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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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Frankfurt, Germany
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72 reviews 72 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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

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Budapest, Hungary
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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

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Fredericton, Canada
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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.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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.

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Belize
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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

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Deep in the jungle... very few visitors... and an escort from armed soldiers of the Belize Defence Force as long as you get to the Ranger Station by 09:30. A wonderful experience.

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Havre, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The drive is long, but educational. Meeting military escorts is part of the mystique. No doubt both the drive and military vibe limit the amount of people willing to travel to Caracol, which led to the ruins being basically empty the day we visited. Another bonus is the ability to climb all over the ruins and even into burial chambers.... More

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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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