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Caracol Mayan Ruins

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 38 Attractions in Cayo
Type: Ancient Ruins, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
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, Cultural
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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Lethbridge, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Sidney, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I visited this Ruin in Belize and found it to be absolutely fascinating. The guide we had told us all about how the society of the Mayans had functioned within the "city" and how everyday life would have been for them. Climbing to the top of the highest ruin, you get a 360 degree view of the most astounding jungle... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

It is an amazing site, but be aware that visitors have to be escorted there by tourism police or members of the Belize Defense Force because it is near Guatemalan border. Last month a tourism officer was shot and killed in front of a group of tourists. It is believed the incident happened because the police had confiscated some horses... More 

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Anchorage, Alaska
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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 

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San Ignacio, Belize
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 

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