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Caracol Mayan Ruins

#3 of 70 things to do in Cayo Features Animals
65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
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USD 120.00*
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Caracol Day Trip from San Ignacio
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Caracol Maya Ruins Tour Including Rio On Pools, Rio Frio Cave and a Picnic Lunch
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This 30-acre complex is the largest Mayan ruin in Belize.
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  • Very good16%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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“mayan ruins” (56 reviews)
65 km (40 mi) south of San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We saw black howler monkeys and the ruins are amazing! highly recommend bringing a 60 zoom camera and high quality binoculars for watching the monkeys and birds!

Thank Dianne H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is pretty awesome. There is a great deal to see. It is a bit of a distance which helps I think with keeping crowds down. Not over developed.

Thank underthepines
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiring a tour guide to drive, provide lunch, and give info about the ruins turns this venturesome activity into a moderately easy day trip. We rented a car for the week, but still chose this option. The road is rough, but we never needed 4x4....More

Thank jenniferthomas
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

The name is given to these ruins because you have to go slow on the road and it take so long to get there. It's in a remote area in cayó and it's is huge site. I give it a 3 star because it takes...More

Thank carinalavin
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Highly recommend Caracol. We had the place practically to ourselves. When we arrived (we drove) there was a total of 6 vehicles. At the end, there were 9 vehicles. So that tells you that it's off the beaten path and not many visitors. We read...More

Thank richallen97225
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We wanted to go here based upon the reputation of being the largest ruins in Belize and boasting the tallest man-made structure in the country. It is a long ride there, but it really is worth it. It can be a little rough and washboards...More

Thank julesbergjones
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Be ready for an exceptionally long drive. For those familiar with bad unpaved pitted roads, which we found in many places, this unpaved road was not that bad, although i'm sure it could be very bad when it rains. The ruins are quite large and...More

Thank MWG12
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Before we went on our trip, I did a little research on the various Mayan Ruins tours available through our hotels. I decided Caracol was definitely where I wanted to go because they were the largest and looked impressive. It was a very rough ride...More

4  Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Pros: - lots of history - lots to see - you get to climb on everything Cons: - the road there is very, very bumpy. if you get motion sick, I would not recommend - there is a military checkpoint you have to check in...More

2  Thank kcyho
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I took a tour (through PACZ - see separate review). The ride out there was 2.5 hours ish on a mix of paved and bumpy dirt roads. The ride out there isn't great but it wasn't crowded so maybe the distance keeps it free from...More

1  Thank Philip M
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Hi does anyone know the cheapest way to see these ruins (from San agnatio)?
24 May 2017|
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Response from Jesse B | Reviewed this property |
Tour prices vary but we spent $120 and got a guide. We don't normally pay for a guide but it was DEFINITELY worth it!
Jennie B
I am planning on going in July, just myself and another female. Is the convoy necessary or can you make the drive alone? We are renting a jeep and I grew up driving on logging roads in WA state. Also, is the waterfall stop on the way clearly marked and/or easy to find?
5 March 2017|
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Response from KasiaLindhorst | Reviewed this property |
You can drive on your own, but I would advise booking a guide to take you or go with you. It is fairly inexpensive and they are super knowledgeable about the customs, the roads (they can get flooded in a heartbeat and are... More
Mary Jo B
Hi, Mary Jo. What would you like to know about this attraction? I want to see Caracol, Rio Frio Cave, Rio Frio on the Pools, Big Rock Falls all in one day. The tour companies exclude Big Rock Falls from the itinerary. Is there any way after my tour can I go see Big Rock Falls on my own without paying to get into the park again?. How long does it take to get there from the entrance? Thank you, Cricket
15 February 2017|
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Response from Jarko2015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not entirely sure, as the Big Falls wasn't on the itinerary I booked, nor in fact, was it ever mentioned! But... I think you'll find your guides very helpful and willing. There were only 3 of us on our tour and I imagine... More