Caracol Maya Ruins
Caracol Maya Ruins
Caracol ruins ("snail") are considered to represent the largest Maya city in Belize and is home to the largest man-made structure in the country. Depart at 7:00am for an adventure deep into the jungles of the Maya Mountains, habitat to wild animals such as tapirs, jaguars, monkeys, toucans, and scarlet macaws. In the years past, it used to take 2 days by horseback to reach the Caracol Maya ruins! Thankfully the journey is now less than two hours and is filled with stunning scenery along the way.
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 ruler who conquered Tikal). Carved stelae detail victories by Caracol over rival Maya cities of Tikal and Naranjo. Your expert guide will lead you from small relics through partial structures building up to the finale.
Caana (Sky Place) is Caracol’s tallest structure, standing over 140 feet 42 metres above the jungle canopy, where visitors can climb to the top and marvel at 360 panoramic views of the jungle, below. Simply stunning, the views from the top are incredibly unique and will represent the memory of a lifetime.
Afterwards you can 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. Whether you want to only go to Caracol or combine this with other tours, we can customize the experience to meet your needs. Contact us today to arrange for your Caracol Maya ruins tour.
Travel time to site:
2 1/2 hours
Price per passenger:
2 = US$ 160
3 = US$ 140
4 = US$ 120
Minimum of 2 passengers
Transportation to and from the resort, park entrance fee, tour guide, water and sodas, towels, and packed lunch.
Easy to Moderate – involves step climbing
Chiquibul Forest Reserve
And don’t forget:
Bug spray, camera, sun screen, sturdy climbing shoes, gift shop spending money
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