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“Interesting, but a long drive to get here”

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.
Portland, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Interesting, but a long drive to get here”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

See my review on Mountain Pine Ridge Road for more... We enjoyed these ruins but it takes 3 hours to drive here from San Ignacio, which makes for a long day. These ruins have high historical significance, but you would not know it after seeing Tikal and comparing the two. Worth a visit if you have time, but maybe not high priority unless you are a lover of all things ruin. While there are NO crowds here, the price seemed too high and the wildlife/jugle experience seemed lacking as well.

Visited June 2012
1 Thank sunski774
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Larger Mayan Ruins”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

Spent a few hours here taking photos and walking around. These are bigger than some others I've seen including Lamanai and Tulum but from what I understand, not as big as Tikal in Guatemala. Nonetheless, it is worth the trip.

There are some great picture opportunities throughout the site including tombs you can enter and great panorama's from the top of the big one.

It is in quite a ways from the road (2 hour drive on gravel) but the road is for the most part flat. The last part of the road is actually paved. I recommend going during a dry period as the gravel road would be a bit tough to drive on in the rain.

I recommend going in the morning then stopping in San Ignacio for a late lunch. Also, keep an eye out for Howler Monkeys:)

Visited October 2012
3 Thank MikesEpicLife
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Hansville, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“My favorite Mayan ruin”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

There are few ruins like this. Not only is this a huge ruin site (as big as Tikal or Chichen Itza) but you get the run of it virtually by yourself. Beautifully open areas with N.S,E,W temples, ball courts and many public areas, this place is hard to beat.
Add that there are very few people here (12 when we visited) and you have the place to yourself. Impressive for photographs, excellent in quality. Well worth the effort to get here. Often looked over, but once you make it here, all other sites will be judged by this one.
This was one of the highlights of our backpacking honeymoon.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank David W
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2012

We loved this tour! It was amazing to see such well-preserved Mayan ruins and they were in a beautiful jungle setting.
Highlights of the tour included the view from the top of Canaa and seeing howler monkeys in the wild.
We were also the only ones at the site when we went, which added to the feeling of mystery and the incredible experience.
Our guide, Israel, was a huge part of our experience - he was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful, and we learned a lot from him about the site, the wildlife, and life in Belize in general. He was very patient with our questions and wonderful to spend the day with.
The ruins are in a very remote area, and while we were initially reluctant to drive there without a guide because of coordinating with the military escort, this turned out to be not such a big deal, and the road, while long and bumpy, was very workable.
We also stopped at the Rio Frio/Rio On pools - due to the rains they were full of sediment and had a strong current, so we opted out of swimming, but at a different time of the year, they seem like they would be great for swimming.

Visited October 2012
Thank Julia G
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Phoenix, Arizona
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380 reviews
144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
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.

Visited August 2012
3 Thank TravelingSuz
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