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Address: 65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize

This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.

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I climbed all of the things! And there were a lot of things to climb. Caracol is one of the largest Mayan sites. This was a hard tour to take since we stayed in Placencia but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Milford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed Caracol! We did this in our rental Jeep by ourselves with no guide. We arrived at the convoy early and sat waiting for a while until a tour guide parked near us suggested we just start - the convoy follows behind everyone. We should have just started way earlier without waiting. The convoy doesn't leave quite at... More 

Thank K S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I climbed all of the things! And there were a lot of things to climb. Caracol is one of the largest Mayan sites. This was a hard tour to take since we stayed in Placencia but we found a guide! Wilfred was our guide and his brother picked us up from our resort to drive us out to San Ignacio... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Like other larger sites like Tikal, Caracol gives visitors an excellent picture of life during its existence. It's a bit eerie at times when you are on top of the ruins and hear howler monkeys bellowing and scrambling in the very nearby trees. Another do not miss place for your Belize list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed these ruins so much. It is a 2 hour drive from San Ignacio - only 50 miles, but only 20 of those miles paved at this time. We were the first people at the site the day we went and only saw about 7 other people while there. What a luxury compared to the many Mayan ruins we... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I arranged my trip from San Ignacio, through Maya Walk. The cost was approx $95USD, but it was a full day of exploring, seeing not only these amazing ruins, but also stopping at a waterfall for a swim, and a cave system (of which the later was supposed to have been used by Mayans) The journey to Caracol was a... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having been to Tikal the day before I was not expecting to be wowed by these ruins......but I was in a different kind of way. Firstly the paths are much smaller, mostly single file & crossing tree roots, the guides also take you off the main paths sometimes too, making for the fact that it seems like you are discovering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rented a car so getting here was quite easy despite the roughish roads and distance. We did not get to the meeting place for the military convoy in time but we managed the trip just fine on our own. Make sure to pack food and drinks along, have a full tank of gas and an extra tire if you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did a tour with Belize Nature Travel. Kevin our guide took us there in what was about a 3 hour drive often on some very rough roads. The day we went there were less than a dozen other people which made it even better – we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Kevin was great providing a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

WOW! This complex is inspiring and worth the effort to get a guide and do the hiking. You get an idea of both the original city and the current state of the ruins. The remoteness of this site means it wasn't crowded and the drive to and from the ruins is a great way to see the country. Howler monkeys... More 

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New Harmony, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

I loved Caracol. The ruins there are massive. I was surprised by the size of the site. There are good bathrooms and nice pavilion for lunch. It had a more remote and untouched feel than Tikal. If you like Maya ruins, see this!

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