I went to Tikal last year when I was in Guatemala so visiting Mayan ruins was not a new experience for me. These are pretty similar so are probably not as exciting for someone who has already seen Tikal but definitely cool for someone who has never seen them. Having seen both, I would say that this was an equally interesting experience for me. These ruins are not as fully excavated and you are mostly walking through the grass/woods to get to the ruins, whereas Tikal is catered more to tourists with the paths. For me, having it closer to its natural state is what made this a great experience. There weren't as many people as at Tikal so you could visit without having hoards of other people diminishing the experience for you or cluttering your pictures. I went with Luis from Belize Nature Travel, and he was very good, attentive and very knowledgeable but you could definitely drive yourself and check it out and appreciate it without a tour guide. Of course, with a tour guide, you get a much more in-depth history of the ruins so I guess it depends on whether you truly enjoy history or if you just think it would be cool to see and photograph (or you're on a strict budget).
It was fun climbing the pyramids and some of the carvings here were very interesting. There were a ton of butterflies in the park but not much else in terms of wildlife--there was a lot more at Tikal. Getting to Caracol was an adventure in and of itself because the roads were quite terrible but having a guide who is experienced at navigating the roads helps a lot.If you are interested at all in Mayan culture or have never seen Mayan pyramids, this is definitely a must-see if you are in Belize.
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