Caracol, the Snail, is an ancient Maya archaeological site with a detailed history; the area was settle about 900 B.C and survived to the end of the classic period at 900 A.D. Caracol is located in the Chiquibul National Park in the Cayo District of Belize, approximately 50 miles from San Ignacio on a dirt road.
Discovered in 1937, Caracol is the largest Maya site in Belize that was once home to about 150,000 people. Caracol has enormous temples with “Caana” or “Sky Place” being the largest.
This extremely massive temple is the tallest man made structure in Belize, which rises over 140 ft. From the top you can enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding natural beauty of Belize.
Though located deep within the Chiquibul National Park it is definitely worth the long trip. The drive to the site allow you to have a glimpse of couple villages and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Where many wildlife creatures such as the jaguars and ocelots roam, on the way back there is a opportunity to visit Rio Frio cave and swim at Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls.
For this amazing adventure you will want to bring along a camera, bug spray, sun block, hat, hiking shoes, shades, canteen, water shoe in case of swimming, swim wear, lots and lots of energy! Enjoy!
Caracol Mayan Ruins Tour leave San Ignacio: 7:30AM