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San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

1. San Ignacio: Caracol Maya Ruins & Waterfall Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup at 7:30 AM from San Ignacio and travel 1.5 hours to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Upon arrival walk for 10 minutes until you reach the Rio Frio Cave. After exploring this small cave, drive to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve located nearby.  Explore the ruins of Caracol, which was the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. While travelling to this location, enjoy a stunning scenery of the flora and fauna. Walk along the trails and paths that were once traversed by nobles and citizens of the Mayan empire.  Explore the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize on a 3-hour guided tour. Learn about the size of the former city, as well as the various religious rituals performed in the temples. Climb some of the structures and learn about the important archaeological discoveries of the site. Enjoy a local lunch followed by a visit to the Rio on Pools or Big Rock Waterfalls. Swim in the refreshing waters to cool off after a day of exploring, and be returned to San Ignacio at approximately 5:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Caracol Natural Monument Reservation

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Like the ATM Cave, visiting Caracol is a must do experience while in Belize! It is such a privilege and opportunity to see Mayan Ruins like this and to learn about their culture. It is a long, bumpy drive but it was worth it. We also got to see the beautiful Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools, and Big Rock Falls on the way back but it was drizzling and we decided not to swim. Our guide, Leo, was so kind and knowledgeable - I'd want to go on any tour with him! My husband and I had a great time and we were sad to see the day end. My husband said this was actually his favorite day on our trip to Belize.

Francisco showed us a great time in San Ignacio. He picked us up from our hotel and drove us out to Caracol pointing out interesting sights along the way. We stopped at a cave, climbed many Mayan ruins, dove off some cliffs by a waterfall, and enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch. A busy day that exceeded everyone’s expectations. I particularly appreciated our guide Francisco’s knowledge of both ancient Mayan history and the general area. Next time we are in San Ignacio we will be using the same tour company “Belize Caving Expeditions” and requesting Francisco.

Caracol is an absolute MUST see when you are in Belize. Compared to the other Mayan Ruins, it is much harder to get to and therefore almost completely free of tourists. When we went, there were probably only 30 people in the entire park so we were able to explore freely and got to take photos unencumbered with other tourists in the background. It was beautiful! In addition, our tour guide, Cisco, was amazing! He stayed late to show us around to other sites, including a waterfall that wasn't originally scheduled. It was incredible

Its a long bumby drive, but worth the trip. Its a big site, alot too see and you can climb on all of them. The vieuws on top are amazing. The swim after is refreshing and a lovely location, could stayed longer there

Such a great excursion! Very educational and doable even for our kids. Highly recommend