Caracol Mayan Ruins
Take this tour to see one of the largest Maya ruins in the world inside the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. It begins with an early morning drive from Chaa Creek—you’ll travel 2 hours to reach this site.
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 7:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This site covers many miles—at its height in 650 AD, it had a population of around 15,000 people. It’s complete with temples, palaces, plazas, stelaes, ball courts, and around 70 tombs. Caracol’s crown jewel is the Canaa tower, which is 141 feet (43 m) tall. Your guide will tell you more about the meaning behind the many hieroglyphs engraved on these structures.
In addition to Maya ruins, this is also a good spot for bird watching. Ocellated turkeys are some of the rare birds that you can expect to find in the area, and your guide can point out some of these animals along the way.
Attraction VisitedCaracol Ruins
When you visit the Caracol ruins, you’ll get to see over 30 structures built by the Mayans, including the tower of Caana, the tallest structure in all of Belize. To reach Caracol, you’ll visit the Chiquibul Forest Reserve in western Belize, at the foothills of the Maya mountains.
What to Bring
Hat, sunscreen, water, insect repellant, camera, and raingear if needed.
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Tikal is a highly doable day-trip from San Ignacio, and this all-day excursion ensures that you don’t miss out on seeing one of the most spectacular ruins left behind by the Maya. This is an all-day tour, and includes a stop for lunch. Join your guide for an exciting trek to the jungle, which with any luck will include sightings of some incredible wildlife – keep an eye out for the famous resplendent quetzals and their tremendous tail feathers. Sightings of monkeys and birds will continue once you arrive, and you’ll get to watch jungle animals skitter up and down the stony faces of the many temples.
8 hrsFrom $174
Take this full-day tour to visit the impressive remains of the Caracol site. It served as an important trading hub for nearby Tikal, which is right across the border in Guatemala. This is an educational tour as well as an opportunity to experience the forests of western Belize. It also includes a break for lunch.
8 hrsFrom $159
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