Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
3.5
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This location was reported permanently closed
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A 2000 year old Mayan Archaeological Reserve. A jungle experience while touring this almost "virgin" site. No temples here. But the recent clearing of the house sites will give you a sense of the life of the Maya Traders.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Heather H
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
The site is currently inaccessible. The boardwalk is in disrepair around 100 feet into the site - stretching 5-10 feet with literally no walkway. I tried to get closer to the broken areas to see if there was a way through, but then the boardwalk broke under me, and I fell into the very dirty, smelly water. My leg slipped under the beam of the walkway and was trapped. I was carrying my son in a backpack and my husband had to stand on the structure that was crushing my leg to get him off of me so that I could get up. Then he had to back away several feet so that I could lift the wood and get myself out of the mud that was sucking me down. Someone could break a leg or get a nasty gash on the broken wooden planks in the water, and then be miles from medical attention. It’s seriously dangerous, and it’s just sad because it sounded so cool. I wish we could have seen the site and explored more. Hopefully it gets funding again soon.
Written December 11, 2022
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Paul T
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I think this site should be removed from any kind of listing until serious improvements are mad. The entrance is in shambles. The trail is in serious disrepair. I made it about 50 yards in before the boardwalk had given way. The mosquitos were bad, but I was forewarned on that. I appreciate history and was sad I couldn't see any of it as far as I got. The one redeeming aspect of taking the time to go there was seeing an Ibis.
Written June 26, 2022
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Mike H
Plano, TX89 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Don’t blink or you’ll miss the entrance, way down at the southern end of Ambergris Caye. The quarter-mile boardwalk to the actual site is in a sorry state of affairs and I had to jump over several large gaps where the wood had rotted away. The site itself is a couple of bare mud clearings with no discernible sign of Mayan civilization.
Written November 9, 2021
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Barb
Orange County, CA76 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We knew this site was no longer maintained but wanted to check out what might remain, eager to see some of the island’s Mayan history. It’s quite sad as they ran out of funding, so all that remains is a very dilapidated boardwalk and so many mosquitoes. At the end of the long treacherous boardwalk the entrances are overgrown and no paths remain. No need to go, not safe to walk on.
Written January 18, 2023
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ajbenn
Seattle, WA7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
This place is probably pretty cool to spend some time looking around in, but my wife and I couldn't spend more than about 3 minutes there as we were getting eaten alive by mosquitos. The ruins aren't like some of the other sites in Belize with large pryamids so you'll really have to want to see it.

Wear long sleeves/pants and bring lots of bug spray.

Or just skip it... and do a trip to the mainland.
Written April 8, 2013
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awheintz
Philadelphia, PA6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Not worth it at all. It is an active excavation site....so is like half of Belize. There are scientists there digging a hole in the ground. But is it a solid 45 min via golf cart down a very bumpy road, then a 1/4 mile walk though mosquito infested mangrove. You MUST HAVE LONG PANTS AND A LONG SLEEVED SHIRT. + weapons grade DEET. no where else on the island was it buggy. But literally you are walking through the swamp. Would not recommend it.
Written September 27, 2013
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Mary Butz
Charleston, SC100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2012 • Friends
Absolutely stunning! If you visit Belize, be sure to not miss this and climb to the top of the temple where you can see into Guatemala. Such a beautiful part of history....
Written September 17, 2012
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Itsagamble
Port Mansfield, TX3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
My family was fortunate enough to take a tour of this site, thanks to the wonderful tour guide Jan Brown, during our recent dive vacation to Ambergris Caye. Jan was very knowledgeable about the site and full of information, answering our questions and guiding us patiently through the area. We would recommend this for anyone who has the exploring 'bug". Be prepared for discovering a place like no other, suspended in time. Since it isn't developed and still in the early stages of discovery, don't expect many tourist or crowds.Please keep in mind that it is up to you to protect and preserve this area for future generations to learn from in reference to the Mayans way of life, and leave things as you find them. Scores of shards and pieces of pottery are scattered beneath the canopy. Overwhelming just to see just how much is on the surface, leaving to your imagination how much must be uncovered & what work lies ahead for Jan and her partners that are dedicated to this endeavor. Wear your hat, bring your bugspray,water, and get ready for a step back in time and a great learning experience! Thank You again Jan! In one word, Fantastic!
Written August 7, 2012
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Kinich
Sarasota, FL63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
This is a lovely site, small and unrestored, yet beautiful and surrounded by nature. The staff does a great job of maintaining and preserving it. It is a credit to the people of the island that they have preserved this area from development.
Written May 28, 2013
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Lavette2013
Long Beach, CA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Liked - tour guide very knowledgeable & Lunch was amazing (Prepared by his wife). Price was only $40 American dollars. The jungle tour was eye opening, the villagers still use string & wire to fish ...
No dislikes!
Written May 26, 2013
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