We wanted to drive to Caracol on our own so that we could stop along the way and take our time. Big mistake. First of all, the roads are not well marked or maintained, so even in our 4 wheel SUV, the trip was bumpy.
Secondly, the area is rumored to be unsafe. Supposedly, a group of Guatemalans have been robbing people at Caracol, so there is now an armed escort to take groups around. However, no one knows when the armed escort runs, so if you go on your own, you may not have the escort to protect you.
We ended up not stopping at Caracol because we missed the armed escort, but on the way we stopped by Rio falls and Rio cave and that was very nice. We also stopped by Francis Ford Coppola's lodge, which was beautiful.
Again, if you plan on visiting Caracol, take a tour bus. The ride is long and the road is rough.
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