A Climb Back in Time: The Mayan Ruins of Caracol


Caracol Mayan Ruins

Did you know Belize has the highest concentration of Mayan sites in the world? Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of jungle treks or just want to see beautiful architecture from this incredible culture, the Mayan sites of Belize have got you covered!

One of our absolute favorite adventures is a visit to the infamous Mayan ruins known as Caracol.

Caracol Mayan Ruins Photo via Russell Harrison Photography

Caracol is the largest Mayan site in Belize, and one of the largest in the world. It covers 65 square miles (bigger than modern day Belize City!) and at the height of its political power boasted a population of over 120,000 people.

The complex is surrounded by a thick, high-canopy jungle and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings. The tallest and most spectacular is the massive pyramid known as Caana, or “Sky Palace”. It’s topped by three temples and rises 140 feet in the air, making it the tallest man-made structure in Belize. The highlight of the trip is climbing to the top to marvel at the 360° panoramic views of the jungle below.

Caracol Mayan Ruins Photo via Deanna Keahey

Caracol’s location deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve means you should also keep your eyes peeled for tapirs, jaguars, monkeys, toucans, and scarlet macaws on the journey. Combine this with a refreshing trip to the Rio On Pools and you’ve got an adventure you’ll never forget!

Read more about Caracol and get details of our private tours to the site here.

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