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The road to the ruins is a little bumpy, and we hit a top speed of about 20 miles an hour on the way in/out, but it was well worth the time. There were about 20 people total at the site with us, so we...More
MayaWalk Tours picked us up at Kane Villas which was right on the way to the site.
Caracol was awesome. Because it is so far into the jungle, it is less likely to have any crowd. No cruise ship tours can get there in time....More
Our day trip to Caracol was an exceptional experience and absolutely worth the bumpy, unpaved road to get there. So few tourists, and you can explore the ruins in peace without the lines at other equally stunning sites, like Tikal. The temples and observatory are...More
Caracol is a must for those wanting to learn more about Mayan history. A little off the beaten path but definitely worth the day spent there! The road wasn't that bad at all when we went- a typical dirt road. The site was beautiful and...More
Excavation in progress, but enough to cause more questions. The conquistadors destroyed most of their written history trying to convert them to Christianity. The Mayans were considered more religious than their Aztex cousins.
The excursion was worth the cost, but you will still leave with...More
These ruins are not over run by tourists, though very much worthwhile visiting. It's about 50 miles over a dirt road, approximately two hours, though so much better from the Disneyland atmosphere in Mexico.
We were in Belize last month and had rented a 4x4 vehicle specifically to do this trip. It was totally worth it. Yes, the road is pretty damn bad, and you will have to go relatively slowly in order to not damage the vehicle and...More
We really enjoyed the Caracol Ruins. We had a great personal guide who really knew his stuff. Make sure you get a guide because there is a ton of known history here. I loved being able to climb the ruins to really get a feel...More
Response from WonderingMomma | Reviewed this property |
Not only is taking a tour guide the safest way to get there and back, but the guides know the social, historical and architectural context of the ruins as well as a ton about the the wild life and indigenous plant life... More
Not only is taking a tour guide the safest way to get there and back, but the guides know the social, historical and architectural context of the ruins as well as a ton about the the wild life and indigenous plant life there. I found our guide to be almost as interesting as the ruins and he pointed out a few good places to stop on the way there and back.
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
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 you may find if you book a guide/tour, you'll also be a very small group, so... why not ask your guide and your fellow visitors if you can take in the falls? I am pretty sure my guide offered us an 'add on' trip, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was or why the three of us said no. It might cost you a few $BZ, but it's always worth asking. However, you most certainly do not want to do anything on your own in this area. It's not exactly dangerous, but it certainly isn't entirely safe. There are many, many military groups in the area doing exercises as well as being their to protect tourists. There were British, US and Dutch troops in significant numbers when I visited. They are there for a reason. Chat with your guide. See what they say. I'd bet they'd say yes. Cheers, Jarko