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Caracol Mayan Ruins
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Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch
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Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
Reviewed September 10, 2012

What a beautiful site! Our tour guide was amazing - full of information and history. It was well worth the climb to the top of the largest ruin as the view of the jungle was incredible. We spent over 2 hours walking the site and then we sat down to enjoy the lunch that the guide had with him. Highly recommend the stop. Be forewarned - it is in a very secluded area and the long drive is over terrible roads.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

The trip through Mountain Pine Ridge was bumpy but breathtaking views made it worth it. The stop at Rio Frio cave was great to break up the trip.
Overall Caracol was a very impressive ruin site to see - Mayan residences, temples, and the unbelievable Ca'ana structure. The view from the ground does not do the impressive structure justice because you can't see the top from the ground! The walk around Caracol was a treat and a very memorable experience!
On the way back we stopped at Rio On pools for a quick cooling off swim to complete an amazing Belizean day!

3  Thank BenjaminG766
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The long ride through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve over rough roads is rewarded by the opportunity to explore the small area of this vast city site (comparable to Tikal) which has been unearthed so far. Caracol actually conquered Tikal in the Late Classic Period, leading to the latter's eventual downfall. When I visited (7/26) there were only two other young couples in the entire site and at times I had entire plazas to myself. I expect the scene will be rather different for the winter solstice! The faint of heart should be aware that due to the recent increase in tensions between Guatemala and Belize (long story), access to the site near the border is controlled. Tours have to announce their arrival at a BDF (Belize Defense Force) control point before entering, and in our case a three-man team of guards with AR-15s followed us in and stayed on the site during our visit. -- Laoban

7  Thank Laohuang
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

There are two roads leading in to this site. The first is at George Village and the second being just at the edge of San Ignacia. The one at George Village is rough and takes longer, but if you are up for an adventure, this is your road. You have to get a military escourt from the check point, but really no need to worry. The site is filled with temples and lots of wildlife. Anyone who makes the trip should plan for a whole day so you can also visit Rio Frio Cave and falls.

4  Thank ksoutherland46
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

We chose to come to Caracol instead of some of the other ruins because we thought it would be a bit off the beaten path. And it was. Although it took a while to get there, we all felt it was well worth the effort. The ruins are not quite as impressive as those in Tikal, but they still are interesting and the view from the temple is outstanding - it's above the tree level and you can see all the way to Guatemala. Nice picnic and bathroom area. Small gift shop and small museum.

3  Thank Barbara G
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