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Caracol Day Trip & Water Fall from San Ignacio

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    What to Expect
    After a 7 a.m. hotel pickup in San Ignacio, board your comfortable minivan or SUV for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Caracol, located within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. En route, stop for a swim at Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls, located on the Mountain Pine Ridge.

    Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot along a forest trail, where you’ll learn about regional flora and fauna as you take in the stunning scenery. Observe how the trees of this lowland tropical broadleaf rainforest have taken over, guarding the ancient mysteries of Caracol. You'll see where the Mayans once gazed at the stars, conducted their most sacred rituals, and plotted battles.

    Begin your tour at the visitor's center, which exhibits a number of artifacts from the site, including a recovered ceremonial altar. Your guide recounts the prehistory of peasants and nobles who built and used the courtyards, residences, and astronomical observatory within the complex. Around midday, enjoy a packed lunch before continuing your tour.

    View three plaza groups surrounding a central acropolis and two ball courts, along with a number of smaller structures. Visit one of Caracol’s largest buildings, a pyramid called Caana, which rises more than 140 feet (43 meters) above the forest floor.

    Your guide will point out the many hieroglyphic texts carved on stela, altars, and wall facades. Learn about the discovery of an ornately carved ball-court-marker, interpreted by archeologists as a claim of military victory over Tikal.

    At the end of your tour, board your coach for the return trip to San Ignacio with drop-off at your hotel around 5 p.m.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Cayo

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We offer free pick up for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels out of town, can pick up for an additional surcharge.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town
    • Entry/Admission - Caracol Mayan Ruins
    • Entry/Admission - Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
    • Gratuities
    • Box lunch
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop off outside of San Ignacio town limits
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please note: a minimum of 2 passengers is required in order for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. Hotel pick up and drop off included is for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels outside of San Ignacio town, a surcharge applies.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We wanted to see some Mayan ruins that were a little off the beaten path. So we took a day trip to Caracol. Our guide, Leo, was very educated on the history of the ruins and their excavation. The experience was incredible and we were well taken care of with lunch provided. While
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    Leo and Marlin ensured we had a great time and learned a lot on this trip. If there is a down side, it is a long, rough ride to Caracol. If one gets carsick (we had a full 12 passenger van) it might not be your thing. On the other hand, these ruins are spectacular and both
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    Just got done with the trip and it was perfect. Was our first time going to Caracol and we were blown away. They were a bit late picking us up due to a traffic incident, but our guide Leo more than made up for it with excellent driving (the road isn't nearly as bad as people
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    From San Ignacio the ride of over 2 hours is a bouncy one - horrible road except the last few miles which are somewhat OK. The ruins are interesting and you can climb most of the pyramids. Maybe 20 acres total is actually uncovered and accessible. We enjoyed it but for the money
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