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Caracol, Cayo

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Admire the artistry and scale of the country's largest Mayan archaeological site, Caracol. Now surrounded by dense jungle, this was once one of the most important and powerful Mayan cities, covering an area of 177 sq km (68.3 sq mi) with a population of around 100,000 people. The site today includes 53 carved stone monuments, and numerous tombs and burial sites, all linked up by well-signposted trails through the jungle rich in wildlife. Head to the visitor center to plan your route through the old city, and to learn about the history of the buildings and contemporary issues in excavation and archaeology. Plan to visit Caracol during your Cayo vacation using our convenient Cayo trip planner .
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  • We came there again to bring our sister (SIL for me) there, but also for us. Though the ride is rough (2.5 hours of non paved roads, many holes, drive mindfully and bring a 4x4 or a high clearance veh...  more »
  • You have to drive 2.5 hours to get there on bad road, but i can guarantee you will not be disappointed.  more »
  • If you're into history, then don't miss Caracol! Great piece of history, preserved and protected by proud Belizean Mayans.  more »
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  • This place was so awesome. I have been to many ruins, and this place felt special. Howler monkeys set the scene as we explored the ruins and tried to imagine what life was like 1000 years ago. It was definitely worth the drive. Don’t miss it.
  • It was GIGANTIC! So much to see. I’d recommend taking a tour here unless you like some intense off roading though.
  • This place is unbelievable!! The ruins are amazing!! Rent a car with a full tank of gas and plan for an all day experience. Leave early from San Ignacio around 7, because the road is rough and during the rainy season, at times can be really muddy. Pack your lunch and plenty of water and enjoy. The drive is through beautiful jungle and you will generally see wildlife on the way.
  • Great ruins with a lot of culture. Get a tour guide to make the most of it.
  • We visited this on a staff trip. The drive is spectacular running from town through the quaint villages and into the mountains, through pine forests, over the Macal River and into beautiful jungle. The road is gravel and rough but that's the adventure. The ruins are impressive and extensive, the remains of a powerful city. From atop the Kaana, the views are virtually undisturbed jungle for miles. The facilities were very well kept and the rangers helpful and familiar. Definitely will go again. Recommended 100%
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