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Address: 65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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$120*
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Caracol Day Trip from San Ignacio

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I think that your guide has a big impact on your experience. We had an incredible guide. He was able to tell us so much of the history of the site. The fact that you can climb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I think that your guide has a big impact on your experience. We had an incredible guide. He was able to tell us so much of the history of the site. The fact that you can climb onto the ruins and really experience them is amazing. Bring a lot of water. There is not a lot of shade, and there... More 

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San Ignacio, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

loved the long scenic drive to the site - I saw a lovely fork tailed fly catcher for the first time in its natural habitat and other lovely endemic plants and wildlife. When we arrived at the site it was incredible and unbelievable that only a few persons were there. I had an extraordinary time exploring the big site and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Loved this. Long muddy drive. You have to have an suv. Breathtakingly beautiful. Climbing these ancient ruins to the very top then seeing the majestic views is absolutely incredible. Don't miss this gem!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It was AT LEAST 15 years ago. There were NO TOURS, and no real roads. We went down in a rented 4x4 which was billed as having 4wd and a winch (what we paid for). It did not have either. We discovered that when we were trying to leave. We got stuck in the mud twice. Big time, and HARD.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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185 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This is an impressive group of buildings, some would say Belize's most majestic Mayan site. Beyond the small visitors center at the entrance, there is no info at all posted at the buildings, so hiring a good local guide is necessary. It's best to do that in San Ignacio since usually no guides are available for hire at the gateway.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A couple of hours drive from Cahal Pech Village Lodge. Must have guide to visit. Beautiful temples/ruins. Road is pretty bumpy - be prepared for anything. Also visited the Rio Frio Caves/river. Beautiful and lots of fun.

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Chadds Ford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Caracol may not be the easiest to get to, but that's half the charm. Very few crowds means no wait time to see this incredible site. Don't miss going if you have the opportunity.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Largest Maya ruins in Belize! Keep in mind that it is about a 2 hour rough, bumpy ride from San Ignacio to the ruins. You can do it by yourself or with a tour. We did it by motorcycle and was my bum sore by the end of the day. (*Note: I was on the back. If you are a... More 

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Waterford, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We loved Caracol. It was the best Mayan Ruins that we have seen. The highlight of our tour was seeing Howler monkeys in the wild.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This review is about the road leading to Caracol, not the site itself! We drove to Caracol in a rented 2014 Jeep Patriot (2 wheel drive). Started in San Ignacio early morning and arrived to Caracol after little less than 3 hours of driving. The road starts paved, then turns into unpaved and very bumpy at times. Near some villages... More 

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