Santa Rita Corozal

Santa Rita Corozal, Corozal Town

Santa Rita Corozal
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marjoriep918
Metairie, LA59 contributions
A small Mayan ruin and a must see. This is a very small mound and beautiful grounds. It is within walking distance of much of the Corozal area but one of the more historical sites. We did not tour the ruins but did drive over to visit the site.
Written February 28, 2020
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LanSluderBelize
Asheville, NC786 contributions
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For years, Santa Rita wasn't officially open to the public, although you could walk around the site through heavy bush. Then the Archeology Department of NICH had a part of the site cleared, cleaned away the growth and dust of centuries on a large temple building (you can climb it) and hired a caretaker to provide visitors with some information on the site. There's now an admission fee of BZ$10.

Santa Rita today is also used as site for weddings. It would be a great place for wedding.

It's not a large site, but it was an important one in the Pre-Classic. Classic and Post Classic periods because it controlled the river trade routes used by other Maya centers such as Lamanai, La Milpa and Tikal in what is now the Petén of Guatemala. Santa Rita had a long history, with habitation from as early as 1500 to 2000 BCE to the mid-16th century CE.

I'm glad that more people are now able to see at least part of this Maya site.
Written October 14, 2016
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barryringley
Colorado Springs, CO25 contributions
Solo
Upon arrival I was met by the Site Manager and was given the history of this site. Though small in area this was once the focal point of the Maya nation stretching from Chetumal, Mexico down beyond the Orange Walk, Belize area. It was the site of a royal wedding in the 1500s and has also been determined as a royal burial site.
Written October 13, 2016
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Brian S
Chicxulub Puerto, Mexico347 contributions
This is the only archaeological ruin in Corozal Town,and is AMAZINGLY difficult to locate! We live in Mexico and are accustomed to visiting Mayan ruins of all sizes, but Santa Rita was a huge let down. There is literally only one structure there, and the entire site is fenced off with chain link. The only entrance, where there was supposed to be someone to welcome us and take our admission fee, was locked at midday, with no one around. The signs indicated a $10.00 admission fee per person, which we felt was exorbitant based on what we could see from the street. We did not enter the site, but photographed the single structure (temple??) from the outside of the fence, then left. HUGE disappointment.....
Written February 18, 2020
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SadeNY
New York City, NY229 contributions
Solo
This was only found recently I was told. I took a cab there and before I could take a picture a man had his hand out and said it cost $5.00 to visit.
I didn't have a problem with the price; I had a problem with no signs telling you what it cost.
Written March 25, 2016
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DonnaandCraig
Doylestown, PA390 contributions
There's not much happening in Corozal. The Santa Rita Mayan ruins are within walking distance of the town center. Its worth a look but its really a very quick visit.
Written February 15, 2020
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FrequentTraveller56
Spokane, WA86 contributions
Solo
The Santa Rita site is small, especially considering how large the original Mayan city was. What made the visit very good instead of average was the on-site staff person from the National Institute of Archaeology who was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He explained the primary feat (the short pyramid) and then took me to some of the not so obvious features of the site. While it does not come close to comparing with nearby Lamanai, Santa Rita is well worth a 30 minute visit.
Written May 15, 2017
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Ricky J
Waco, TX11 contributions
Friends
The ruins all small but very interesting. I learned a lot about Mayan and Corozal history from the on site guide. It costs 10 BZD per person.
Written March 7, 2017
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shelleyjopp
Regina, Canada5 contributions
Couples
well priced the tour guides were great at explaining the story behind Santa Rita. We were allowed to explore it all on our own with full access. No pressure to hurry.
Written February 9, 2017
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Splinda62
Baltimore, MD68 contributions
Couples
I love visiting Mayan ruins and have seen several in Corozal. Santa Rita is a very small site and well maintained. But when we went the man who took our money and was supposed to show us the ruin did not do anything but take our money and walk away. When my husband asked him some questions it was clear he knew a lot about the Maya and this site in particular but just wasn't interested in sharing it with us. We were told by friends that there are two guides, one good and one who can't be bothered. We got Mr. Can't Be Bothered and it cast a bit of a pall on our visit.
Written November 14, 2016
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