Caracol - Largest Maya site in Belize
Situated within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve Caracol covers 30-square miles of thick, high-canopy jungle, and includes five plazas, an astronomic observatory and over 35,000 buildings which have been identified.
Caana, the loftiest among them, is a massive pyramid which is capped by three temples and rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor.
Caracol's central core, as seen by visitors, consists of three plaza groups surrounding a central acropolis and two ball courts, along with a number of smaller structures. The Visitor's Center exhibits a number of photographs and diagrams of the site, along with artifacts, including a recovered ceremonial altar.
Caracol can truly be described in superlatives: Largest archeological site in Belize - One of the largest in the Maya world - Tallest man-made structure in Belize (Caana) - Most structures, largest area, largest population, most hieroglyphics etc.... One of the discoveries made was an elaborately carved ball-court-marker, dating back to the end of the early Classic Period, which has been interpreted as Caracol claiming a military victory over Tikal, located more then 60 miles away in Guatemala.
Caracol was linked together by more than 20 miles of roadways that radiated outward from its epicenter like the spokes of a wheel and it is estimated that 200,000 or more Maya lived in the area when this important City-State reached it's peak around 700 A.D.
Today, Caracol is a Maya city in the process of being recovered from the jungle. Excavation in and around Caracol and reconstruction of the Caracol site itself are ongoing during the dry season. There is a plethora of flora and fauna to enhance the experience of this magnificent Maya center. Some notable birds seen at Caracol include Ocellated Turkey, Crested Guan, and Great Curassow. While admiring the largest Maya site in Belize you may also see colorful toucans and trogons.
On the return from Caracol, tours stop off at one of the following area attractions located in the Mountain Pine Ridge - Rio Frio Cave or Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls.
Entrance Fee - US$ 15 per person
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