Caracol (Snail)

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 Caracol Maya Ruins

Caracol archaeological site, is the largest Maya Site in Belize. Located in the Cayo District just south of San Ignacio Town. It sits on the edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve at an elevation of 500 meters above sea level. The site itself displays a classic rain forest and jungle vegetation which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Canna

The site was was first discovered in 1937 by Rosa Mai, a native logger who was in search for Mahogany and hardwood Trees within the dense Jungles. Excavation on the site was conducted  in the early 1950’s, by A.H. Anderson the first archaeological commissioner of Belize(British Honduras at the Time). The site of Caracol included all levels of Maya society, from poor farmers to powerful elites.It boast the largest Maya man made structure “Ca’nna”rising  about 43 meters above the B Group Plaza, meaning ‘Sky Palace’.

Astronomical Observatory

The tour of Caracol is an all day tour, departing San Ignacio at 7:00 am and returns back to Town at 5:00 pm. This tour takes you through two different types of ecosystems, pine forest and into sub-tropical rain Forest. Drive time to Caracol is  a two hours and a half from San Ignacio Town, driving through two Maya communities, Cristo Rey and San Antonio Villages.On the way back, we enjoy stops at the Rio Frio Cave a 65ft tall arch cave entrance discovered in the 1920’s. It displays natural limestone formation.

Cave

After we visit Rio Frio Cave, we then move on to Rio On Pools for a more relaxing time to swim.The pools are made up of  several cascading small water falls within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The water is always  cool and refreshing.

Pools

 

 Level of Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

What to wear:  Comfortable clothing for hiking. Proper foot wear is recommended.

 What to bring:  Extra clothes, bug repellent, sunscreen, swimwear and cameras

 What is included:  Transportation,Lunch, guide, and entrance fees.