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- Very inexpensive and well worth the time spent here. It's only about 20 minutes away from San Ignacio so you don't have to be gone all day. I think is was 10 bz/person. An employee offered his tour guide service but it was too expensive for this venue.Written July 27, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Loved this little aspect of the San Ignacio Resort. The conservation work they are doing for iguanas is fascinating and admirable. You have to see it yourself.Written August 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We visited Xunantunich just a few days after making a trip to Tikal, and we were pleasantly surprised by its beauty and splendor. While we would highly encourage everyone to visit Tikal if possible, Xunantunich is a fabulous place that is very easy to reach from San Ignacio or nearby towns and it is certainly less crowded, less expensive, and more manageable if you are short on time and money. Since we read about the site beforehand and had spend about eight hours with an incredible guide at Tikal, we opted to visit Xunantunich on our own. It was fun to take our rental car across the river on the cable ferry, and there was plenty of parking once we got to the ruins, which are about a mile down the road from the river. We spent about 2 hours walking around Xunantunich, which gave us plenty of time to look at all of the ruins and to climb to the top of the main structure. The views from the top are amazing! There were very few people and the place was incredibly relaxing. My wife, two teenagers, and I all loved it and would definitely return.Written August 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice, cool rfershing spot to stay a couple of hours. There's a cool trail to hike on to. There were too many mosquitoes for my daughter so we only went about 1/4 through LOL...we LOVED the swim though.Written July 20, 2022
- This is the main market in San Ignacio. There is quite a bit of grocery food and day to day clothing available here for the locals. There are also some decent tourist/souvenir shops to visit. I spent about 45 minutes or so here, I wouldn't stay much longer than that.Written November 15, 2021
- —Questions answered first, then review!
NO—you do not need “closed toe shoes”. NO FLIP FLOPS. Teva, Keen, gym shoes will be fine.
NO—you cannot take a camera
YES—you need a pair of socks (to protect your bare feet on the jagged rocks, so thicker bottom running socks are good).
YES—you need a licensed guide.
YES—you need to be fit; you will be climbing and swimming the entire time. You can’t opt out once you are in.
YES—after the trek there, you are in a cave the ENTIRE time.
We visited ATM cave and it was one of the most challenging and fabulous things we have ever done. The site is a river cave which, about 500 meters in, is a preserved Mayan excavation with artifacts and skeletal remains preserved in place.
—After donning helmets with headlamps affixed atop, the adventure began by crossing the Macal River on foot about waist deep. Then a 1.5 mile jungle trail (wherein we again crossed the Macal two more times, once knee deep and the last crossing about shin deep).
—Arriving to the cave, we switched the headlamps on and proceeded to spend about an hour swimming, climbing, scrambling up and down rocks in a cave which would be pitch black if not for the trusty headlamps. The water in the cave ranges from head deep to ankle deep with areas of rushing water. Some of the rock formations we squeezed through were barely big enough for our heads to slip through!
—We had to climb a fairly large rock (about 15 feet high) to reach a ledge, where we then removed our shoes to walk in socks the rest of the way. We had one more challenge, which was a 15 foot ladder bolted to the cave wall. This is done in socks, so cushioned ones are better—the rocks are sharp and jagged in some spots. Once at the top of the cave, our guide explained the artifacts we saw: hundreds of ancient ceremonial pots, a half dozen skulls, and one completely intact skeleton. Some items dated to 1,000 years ago, some possibly older.
—We, of course, had to take all the challenges again to get back out: down the ladder and down the giant rock!
—Our exit route from the cave went through some different tunnels. Notable was a deep stretch we had to slide through sideways and then swim down a narrow 3 foot channel. The most memorable was a part of the cave that had strong, rushing water that led down a rocky flue to the next level. When the guide indicated we would be traveling down this whorl of water. I laughed because I thought he was kidding. He was not.
—We emerged from the cave and trekked back down the jungle path and river crossings, the way we came. We made it out five, just waterlogged with sore muscles.
