Caracol is deep in the heart of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District. Covering an area of nearly 25,000 acres, this site is impressive for its extensive agricultural field system and elaborate city planning. Caracol is one of the most pristine and well-kept Maya sites in Belize. If you want to see a fantastic piece of our history, head to Caracol.
The main temple, Canaã "sky place", offers incredible views of the surrounding jungle. At 143 feet high, it is the tallest human-made structure in the country. The ancient Maya created not only a dramatic structure but also incorporated excellent acoustics so that priests and rulers using normal speaking voices could be heard clearly by the masses assembled in the plaza below.
Numerous carved monuments established that Caracol was a significant player in the geopolitics of the Classic period Maya world. It was an ally of Calakmul in Campeche, Mexico and engaged in several wars with neighbouring polities, such as Tikal, Naranjo, and Ucanal in Guatemala.