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Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

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Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

We can't decide which site to visit, but I really want to climb to the top of a temple. I saw in another thread that you can climb El Castillo at Xunantunich. Where else can you climb? I want to be in awe of scenery and architecture.

Thanks! :)

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1. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

As of last year, you could climb at Lamanai. Highly recommended trip.

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2. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

Tikal has the big grandaddy temples to climb - plan an overnight there if you can. As noted, you can climb a big temple at Lamanai and at Xunantunich as well - vast views from all of them, but Tikal takes the cake imo.

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3. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

Quote: "Tikal takes the cake imo."

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At age 65, I climbed Xunantunich, Caracol, and Temple IV at Tikal.

Tikal is the grandest and tallest of them all. A "must do" for anyone finding themselves in the area, and a very easy trip with PACZ Tours out of San Ignacio...

www.pacztours.net/tours/tikal_guatemala.html

You can find my photos of all three, and more of Belize here...

…photobucket.com/albums/…

Also, the "Star Wars" connection with Tikal and Caracol...

www.worldwaterfowl.com/showthread.php?t=1537

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4. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

Tikal, Lamanai, Caracol are all climbing-allowed. Tikal has wooden stairs, actually.

The highest part of the high temple in Lamanai is not for the meek--you have to use a rope it's so steep.

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5. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

You can climb on all the huge pyramids here. Caracol is the biggest, and while a few feet shorter than the ones at Tikal, it must be 3 or 4 times as massive. Xuanantunich is also pretty high, and gives you a great panoramic view of Guatemala and Belize.

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6. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

We really thought Tikal was amazing; they had several structures there that you could climb.

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7. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

Is the view better from the top of xunantunich or lamanai? We can only visit one which of these two would you visit?

Edited: 2:23 am, January 10, 2012
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8. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

We've enjoyed both. What sets Lamanai apart is the whole package - the trip up the New River, the jungle with monkeys, the view. Xunantunich is nice, too, and much easier to access from a place many folks visiting Belize are already staying - San Ignacio.

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9. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

Loved them both too. Xunantunich would have the better view. A true 360 degree look at both countries.

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10. Re: Which Mayan ruins can you climb?

It can't be very long before archeologists will decide that we aren't allowed to climb the temples any more, so make the most of it while you can. tTkal is the dogs, as far as I am concerned...fantastic.