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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
My family of 6 and I rented a car from Matus Car Rental (Highly recommend) and drove to Caracol. We left San Ignacio at 7:10 in the morning and arrived at the military checkpoint around 9:10. The people at eh checkpoint told us we could...More
Interesting place to visit. Not that much to really see. The guide was informative though and did learn about the Mayan culture and history. Be prepared for the heat and humidity it's almost unbearable. Ensure plenty of sunscreen and take plenty of fluids to drink....More
Depending on where you are coming from, it's a quite an effort along a very bumpy road for a couple of hours or so - but well worth it.
We visited in April and there were only a handful of other visitors. It was incredibly...More
Recommend seeing this with a guide as you get a better experience knowing what you are looking at. Caracol is beautiful. We booked our tour with Maximum Adventure Tours, our guide John, was so knowledgeable about Mayan History and the jungle. We enjoyed learning about...More
A 50-mile drive that took three hours over dirt roads through Chiquibul National Park took us out of the modern world and into the ancient realm of Caracol, near the Guatemalan border. Our very knowledgeable local guide, Omar, spent about 3 hours guiding us through...More
The place is more remote and there are not so many tourists there. It takes ove 2 hours to reach it. It is beautiful and impressive but it is also relatively expensive (95 usd) and takes all day. If you have not that much time...More
So first off, know that your drive to Caracol will border on miserable. The roads are totally unpaved and are in really bad shape from so much rain this past year. However, maybe it keeps some of the tourists away as we practically had the...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