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Address: | 12 Miles Northwest of San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
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Great off the beaten path experience

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Manvel, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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San Pedro, Belize
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a rental car to get here and the first thing I would say is make sure your car is a jeep or something that can handle potholes and some seriously rough roads. When we arrived, we were a little disappointed that nothing except two mounds had just the tips excavated but if you have a good imagination, then... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Can someone recommend a guide for Feb at El Pilar who may also (but not necessarily) be familiar with birds? Will also visit Xunantunich on the same trip. Regret using the post to ask the question.

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

I suggest Joe Awe who knows birds and the history of El Pilar. joe@ninebelize.com El Pilar is a very special place and well worth the adventure! More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Yesterday we were in tikal which is well excavated today at El Pilar which is not excavated but with excellent signage. You need to use your imagination when u first get there to understand the site. But as you walk around you can see in your mind the plazas, the temples, the residences. There is a lookout atop a series... More 

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

El Pilar is a great contrast to Tikal -- but there is a difference between EXCAVATED and EXPOSED! We have conducted 10 years of focused excavation at the monuments of El Pilar and now are mapping the whole city. We are so pleased you saw the bumpy road as part of the experience. Think how close you are to the... More 

San Ignacio, Belize
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The site recently had a sort of re launch. The idea is to promote it as a trans border site that can help build bridges between people and countries, a great idea. This is a pristine site, with much of the forest still covering the structures, this also makes it unique and worth a visit.

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

We are delighted to imagine El Pilar as one resource tow nations! Honoring the culture and nature of the place. More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

El Pilar is not only a very nicely arranged archaeological park, it is also a great place to see the forest birds of Belize. These ruins are mostly unreconstructed, so when you follow the trail through the various mounds and courtyards, you get a taste of what it must be like to happen across a set of undiscovered ruins...except at... More 

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

Thank you for the bird list! Your appreciation for the values of archaeology under the canopy brings culture and nature together! More 

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