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Caracol Day Trip & Water Fall from San Ignacio

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    What to Expect
    After a 7 a.m. hotel pickup in San Ignacio, board your comfortable minivan or SUV for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Caracol, located within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. En route, stop for a swim at Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls, located on the Mountain Pine Ridge.

    Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot along a forest trail, where you’ll learn about regional flora and fauna as you take in the stunning scenery. Observe how the trees of this lowland tropical broadleaf rainforest have taken over, guarding the ancient mysteries of Caracol. You'll see where the Mayans once gazed at the stars, conducted their most sacred rituals, and plotted battles.

    Begin your tour at the visitor's center, which exhibits a number of artifacts from the site, including a recovered ceremonial altar. Your guide recounts the prehistory of peasants and nobles who built and used the courtyards, residences, and astronomical observatory within the complex. Around midday, enjoy a packed lunch before continuing your tour.

    View three plaza groups surrounding a central acropolis and two ball courts, along with a number of smaller structures. Visit one of Caracol’s largest buildings, a pyramid called Caana, which rises more than 140 feet (43 meters) above the forest floor.

    Your guide will point out the many hieroglyphic texts carved on stela, altars, and wall facades. Learn about the discovery of an ornately carved ball-court-marker, interpreted by archeologists as a claim of military victory over Tikal.

    At the end of your tour, board your coach for the return trip to San Ignacio with drop-off at your hotel around 5 p.m.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Cayo

    Traveler pickup is offered
    We offer free pick up for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels out of town, can pick up for an additional surcharge.
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off within San Ignacio Town
    • Entry/Admission - The Maya Ruins of Caracol
    • Entry/Admission - Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Box lunch
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop off outside of San Ignacio town limits
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please note: a minimum of 2 passengers is required in order for this tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund. Hotel pick up and drop off included is for hotels within San Ignacio town limits. For hotels outside of San Ignacio town, a surcharge applies.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Yes, there is a long and bumpy and winding road to get to Caracol. But so worth it! Leo kept us entertained the entire trip there and back. He imparted so much history of the area to us. Highly recommend this trip. Highly recommend Leo as a guide! There were only a handful of
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    GREAT archeological site. And MORE than that. First, we went in the rainy season and our driver/guide (Dimas) was an expert at negotiating the hills, mud, and ruts. Others had more problems but not OUR guy! The ruins are beautifully displayed and a good guide connects this site
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    We wanted to see some Mayan ruins that were a little off the beaten path. So we took a day trip to Caracol. Our guide, Leo, was very educated on the history of the ruins and their excavation. The experience was incredible and we were well taken care of with lunch provided. While
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    Leo and Marlin ensured we had a great time and learned a lot on this trip. If there is a down side, it is a long, rough ride to Caracol. If one gets carsick (we had a full 12 passenger van) it might not be your thing. On the other hand, these ruins are spectacular and both
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    Just got done with the trip and it was perfect. Was our first time going to Caracol and we were blown away. They were a bit late picking us up due to a traffic incident, but our guide Leo more than made up for it with excellent driving (the road isn't nearly as bad as people
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    By: Belize Family Adventure
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    Cindy M
    296
    Very beautiful historical Mayan area
    Yes, there is a long and bumpy and winding road to get to Caracol. But so worth it! Leo kept us entertained the
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    TravelBugg94
    10
    Great experience!
    Me and a group of my friends (5 total) booked the excursion and enjoyed ourselves! Pick-up/drop off was smooth, we
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    Cindy M
    296
    This was a highlight of our holiday!
    We checked in for our tour at the Plaza Hotel on Burns Street the day before as we had booked through TripAdvisor
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    Y6348SJcarols
    20
    Educational and entertaining
    The trip was well organized (despite the pace being busy delays were minimal) and the guides were knowledgeable
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    cgmacd
    West Bloomfield, Michigan
    73
    Amazing Tikal Tour!
    We loved visiting Tikal! The ride to get there is a little long but we enjoyed the scenery and learning about the
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    Aaron S
    10
    Great Visit!
    This was a great visit! The combination of caves and the history is fantastic! The directions the tour guides
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    Erika E
    143
    Great excursion- organization needs work
    The excursion was outstanding! A great time was had by all. Aside from that, the booking company seriously needs
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    MarcVanBaar
    Charleston, South Carolina
    2918
    Amazing combination of nature and culture
    I have seen many countries and Unique places, but this is in my top ten of all time. A 40 minute hike through the
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    Monaghanchase
    Glendale
    20
    Horrible
    Well let’s start with they were 3.5 hours late. Trip advisor said email them which I did multiple times, still
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    tinaxfile
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    10
    Super Adventurous Highly recommend
    Its a must do if you like to be thrilled and scared. Make sure you have closed toe shoes that can be used in
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    sparkydog2019
    Los Angeles, California
    20
    Horrible service
    Well now 8:26 am and they were supposed to pick me up at 8:00 am. Now I am not sure if they are ever going to
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    MarcVanBaar
    Charleston, South Carolina
    2918
    Superb, temples, palaces, monkeys
    You may remember seeing these temples in Star Wars: A New Hope. We enjoyed Tikal a lot. Be aware that this is a
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    Maestroricardo
    51
    The magnificent ruins AND the animals
    GREAT archeological site. And MORE than that. First, we went in the rainy season and our driver/guide (Dimas) was
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    CieraDrake
    30
    Unforgettable Amazing Experiences!
    We had so many unforgettable experiences with Belize Family Adventures! We went on 3 tours with them, Crystal
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    Vivian D
    Pinebluff, NC, United States
    63
    Amazing Experience at Actun Tunichil Muknal
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