Caracol (Spanish for “snail”) is the most spectacular Mayan site in Belize, as well as one of the most impressive in Central America. Once home to as many as 200,000 people (nearly 2/3 of the entire modern-day Belizean population), Caracol was a metropolis with five plazas and thirty-two large structures covering almost one square mile including Belize’s tallest manmade structure, Ca’ana. Altogether there are some 35,000 buildings at the site, though only a handful have been fully excavated.
Be sure to have your camera batteries fully charged and a fresh memory card available, as not only the grand Mayan architecture but the surrounding jungle and wildlife will keep you snapping photos all day long. A must see!
Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours
Adventure Level: Strenuous
An amazing, but very bumpy two-hour drive on unpaved road takes you through the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Elijio Panti National Park, and the lush broadleaf rainforest of the Chiquibul National Park. Choose to climb to the tops of the temples to add an even greater adventure level.