Caracol Mayan Ruins started in 1950, after the first official visit by Linton Satterthwaite from the University of Pennsylvania. During this time, he excavated and recovered 32 stone monuments, 2 causeways, and 5 courts. In 1953-1994, Satterthwaite and Anderson mapped the central area of the site and continued excavation. In 1978-79, Paul Healy from Trent University investigated the agricultural terraces; however, it was not until 1985 that the Caracol Mayan Ruins Project initiated. From 1989-95 intensive excavations were undertaken on the monumental and residential architecture on the site’s epicenter.
Caracol Mayan Ruins Tour Detail
Caracol is known as Belize’s Largest site in the country, with the tallest man-made structure. Caracol was rediscovered by Rose Mai in 1937 and reported the site in 1939. Caracol has 40,000 structure, only 1% is uncovered.
Caracol is located deep in the jungle of the Chiquibul National Park that is located south of San Ignacio.
Caracol Mayan Ruins Tour Itinerary
Tour starts at 7:30 A.M from San Ignacio; we drive through a pine forest, then through A pristine broadleaf forest to Caracol Mayan Ruins. The drive is a little over 2 hours. There is a 2 ½ hour guided tour with an experienced knowledgeable guide. Lunch is served after.
On the drive back to town, we stop at the Rio-Frio Cave and the Rio-On pools, where we swim for 1 hour in natural pools. We return back to San Ignacio at 5:30 p.m
A review of Caracol Mayan Ruins tour from Trip Advisor
We booked with Destiny for ATM and Caracol and both tours were exceptional with guides who were knowledgeable about their tour as well as being very open about their life in Belize, so the conversation was wide-ranging on several levels which I appreciate when trying to capture a well-rounded experience of a new place.