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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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Fredericton, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Fishers, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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