Caracol & Cayo District

Caracol & Cayo District, photo by Charlemagne
Caracol & Cayo District (photo by Charlemagne)
 

Cayo district is located in the central inland region of Belize and is known for its Mayan ruins, caves, tropical jungles, and extensive river system. The main town and travel hub is San Ignacio, which has its own attractions.

Cayo District includes Caracol a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located about 24 miles (40 km) south of San Ignacio.

It also includes several cave systems. The best known is Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Mayan sacrificial burial site near San Ignacio that is contained entirely within a cave system, with access involving of climbing over rocks and swimming through water, creating an unusual adventure.

Cayo District also has several rivers that are popular for tubing and other activities.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
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Acropolis Maya Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, Acropolis Maya Hotel offers accommodation in San Ignacio. A TV with satellite channels is provided. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 70 guest reviews: 7.2/10.

$11

 
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Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours

Surrounded by tropical gardens, Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and bright accommodation with free Wi-Fi and wonderful garden views. San Ignacio town is 2.5 km away. Average score from 156 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$62

 
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Vanilla Hills Lodge

Vanilla Hills Lodge offers spacious bungalows located in the lush tropical jungle outside of San Ignacio. It is a short walk from the Mopan River and offers free Wi-Fi and parking. Average score from 98 guest reviews: 9.8/10.

$140

 
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Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge is set in tropical rainforest next to Macal River, 12 km from San Ignacio town. This eco-friendly lodge offers rustic-style bungalows with garden views and free WiFi. Average score from 55 guest reviews: 9.5/10.

$155

 
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San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Just a 5-minute drive from the Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, San Ignacio Resort Hotel offers an outdoor pool, an spa and fantastic jungle views. The Green Iguana Conservation Project is based on site. Average score from 36 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$204

 
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See all hotels in Caracol & Cayo District.
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Casa del Caballo Blanco

Casa del Caballo Blanco

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Casa del Caballo Blanco offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Ignacio. Free private parking is available on site. Certain units feature a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$61

$619.7
Rainforest Haven Inn

Rainforest Haven Inn

Rainforest Haven Inn is located in the heart of San Ignacio, Belize. It offers the guests free WiFi access, terraces and has a shared kitchen fully equipped. Average score from 213 guest reviews: 9.1/10.

$54

 
$549.1
Rumors Resort Hotel

Rumors Resort Hotel

Rumors Resort Hotel features free Wi-Fi, free public parking and children's playground. The air-conditioned rooms have balcony or patio. They offer cable-TV and private bathrooms with shower. Average score from 88 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$75 - $70

 
$758.9
Martha's Guesthouse

Martha's Guesthouse

Featuring free WiFi, Martha's Guesthouse offers accommodation in San Ignacio. Free private parking is available on site. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is featured. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$80

 
$808.8
Martha's Inn

Martha's Inn

Featuring free WiFi, Martha's Inn offers accommodation in San Ignacio. Average score from 73 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$85

$858.8
Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours

Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours

Surrounded by tropical gardens, Maya Mountain Lodge & Tours offers an outdoor pool, a restaurant and bright accommodation with free Wi-Fi and wonderful garden views. San Ignacio town is 2.5 km away. Average score from 156 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$62

 
$628.7
HomeHill Apartments/Vacation Rentals

HomeHill Apartments/Vacation Rentals

Located in San Ignacio, HomeHill Apartments/Vacation Rentals offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi. Guests benefit from balcony. Free private parking is available on site. A microwave and a toaster can be found in the kitchen. Average score from 213 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$65

$658.7
Sanpopo Cottage

Sanpopo Cottage

Sanpopo Cottage offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Ignacio. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on site. There is a seating area and a kitchenette complete with an oven, a toaster and a fridge. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$75

$758.7
Villa Maya

Villa Maya

Villa Maya offers accommodation in San Ignacio. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$80

$808.7
Iguana Yard

Iguana Yard

Offering a sun terrace, Iguana Yard is located in Bullet Tree Falls, 5 km from San Ignacio. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. Each unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$55

$558.5
Rawspa

Rawspa

Located in the outskirts of San Ignacio, only 9 minutes’ drive from the centre, Rawspa offers its guests free WiFi access on site. The functional accommodation has a rustic style and features wooden furniture and construction. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$60

 
$608.5
Aguada Hotel and Restaurant

Aguada Hotel and Restaurant

Featuring free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool, Aguada Hotel and Restaurant offers pet-friendly accommodation in Santa Elena. Average score from 19 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$63

 
$638.4
Rolson Hotel

Rolson Hotel

Conveniently located a short walk from downtown San Ignacio, Rolson Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and free WiFi access. Average score from 34 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$69

 
$698.4
River Lane Cottage

River Lane Cottage

Set amidst lush tropical greenery, River Lane Cottage offers accommodation in Santa Familia. Free private parking is available on site. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 21 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$75

$758.4
Bullet Tree Riverside Cabanas

Bullet Tree Riverside Cabanas

Situated in Bullet Tree Village near San Ignacio Town, Bullet Tree Riverside Cabanas, formerly Cohune Palms features a garden and sun terrace. The accommodation has a seating area. Each unit is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Average score from 20 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$77

 
$778.4
Cocopele Inn

Cocopele Inn

Cocopele Inn offers pet-friendly accommodation in San Ignacio. Some rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. Cocopele Inn features free WiFi . A TV with cable channels is available. Average score from 33 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$54

 
$548.2
The Log Cab-Inn

The Log Cab-Inn

Set 6 minutes’ drive south from the town of San Ignacio, The Log Cab-Inn boasts facilities including an outdoor pool and a restaurant on site. Average score from 21 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$90

 
$907.9

Highlighted Interests:

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Combination
Archeological Sites

Caracol

Long thought to be a tertiary center, it is now known that the site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. Specific ruins include Caracol, Cahal Pech, and Xunantunich.
Natural
Caves

Cayo

This region has many caves. The most famous is Actun Tunichil Muknal. This is a Mayan sacrificial burial site near San Ignacio. The site is contained entirely within a cave system, and access to the relics is gained via some 500 metres of climbing over rocks, wading and swimming through water that is at times over 1.5 metres deep.
Other Interests:
Natural
Scenic Waterways
Tropical Forests

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