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“Excellent look at the Indian history on the island”

Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Ranked #22 of 44 things to do in San Pedro
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Owner description: A 2000 year old Mayan Archaeological Reserve. A jungle experience while touring this almost "virgin" site. No temples here. But the recent clearing of the house sites will give you a sense of the life of the Maya Traders.
Reviewed 23 January 2014

Nothing fancy. Don't expect too much. It's a look at the island which few know about. It's not a monstrous, fancy, developed ruin site but I really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 27 December 2013

We stumbled across this site and went to it. It is very very new and we did a self guided tour. It is located at the south end of the island. They have laminated interesting facts for you to see.

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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

Doesn't seem to be much going on there since the initial excavation. There was no one at the site to give a tour which might have made it more interesting. You are best to call ahead if that's what you want things are marked but the first couple just look like little dirt hills. As far as bugs i brought repellant but didn't need it as the light breeze seemed to fend them off. I walked to the site from Pedro's in town and it's about 19km return. Easy walk on a cloudy day but if it's wet there are lots of puddles south of town. It wasn't a bad way to waste the morning and get out of town.

1  Thank Derrick7
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

This is not your typical tourist site. After a 40 minute golf cart drive down a sandy road you feel like you are on an adventure, definitely off the beaten path. This site has amazing things to see. After walking the board walk trail with the very informative guide that monitors the site we started to see broken Mayan pottery and tools that the Maya used just laying on the ground. We were shown a jaw bone with a tooth still attached and a femur bone. Mosquito repellant needed but very interesting.

Thank Galiano22
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

We are really, really glad we went here. It's way off the beaten path - the golf cart ride is slow and treacherous - but that was part of the adventure! We didn't have much gumption to leave the Caye during our vacation, so we appreciated getting a taste of the jungle on the mainland. That being said, be prepared - don't wear swimwear! We were a little under-prepared. The next time we go we will definitely wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, a hat/bandana, and shoes with good traction. Bring bug spray and water! It's hotter at the site than in the open air, no breeze. Watch out for bugs, slippery footing, and poisonwood trees. The boardwalk is a little treacherous, but again - adventure! We would recommend a tetanus shot before you go (we're not being sarcastic) and honestly, I kind of wished I would've taken the malaria pills after I got several mosquito bites (but I'm in the clear and malaria is really rare on Ambergris). We were attacked by tiny, aggressive ants - watch out for those, the bites sting and they are persistent!

But it was awesome! Crazy to be in such an untouched, primitive site, walking through pottery shards and ancient conch shells. The interpretation signs are coming along. Try to get a tour from the caretaker if possible. We ran into him in the site - he was wielding a machete - we were glad to find him and also realize he wasn't a machete wielding bandit, but the caretaker (haha). He gave us a personal tour that was invaluable. Make sure to pay your fee to visit - and donate extra if you can - this is a rare site and one that should be safely developed. Your donation will help that! This was one of our favorite things that we did - be prepared, have a mind for adventure, and go enjoy!

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