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El Pilar

| 12 Miles Northwest of San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
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NOT MUCH RESTORED

It is a huge site, although not much exploration has been done here. There are several large... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2017
rhk42
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North Carolina
Intense hike in the jungle

This site is still being excavated so not too much is out in the open. The trail we went on was... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2017
Lori S
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Clayton, North Carolina
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| 12 Miles Northwest of San Ignacio, San Ignacio, Belize
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Reviewed 14 June 2017

It is a huge site, although not much exploration has been done here. There are several large plazas that have been cut free of vegetation and there are walking trails that are clear. But the place is huge - you will be blown away by...More

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Reviewed 6 May 2017

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...More

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Anabel-2013, Director of El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

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

Reviewed 6 May 2017

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...More

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Anabel-2013, El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2017

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.

Reviewed 29 April 2017 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...More

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Anabel-2013, Archaeological Project Director at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

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

Reviewed 30 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...More

Thank Ronnie R
Anabel-2013, Director, El Pilar arcaeological program at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

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

Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Nagoolak
Reviewed 18 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 -...More

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Anabel-2013, Director of the archaeological project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

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

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...More

Thank MerCat58
Anabel-2013, Director of El Pilar Archaeological Project at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2017

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.

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...More

Thank ddbelize
Reviewed 29 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...More

Thank Michael V
Anabel-2013, Director of the archaeological research project at El Pilar at El Pilar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

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...More

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Nathania O
24 April 2015|
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Response from Anabel-2013 | Property representative |
Sorry to take so much time to answer I only now discovered that there was an area of questions! Visitation is growing as people discover the unique qualities of Archaeology Under the canopy... a very different experience... More
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Kjd Ð
26 March 2015|
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Response from Eivor B | Reviewed this property |
Agree with the above, keep it the way it is so it does not get ruined (no pun intended!) by tourists.
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