Things to do in Cayo

Top Things to Do in Cayo

Things to Do in Cayo

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  • CatherineBH
    San Diego, CA275 contributions
    This Mayan temple was only 5 minutes from our hotel. My husband and I dropped by at noon mid-May on our first full day in San Ignacio and Belize. We thought that this was a good way to get acquainted with the Mayan culture. I read that it was a small ruin so we didn’t hire a guide. There is a small museum which was educational. It was well worth the visit if you have time. My only recommendation is to go early in the morning before it gets too hot.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • CatherineBH
    San Diego, CA275 contributions
    We did a tour 3 weeks ago while we were in San Ignacio. The Green Iguana Conservation Project was established in 1996 to protect the threatened Green Iguanas. It is located in the beautiful San Ignacio Resort. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learned about the incubation, hatching, rearing, and releasing process. My husband and I were the only ones in the tour which was special since we had more quality time and experience with the guide and the iguanas. Highly recommend for families and a great learning experience for kids.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • CatherineBH
    San Diego, CA275 contributions
    Our hotel is only 7 miles from Xunantunich archeological site, which is a unique Mayan ceremonial center. We were hesitant to go at first since we were tired from yesterday’s ATM adventure, and it was 99 degrees out. This is Belize dry season and hottest month.
    To get to the Mayan Ruin, we had to take our rental car in a hand-cranked ferry. The people operating the ferry were very nice and helpful. We were glad that we went since it was a unique Mayan ceremonial center and larger than we imagined. We were able to climb the different structures. We walked up the El Castillo Pyramid which rises 130 feet above the main plaza. It offers an impressive panoramic view of the Mopan Valley.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • ShomiS69
    Los Angeles, CA166 contributions
    easily accessed and cool with potential for adventuring deeper - walking distance from Jaguar paw and Caves branch resort
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • ajnavy04
    Denver, CO212 contributions
    This is the main market in San Ignacio. There is quite a bit of grocery food and day to day clothing available here for the locals. There are also some decent tourist/souvenir shops to visit. I spent about 45 minutes or so here, I wouldn't stay much longer than that.
    Written 15 November 2021
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  • nicole
    5 contributions
    Exhilarating and stenosis adventure. This trip was one of the most memorable experiences I have had. You really need to wear shoes that you can walk in water with and swim in. You will be climbing rocks, traversing a river 3 times and basically totally wet all day. Just be prepared and you will love it. If you were going to walk upstream in a river for a mile and climb a bunch of rocks; what would you wear? Wear that.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • buenoabogado
    San Diego, CA428 contributions
    We took a canoe down the river from Mystic River Resort and spent a few hours around the Gardens - they handed us a very big self-guided tour book which was helpful. A tour might have been nice to do, but ambling about was what we wanted to do that day. Lunch at Sweet Songs was pretty good before we paddled back. It was a nice day.
    Written 22 June 2022
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  • Rosemerry T
    7 contributions
    Rose was a knowledgable, friendly guide who took us into the cave and led us and our tubes through the water (relatively warm) and told us stories about the land, how the cave was formed and used. A peaceful way to explore a cave!
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Pam Keenan
    7 contributions
    Amazing morning ziplining through the jungle with highly experienced and very fun guides. Totally exhilarating, even for the novices with us! Then spent the next couple of hours with Roberto cave tubing through some of the most beautiful caves I have ever seen. Long low ceilinged tunnels opening into limestone cathedral caverns of soaring heights. Incredible rock formations of amazing variety given they all formed in the same environment. And Roberto was such a wonderful guide. So informative about the flora and fauna on the way to the cave entrance, local traditions and superstitions, and the caves themselves. If you visit Belize, don't miss this entirely unique and breathtaking experience. And be sure to insist on Roberto as your guide!!
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • CatherineBH
    San Diego, CA275 contributions
    We decided to venture out of San Ignacio on our own to visit Caracol, the largest Maya archaeological site in Belize. Caracol was the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands of ancient time and is located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in the Maya Mountains. The drive from San Ignacio to Caracol is around 2.5 hrs. Glad that we rented an AWD SUV since most of the road in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is unpaved and some areas are rocky & narrow. It’s amazing to see Pine Trees in tropical region.

    It was a long, tiring day but well worth the drive. Caracol is spectacular and huge area. There were a handful of people when we arrived. The place was almost empty. If you decide to go, make sure that you are at the checkpoint to enter Caracol before noon or the guard will not let you go in. Bring lots of cold water/drinks and food for snack since there are no place to buy anything.
    Written 12 June 2022
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  • Sarah Torgrimson
    San Diego, CA9 contributions
    My friend and I rented a car (was supposed to be AWD, but we suspect it was just a rear wheel). We drove several miles out of town, followed signs along the way, and ended up having to hike the road for about 45 min each way because the road was washed out. The pine forest surprised us as we expected to be in the jungle. The view from the vista was beautiful. Recommend making sure you have a 4WD car before venturing there though!
    Written 16 May 2021
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  • Jay F
    2 contributions
    My daughter, her boyfriend and I explored the Crystal cave with Belize Inland Tours. Edgar was our extremely competent guide and driver, we had to be picked up and brought back to Hopkins. The hike to the cave is about 45 minutes mostly uphill, but is totally worth it. We were the only people there on the day we went. We saw amazing stalactites and stalagmites larger and more intricate than I could have imagined. Broken pottery was abundant from Mayan sacrifices. There was one piece of unbroken pottery which Edgar said was probably used for collecting water dripping from a stalactite. The Mayans believed this to be like holy water. There were also areas where the Mayans had fires and likely religious ceremonies. We also saw a human skull from a sacrifice.
    An amazing experience. I am very happy I chose this adventure instead of the ATM cave which I hear can be crowded with cruise line excursion groups.
    We also went swimming in Blue Hole a beautiful sinkhole with fresh water. We were quite sweaty after caving so it was perfect. And Edgar provided us with a delicious lunch of jerk chicken and rice and beans.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • TravelingFamilyTrip
    Chicago, IL180 contributions
    I found it really interesting to walk through this mostly unrestored and unexcavated site. It does have maintained trails that make it easy to walk through and around the ruins.

    Due to some crime in the vicinity, I was actually warned against going here by my hotel, and they said they have stopped doing birding tours in the area because of that crime for the time being. Due to that, I was the only visitor there that day (maybe that week!). Also due to the crime potential (it's very near the border with Guatemala is part of the problem, apparently), I was required to pay extra to have a guard or guide accompany me as I explored the site. The guy I was assigned was pretty new, so didn't have much factual information to offer, but he told me a bit about his experience as a ranger there.

    Also, when I left, they admonished me to not stop for anyone along the (bumpy, rough) road.

    I didn't have any problems, and am glad I got to see a different type of Maya site.
    Written 20 June 2021
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  • Roquita C
    Seattle, WA862 contributions
    This truly an Exceptional cave system! Please where long pants and hiking shoes that can get wet. The cave navigation requires crawling, swimming and waterfall rappelling. I do not recommend navigating this system alone!!! It is acceptable for children depending on their maturity. The tallest waterfall is perhaps 15 ft so
    They need to be able to trek and rappel that and listen to
    Guide instruction. I would
    Recommend Ian Anderson Cave Brand Tour Guides for this experience. Chico
    And his team
    Are highly experienced.
    Written 16 April 2016
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  • Todd M
    Sammamish, WA9 contributions
    The museum is interesting, with information about local species and some Mayan history. The most fun is the butterfly room where butterflies land on you and we learned about their breeding project.
    Written 6 May 2022
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