey, in the rain. Stopped at Rio cave on the way. You have to sign in with the guards before you enter the park and the 'facilities' are ok if you're desperate. Wait till you get to Caracol where they are much better. It is all laid out... More

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Philadelphia suburbs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

First, you MUST go with a guide. We had Carlos from Black Rock Lodge along to open our eyes to what were seeing, as well as what was before us but we were not noticing. Tremendous history and culture here, not at ALL crowded, and worth a day trip.. Be sure to poke in the mini-museum to see the before-... More

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Orange Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

First, we booked our tour of Caracol Mayan Ruins with Belize Nature Travel. This was probably the best decision we made as we researched most of the tour companies prior to our visit. Our guide was "The Amazing" Diego. Diego is a great guide and he is passionate about many things in his country. He has a vast knowledge of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In order to get to Caracol, one must endure a long ride on a road that isn't paved and, depending on whether it rained, can be a very bumpy ride. Once we arrived, we found that it was worth the effort. The temples are impressive as are the stairs. Most will agree that the climb to the top of the... More

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