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El Pilar

San Ignacio Town Cayo District | 12 Miles Northwest of San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
+501 621-0312
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We were there by ourselves - walking through the unrestored ruins makes you feel like you've just... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
douglaskirchner07
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Ghent, New York
Undisturbed mayan temples in the jungle

These temples haven't been excavated so it's a more subtle temple visit. It's great though because... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2018
Sue C
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San Ignacio Town Cayo District | 12 Miles Northwest of San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there by ourselves - walking through the unrestored ruins makes you feel like you've just stumbled upon a find. Very peaceful and memorable. Not a restored site -

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Reviewed 31 January 2018 via mobile

These temples haven't been excavated so it's a more subtle temple visit. It's great though because you are in the jungle, no one else is there, lots of important traditional plants and chances to see wildlife especially birds and monkeys and understand more about the...More

1  Thank Sue C
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Anabel-2013, other at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Great to know the Magic of El Pilar persists!!

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Reviewed 7 December 2017

We rented an ATV from Midas and drove to El Pilar on our own. The last 7 miles are on a dirt bumpy road. The ruins require lots of imagination, as most of them are still uncovered, but that adds to the magic of the...More

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Anabel-2013, Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2017

El Pilar is all about imagination, our info boards give you hints as to how to imagine the palaces and plazas. The northern Plaza Jobo and the Tzunuun house site give you a sense of the architecture.

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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

I decided to walk into El Pilar myself since no tour companies were doing any tours when I was there and taxis didn’t want to take me. It was a very enjoyable 2 hour hike in and out of the site about 7 miles each...More

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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

What a wonderful alternative story! So sad to know no taxis, this is a treasure as you know. But imagine how much more you could see if you are able to traverse all the trails? Are you interested in joining the field project? We have...More

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

I'm really glad we came here. We were the first people to sign into the guest log for a week. We had the whole place to ourselves. The road to get here is 7 miles of bumpiness, so I would not come here without a...More

Thank Jessica A
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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

You caught the magic... and 7 miles of bumpy opens a whole new world!

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Reviewed 14 June 2017

It is a huge site, although not much exploration has been done here. There are several large plazas that have been cut free of vegetation and there are walking trails that are clear. But the place is huge - you will be blown away by...More

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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

You experienced Archaeology Under the Canopy. We have been working there since 1992! With huge sites, you proceed with caution and restoration is not the aim, authenticity of experience and discovery on your own! I think you appreciate it.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017

This site is still being excavated so not too much is out in the open. The trail we went on was pretty intense. Of course it was 100° F at the time so that didn't help. The trail is pretty hilly so expect to get...More

1  Thank Lori S
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Anabel-2013, Director of El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Yes indeed the road is part of the adventure, and the site viewed in the mystery under the canopy is evocative.

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

a hidden gem west of San Ignacio, a recently discovered Mayan ruin pretty much being excavated now.... Jungle path is not for the weak or timid, requires stamina.... workers there are helpful, cost $5 US to go in. The jungle walk shows you the depth...More

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Anabel-2013, El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

Rediscovered in 1983, researched in depth starting 1993, established protected contiguous reserves in Belize and Guatemala by 1998, and developed into a bi-nationally protected space by 2005, El Pilar is a gem and yes the road is an adventure... we have hopes.

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Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I were driving around, looking for an afternoon adventure when we saw the sign for El Pilar. We took the 7 mile road up to this amazing discovery. The road is rough, but a 4x4 will make it. When we arrived, the...More

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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Indeed Archaeology Under the Canopy is our brand! We would like to see the road improved, but it is only 7 miles!

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of riding horses to this ancient site. This site has only been partially excavated but has a lookout where you can see a breathtaking view of Guatemala. It is a long ride on the horses but we survived. Cruise ship tours...More

Thank Ronnie R
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Anabel-2013, Director, El Pilar arcaeological program at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

What a fantastic way to arrive at El Pilar, we need to revive the old trails that take in the off road countryside!

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ellen50veryown
7 February 2018|
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Response from Boleslav | Reviewed this property |
If you talk to the tour operators, they will be able to help you set something us. we stayed at Midas and rented their ATV, drove ourselves, but the road was not that great back in November. I talked to couple taxi drivers... More
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Nathania O
25 April 2015|
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Response from Anabel-2013 | Property representative |
Sorry to take so much time to answer I only now discovered that there was an area of questions! Visitation is growing as people discover the unique qualities of Archaeology Under the canopy... a very different experience... More
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Kjd Ð
27 March 2015|
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Response from Eivor B | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the above, keep it the way it is so it does not get ruined (no pun intended!) by tourists.
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