Caracol Mayan Temple
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.
- Duration: 8 hrs
- Available Days: Every day
- Schedule: 7:30 AM
- Hotel Transport Included
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
Caracol got its start around 1200 BC, reaching the zenith of its influence in the 7th century. The site was abandoned in the 9th century, and then re-discovered in 1938. Today, you can still see stelae (large stone markers), ball courts, and alters. Your guide can fill you in on the details of the site’s historic importance and its relationship to other Maya city-states.
To get there, you’ll get to hike through the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, which protects a dense forest of pine at the foothills of the Maya Mountains. This hike also gives you the chance to do some bird watching – keep an eye for various species of warblers, cotingas, and eagles.
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
Comfortable attire, extra change of clothes, comfortable shoes, water shoes, swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug spray, extra water, camera, and binoculars for bird watchers.
Tour guide, transportation, water, lunch, and entrance fees.
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Make the climb, it's worth it!
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
This tour will take you to two different nature reserves in the Maya Mountain region of western Belize. You'll get to see Maya ruins and some of the incredible natural formations that characterize this part of the country. Keep in mind that there is some hiking and climbing involved in this tour, so participants should be at least moderately fit and have no physical limitations.
9 hrsFrom $140
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