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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
Ranked #3 of 73 things to do in Cayo
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Owner description: This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The site was well worth the drive to get there. It is still being developed but is very interesting. Don't worry about the warning to follow the convoy in for safety. Four other vehicles and our selves went in alone and had no problem.

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Don't miss a tour to Caracol! It is fascinating to see the ruins and the wildlife (birds, iguanas, bats), there is enough to see and enough to learn. We did the tour with PACS from San Ignacio with Bruce, he told us a lot about the Maya and about the nature, and it was totally worth it. Also the stop at the cave on the way there, and the waterfalls on the way back (where we could take a refreshing bath!) just made this day perfect.
The ruins are not the highest MAya things you can find in Central America, but they are high enough! And the climb on top of all of them is really great: you can see all the surrounding and take great pictures.

Thank nini_it
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Caracol was the most impressive ruins we visited in the Cayo. If you leave early enough, and don't have to go with the military convoy, you can actually have the whole place to yourself. Climbing Canaa with no one on the grounds is a pretty amazing experience. The wildlife is great too - we came across howler monkeys, oropendolas, and scorpions.

The big drawback of course is the road. I would suggest abusing your rental and trying to go a little faster than you're comfortable with (the last 9km are on a sweet paved road). However, there is another benefit of going early: you can plan other things in the Mountain Pine Ridge to look forward to (which will make your drive back more bearable). We were able to spend plenty of time at Caracol, went to Rio Frio Cave (and the small ones nearby), Rio On Pools, Five Sisters Falls, and got drinks at Gaia and Blancaneaux before our dinner at Montagna. It was one of the best days of our trip - packed full of activities and you'll sleep really well that evening.

2  Thank William_Walker24
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Caracol Mayan ruins were quite a surprise to my travel companions and I. We had been traveling around CA and saw other sites but were quite impressed by the massive size of the structures. They are remarkably well restored and we were allowed to climb almost all of them-a real workout!! Our guide, Edwin was from Maya Walk tour company-he was wonderful and Maya Walk is a top notch group to work with. We were also treated to a Howler Monkey territorial dispute-we felt like we were in Jurassic Park!!

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We really enjoyed wandering around and climbing to the top of the various Mayan structures at this archealogical site that is still being explored by teams uncovering new areas here. It's a fairly large set of ruins already with the main structure 'sky temple' still being the tallest man made structure in Belize. We climbed to the top of that one and several others as we wandered around the grounds.
The gravel roads back to the ruin are a bit rough and it does take a few hours to get there. You must check in at a military check point at 9:30AM and technically should have an escort, but we followed another vehicle of a guided tour so they let us proceed. Get there early and if you have time, there is a cave nearby that you can explore for 20-30 minutes before heading back to the checkpoint.
There are armed guards at the site although they were very relaxed and friendly. I guess there's been some issues a few years back with people from Guatemala coming across the border and stealing artifacts. Per the guards, there are several families of howler monkeys that live in the area and they are very loud and may scare some kids so although difficult to see since they sit high in the trees, its best to explain what the noise is.
Check in at the front office and pay the entrance fee. We went on a Sunday so there were not very many other tourists there and the gift / snack shop wasn't open. There are no other places to buy any food or drink so you do have to bring your own picnic lunch and dont forget to bring plenty of water. There are several very nice covered areas with picnic tables as well as grassy lawns at the entrance / parking area.
We did also see the encampment of the current archeological group although no one was there on a Sunday.
On the way back out, we also stopped in at a swimming area on the river with natural pools to cool off and past the last check point we stopped in for a drink at the malfunction junction bar.

1  Thank Karen294
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