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El Pilar

a hidden gem west of San Ignacio, a recently discovered Mayan ruin pretty much being excavated now.... Jungle path is not for the weak or timid, requires stamina.... workers... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Clayton, North Carolina
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Clayton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is still being excavated so not too much is out in the open. The trail we went on was pretty intense. Of course it was 100° F at the time so that didn't help. The trail is pretty hilly so expect to get some good exercise. Be sure and bring water and snacks with you. The road to... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director of El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this review

Yes indeed the road is part of the adventure, and the site viewed in the mystery under the canopy is evocative. More 

Clayton, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

a hidden gem west of San Ignacio, a recently discovered Mayan ruin pretty much being excavated now.... Jungle path is not for the weak or timid, requires stamina.... workers there are helpful, cost $5 US to go in. The jungle walk shows you the depth of the jungle and what it must have been like to trek through the mountains... More 

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Anabel-2013, El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this review

Rediscovered in 1983, researched in depth starting 1993, established protected contiguous reserves in Belize and Guatemala by 1998, and developed into a bi-nationally protected space by 2005, El Pilar is a gem and yes the road is an adventure... we have hopes. More 

Alabama
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were driving around, looking for an afternoon adventure when we saw the sign for El Pilar. We took the 7 mile road up to this amazing discovery. The road is rough, but a 4x4 will make it. When we arrived, the manager gave us a quick tour using a map at the entrance. He showed us... More 

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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this review

Indeed Archaeology Under the Canopy is our brand! We would like to see the road improved, but it is only 7 miles! More 

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We had the pleasure of riding horses to this ancient site. This site has only been partially excavated but has a lookout where you can see a breathtaking view of Guatemala. It is a long ride on the horses but we survived. Cruise ship tours do not include this site; you can contact Hanna Stables for information on the trip... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director, El Pilar arcaeological program at El Pilar, responded to this review

What a fantastic way to arrive at El Pilar, we need to revive the old trails that take in the off road countryside! More 

Revelstoke
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

A little out of the way and if you don't have a rental vehicle you may have to ask a tour company to set up a separate package but we loved this ruin. The lack of crowds made it particularly enjoyable and the park staff were very accommodating and helpful.

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Chicago, IL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

The road to this site certainly had its challenges. Our driver was creative enough to use some roadside tree branches and clay to fill in ditches along the road to get us there. We were the only visitors at the site when we arrived - there was a total of five people that visited all day. There are 3 Park... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director of the archaeological project at El Pilar, responded to this review

It is the adventure of nature and culture that make the amazing El Pilar so remarkable More 

Manvel, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I would highly recommend having a guide with you, and also having a four-wheel drive vehicle in good condition, but El Pilar is worth the trip. The road is long, bumpy, and no recommended when there has been rain, but if you can get in and out, it is a beautiful site where you can imagine how the Mayans once... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director of El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this review

Not for the faint of heart, you were certainly rewarded and appreciated the diversity that is the Maya forest. Part of the adventure is the road, the fauna, and the arcahoelogy under the canopy! A place of peace and tranquility. More 

San Pedro, Belize
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

El Pillar is located along the Belize Guatemalan border in the Cayo District and it's a pretty remote destination. You are not going to find a ton of tourists hanging out at this place! If you want get an idea of what it may have been like for the Mayans who walked here centuries ago then visit this site. It's... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

If you want the real feeling of disco ring your own Mayan temples El Pilar is the place for you! After miles on a crazy but exciting muddy road (really the best 4 wheels driving that I ever done!) you arrive to the site to be welcome by a very friendly park ranger who seems very happy to see someone,... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director of the archaeological research project at El Pilar at El Pilar, responded to this review

Michael: You captured our idea about El Pilar! The intrepid adventurer will enjoy the experience from the arduous but only 7 mile road, the exploration of archaeology under the canopy, and the nature that abounds. We have excavated all over the site and are presently mapping the houses of the city that supported El Pilar more than one thousand years... More 

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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I recently visited El Pilar and had a wonderful adventure. Although the road to El Pilar was not paved it was drivable. The journey through the jungle was beautiful. Our vehicle experienced some brake problems on our way out and as we were accessing the problem someone stopped to help us. He got underneath the vehicle and figured out that... More 

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Anabel-2013, Director of archaeological research at El Pilar, responded to this review

What a great story to remind us we can feel far away with the nature and culture of the Maya forest, but support is always just around the corner. A break failure would l bring travel to a standstill, but the farmers who work along the El Pilar Road are very knowledgeable and your experience shows their willingness to share.... More 

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