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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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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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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Detroit, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Site of the largest Mayan temple in Belize this was a really cool site which our guide Diego really made even better. He was extremely knowledgeable and very engaged all day. There is a long bumpy road to get there but it is definitely worth it. There is usually a stop on most tours at Rio Frio cave (large open... More

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Vonore, Tennessee
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104 reviews 104 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Caracol is an amazing Mayan ruin, and I highly recommend it. We visited 10 years ago, when they were just starting the real excavations, and we are amazed by all the changes. We couldn't wait to return and are really happy that we did. Yes, it is a long, bumpy ride, but it is much improved over 2004. If you... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We read all the reviews about how terrible the roads and how you must go with a guide and ignored them anyway. We had a rental 4x4 and the roads were bad but not terrifyingly so. It was just dirt and potholes, it's not like you were going to get stuck or fall of the mountain. The road to Monteverde... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
29 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We took a day trip from Black Rock. It's quite an interesting journey, in the rain. Stopped at Rio cave on the way. You have to sign in with the guards before you enter the park and the 'facilities' are ok if you're desperate. Wait till you get to Caracol where they are much better. It is all laid out... More

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Philadelphia suburbs
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

First, you MUST go with a guide. We had Carlos from Black Rock Lodge along to open our eyes to what were seeing, as well as what was before us but we were not noticing. Tremendous history and culture here, not at ALL crowded, and worth a day trip.. Be sure to poke in the mini-museum to see the before-... More

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