We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Caracol Mayan Ruins

Address: 65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$120*
and up
Caracol Day Trip from San Ignacio
97%
Ranked #6 of 62 things to do 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.
Attraction details
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.
Write a Review

317 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    259
    50
    7
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

These Mayan ruins cover a very large remote area, and are much less excavated in comparison to other ruins. We booked a tour with Pacz tours from San Ignacio, with Bruce as our guide. He was incredibly knowledgable, as he worked there throughout the excavation process in the late 80's. The ride there was very bumpy and about 2 hrs... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you ever get a chance to see this you owe it to yourself to go. A life changing trip. You may need 4x4 to get there but I did not I did not think the road was that bad.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Had a phenomenal visit to Caracol! The rumours are true, there is an "armed escort" but their presence is not invasive and quite frankly is minimal compared to what I had imagined would happen. The site itself is amazing and unlike Tikal you can actually walk ON and UP these ruins which is a bit of a feat in and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
21 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The road is rough for 1/4 of the way, uneven for 1/2 and paved for about 1/4 but its pretty scenic all the way. You could drive yourself in a 4WD with care or take one of the many tours. You should join the 9:00am convoy from the Douglas da Silva ranger/military station (where you sign in and out) and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
San Ignacio Town
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The tallest man Mayan site! Breath taking! Just amazed how a civilization like the Mayas of Central Low land built such huge palaces/ temples and long extensive sacbe (cause -way roads). It is hard to believe that 100,000 to 150,000 approx. Mayas live in this metropolis of Caracol. It is also hard to imagine the work put in to create... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Visited Caracol with my wife as part of our adventure package with Mystic River Resort. Two hours from Mystic River Resort over very difficult dirt roads. Fortunately, we were in van converted for serious off-road travel. As a history buff, I had always wanted to visit Mayan ruins and was not disappointed. Ben, our Mystic River guide was very patient... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Prague, Czech Republic
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It is very easy to get to Caracol. The only thing you need is a good 4x4 car. You can joint other cars at 9 am at Douglas Da Sylva. This place is almost as nice as Tical but less turists. It is good to stay at Blancaneaux Lodge or some other place near there . You do not to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The journey is just as memorable as the destination. We drove through some bone-jarring routes and were rewarded with the most wonderful vistas, mountain pine ridge area, vast, unpopulated, rolling hills, lush tropical forrest, creeks, etc. Red earth contrast the deep green forrest canopy and Blue sky will produce Postcard photo worthy sceneries. It was definitely worth the effort to... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mississauga, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We did the drive ourselves in a rented Jeep (4wd) and loved the journey from San Ignacio. So many awesome valleys, rivers and meadows to see on the way. We got to the Douglas D'Silva military statioj just after 9, checked in and we're told we could store in ourselves, while they follow at 930am. Once at the ruins site,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Silver Spring, Maryland
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The ruins were great but too much effort to get there. Hubby and I drove ourselves to the site on Jeep Liberty. It was drizzling so the road was on the wet muddy side. I was glad we had 4X4 and hubby had fun roughing it. We didn't wait for the escorts but just followed other cars with the local... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Caracol Mayan Ruins also viewed

 

Been to Caracol Mayan Ruins? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Caracol Mayan Ruins and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Caracol Mayan Ruins staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?