—The site does not allow cameras so no pictures!Written August 9, 2022
- We took a canoe down the river from Mystic River Resort and spent a few hours around the Gardens - they handed us a very big self-guided tour book which was helpful. A tour might have been nice to do, but ambling about was what we wanted to do that day. Lunch at Sweet Songs was pretty good before we paddled back. It was a nice day.Written June 22, 2022
- A lot of fun! Easy 15-minute jungle walk to the cave entrance. Bug spray is a MUST! BRING YOUR BUG SPRAY WITH YOU. Your guide will put it in his drybag so that you can spray again after you emerge for the buggy walk back! We did several excursions while in Belize and this was by far the buggiest one! Cave was cool and dark and turning out headlamps on the float back to the entrance was awesome!Written July 5, 2022
- Amazing morning ziplining through the jungle with highly experienced and very fun guides. Totally exhilarating, even for the novices with us! Then spent the next couple of hours with Roberto cave tubing through some of the most beautiful caves I have ever seen. Long low ceilinged tunnels opening into limestone cathedral caverns of soaring heights. Incredible rock formations of amazing variety given they all formed in the same environment. And Roberto was such a wonderful guide. So informative about the flora and fauna on the way to the cave entrance, local traditions and superstitions, and the caves themselves. If you visit Belize, don't miss this entirely unique and breathtaking experience. And be sure to insist on Roberto as your guide!!Written May 25, 2022
- We decided to venture out of San Ignacio on our own to visit Caracol, the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize. Caracol was the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands of ancient time and is located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the Maya Mountains. The drive from San Ignacio to Caracol is around 2.5 hrs. Glad that we rented an AWD SUV since most of the road in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is unpaved and some areas are rocky & narrow. It’s amazing to see Pine Trees in tropical region.
It was a long, tiring day but well worth the drive. Caracol is spectacular and huge area. There were a handful of people when we arrived. The place was almost empty. If you decide to go, make sure that you are at the checkpoint to enter Caracol before noon or the guard will not let you go in. Bring lots of cold water/drinks and food for snack since there are no place to buy anything.Written June 12, 2022
- My friend and I rented a car (was supposed to be AWD, but we suspect it was just a rear wheel). We drove several miles out of town, followed signs along the way, and ended up having to hike the road for about 45 min each way because the road was washed out. The pine forest surprised us as we expected to be in the jungle. The view from the vista was beautiful. Recommend making sure you have a 4WD car before venturing there though!Written May 16, 2021
- Do not underestimate the challenge that this excursion represent, wear appropriate clothing and shoes, carry water and energy bars this is way different that ATM. From the parking area back and forth were gone six hours.
Walter was our guide and we booked with Mayawalk,
Walter was patient and very knowledgeable and I am grateful that his technical skills allowed my 10 and 13 years old children to complete the all Crystal Cave adventure without incident leaving them with a lifelong of extra ordinaries memoriesWritten August 11, 2022
- I found it really interesting to walk through this mostly unrestored and unexcavated site. It does have maintained trails that make it easy to walk through and around the ruins.
Due to some crime in the vicinity, I was actually warned against going here by my hotel, and they said they have stopped doing birding tours in the area because of that crime for the time being. Due to that, I was the only visitor there that day (maybe that week!). Also due to the crime potential (it's very near the border with Guatemala is part of the problem, apparently), I was required to pay extra to have a guard or guide accompany me as I explored the site. The guy I was assigned was pretty new, so didn't have much factual information to offer, but he told me a bit about his experience as a ranger there.
Also, when I left, they admonished me to not stop for anyone along the (bumpy, rough) road.
I didn't have any problems, and am glad I got to see a different type of Maya site.Written June 20, 2021
- This truly an Exceptional cave system! Please where long pants and hiking shoes that can get wet. The cave navigation requires crawling, swimming and waterfall rappelling. I do not recommend navigating this system alone!!! It is acceptable for children depending on their maturity. The tallest waterfall is perhaps 15 ft so
They need to be able to trek and rappel that and listen to
Guide instruction. I would
Recommend Ian Anderson Cave Brand Tour Guides for this experience. Chico
And his team
Are highly experienced.Written April 16, 2016
- The museum is interesting, with information about local species and some Mayan history. The most fun is the butterfly room where butterflies land on you and we learned about their breeding project.Written May 6, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Cayo
- The best day trips from Cayo according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Cave Tubing & Xunantunich (Mayan Ruins) From Placencia
- Tikal Day Trip with Local Lunch from San Ignacio
- Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave Tour and Picnic
- Cave Tubing and Zipline Adventure (Boat Transfer)
- Jungle Pontoon Waterfall Adventure Tour