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“Realistic expectations help you enjoy this site”

Marco Gonzalez Maya Site
Ranked #21 of 48 things to do in San Pedro
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Realistic expectations help you enjoy this site”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

As others have noted, this is an unexcavated site so you need some imagination--and lots of bug spray--as well as a willingness to explore lightly marked trails and just enjoy being there. The pottery shards, shells, and other artifacts around the site offer interesting clues about what life here would have been like, and the signs, although not plentiful, are helpful. The boardwalk through the mangroves, the poisonwood trees, and the large iguanas add an element of adventure that's refreshing after a few days in civilized San Pedro--and your admission fee goes to a good cause.

Visited April 2014
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San Pedro, Belize
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Marci Gonzalez should be seen before you go to Lamanai, Caracol, Tikal.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

Marci Gonzalez is great, but it is not an impressive giant pyramid. If fact there aren't tii many recognizable structures. There's plenty to see here, but you'll have to look. The flora and fauna are also very interesting. Bug Spray, Sun Screen, Long Sleeves.... These things will help you enjoy Marco Gonzalez.

Visited February 2014
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“What a gem”
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Read about it in Trip advisor and decided it was on our list of definite things to see on our trip there early April.

Happy Man at Tuff e Nuff tours called Jan for us and she was able to pick us up the very next day at our hotel, Corona del Mar. Jan is super friendly, knowledgeable and very eager to give tours of the Marco Gonzalez Maya site.

This is not your typical tourist scrubbed clean site. If you're looking for that this probably isn't for you. It is however an unbelievable look into the past first hand. There are pieces of pottery, shells and even some bones. All of which are literally under your feet as you walk. Pick them up, look at them, imagine life 1,000 years ago. But leave them of course. It's fun to see all the pieces others have found before you and where and how they display them. Like hiding Easter eggs.

The mosquitos are mean and abundant, so wear loose clothing and long sleeves/pants. I wore socks, and was happy I did. Bring water it's hot. A little preparation but so worth it. An amazing adventure into Mayan history.

Thank you Jan. Thank you for your knowledge, your time and your eagerness to educate the world. You're all doing a wonderful thing. Can't wait to visit on our next trip!
Diane, Brendan and our friends Becky and Scott.

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“Far but Nice”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Dont touch the trees, wear bug spray, wear long sleeves, good shoes, water, sunscrean. not very much but nice to see while you are there.

Visited March 2014
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“Don't waste your time.....”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Rode our bikes down on a Sunday from the resort. The 'office' is closed on Sundays but the site is open. Wandered down the path to the 'site'. You follow ribbons attached to trees and there are signs stating what was in a certain places and let me tell you, you have to have a very vivd imagination to actually think something was there. There is one excavated area where you can actually see some ruins but the rest of it is not worth the effort to get there or the bugs you have to deal with once there. We lathered up with bug spray and were still eaten alive. The area smelled like skunks and there are tons of poisonous trees as well. Left before seeing it all due to bugs and the fact that there wasn't really anything to look at. Save yourself the trip down and go see actual ruins rather than use your imagination ruins!

Visited March 2014
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