The Maya ruins of Caracol (Spanish for “snail”) are considered to represent the largest Maya city in Belize and are home to the biggest man-made structure in the country. Depart at 7 AM for an adventure deep into the jungle of the Maya Mountains, habitat to wild animals such as tapirs, jaguars, monkeys, toucans, and scarlet macaws.
In years past, it took two days by horse to reach Caracol! Thankfully, the journey is now less than two hours by car and is filled with stunning scenery. Visit ancient courtyards, ball courts, residential complexes, and a complete astronomical observatory. Over 100 tombs have been uncovered to date. One of the best preserved is that of an adult woman (believed to be the wife of Lord Water, the Caracol ruler who conquered Tikal). Carved stelae (stone monuments) detail victories by Caracol over the rival Maya cities of Tikal and Naranjo.
Your expert guide will lead you from small relics to partial structures, building up to the finale. Caana (“Sky Place”) is Caracol’s tallest structure, standing over 140 feet (43 meters) above the jungle canopy. Visitors can climb to the top and marvel at a 360-degree view of the jungle below. This stunning and incredibly unique panorama will create a memory to last a lifetime. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing swim at Rio On Pools. Formed by granite boulders, this series of natural swimming pools is a popular spot to unwind and cool off.
A visit to Caracol can be combined with other tours.