Awaken your inner archaeologist as you explore the sprawling Mayan ruins of Caracol. Departing from San Ignacio, you’ll journey deep into the jungles of Belize to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve — home to one of the largest Mayan sites in the country. Your expert guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Caracol, which was once a mighty city and a rival of neighboring Tikal in Guatemala. Explore magnificent plazas, temples, palaces, and an observatory while learning about the social and religious practices of the ancient Mayans. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included on this full-day tour.
Day trip to Caracol from San Ignacio
Take a guided tour of Caracol, situated within the protected Chiquibul Forest Reserve
Walk along a forest trail as you learn about the flora and fauna, and swim in rock pools en route
Discover ball courts, residential complexes and a complete astronomical observatory
Admire the magnificent Caana pyramid, topped by three temples
Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included
We had a really fabulous time on this tour. Our guide, Selwin, is of Mayan decent and is very knowledgeable and provided all kinds of great information. It takes over two hours to get to Caracol and the road is very bumpy but once out there, it's quiet and feels like a very authentic, rather than touristy, archaeological site. We were a little rushed at the end and did feel like we didn't have enough time at the largest buildings. The site closes at 2:00 and it's hard to fit everything in with the time allotted. The tour included a visit to a cave and swimming at a waterfall. Be sure to bring your swimming suit and and a towel. Pack bug spray and sunscreen as well.
Excellent tour. The guide was part of the excavation project in the '90's and had lots of excellent insight into the archaeology and history of the area. On the return trip, he was flexible on our visit to a local cave and the Rio on Pools swimming site. The driver provided the opportunity for a stop en-route, which was appreciated. The vehicle was clean and in good shape considering its arduous daily journey. The driver took his time with potholes, making for a very pleasant ride given the rough circumstances.
The pyramids were awesome but the tour guide didn't want to climb the pyramids so he sat at the bottom of them. Our vehicle broke disown and had to be scorted by the military to caracol, lucky for us the guide called and another vehicle was there within 2 hours