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At the ticket office, a small visitors center outlines Caracol's history and has a helpful scale model, and a new museum houses much of the sculpture found at Caracol.

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$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Caracol Mayan Ruin, Chiquibul Forest Day Trip from San Ignacio

After a 7 a.m. hotel pickup in San Ignacio, board your comfortable minivan or SUV for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Caracol, located within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. En route, stop for a swim at Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls, located on the Mountain Pine Ridge.Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot along a forest trail, where you’ll learn about regional flora and fauna as you take in the stunning scenery. Observe how the trees of this lowland tropical broadleaf rainforest have taken over, guarding the ancient mysteries of Caracol. You'll see where the Mayans once gazed at the stars, conducted their most sacred rituals, and plotted battles.Begin your tour at the visitor's center, which exhibits a number of artifacts from the site, including a recovered ceremonial altar. Your guide recounts the prehistory of peasants and nobles who built and used the courtyards, residences, and astronomical observatory within the complex. Around midday, enjoy a packed lunch before continuing your tour.View three plaza groups surrounding a central acropolis and two ball courts, along with a number of smaller structures. Visit one of Caracol’s largest buildings, a pyramid called Caana, which rises more than 140 feet (43 meters) above the forest floor.Your guide will point out the many hieroglyphic texts carved on stela, altars, and wall facades. Learn about the discovery of an ornately carved ball-court-marker, interpreted by archeologists as a claim of military victory over Tikal. At the end of your tour, board your coach for the return trip to San Ignacio with drop-off at your hotel around 5 p.m.

$90 Private & Custom Tours

Private Caracol Tour from San Ignacio

Your full-day tour will start 7am from your San Ignacio hotel and will travel through the Mountain Pine Ridge giving you a glimpse of its exotic flora and fauna surrounding Caracol's major structures (e.g.Caana) and astronomical observatory. The tour includes your tour guide, lunch, entrance fees and transportation on a comfortable air conditioned vehicle. It also includes Rio Frio Cave and a optional stop (swimming spots) at Rio on Pools.  Climb the tallest man made structure in Belize called Caana and explore the living quarters of some of the most powerful elite, rulers of Caracol. Walk where they once did and let those ancient pathways guide where only powerful royals once did.This tour offers the opportunity to glimpse the exotic wildlife that the spectacular nature reserve has to offer.

$138 Outdoor Activities

Caracol Maya Temples and Big Rock Falls from San Ignacio

Your adventure begins from 7:00 a.m with a 2-hour drive on a wildlife-rich road through the Mountain Pine Ridge. Many claim to have seenjaguars and tapirs on the way. The Road to Caracol is an adventure in its own!Upon arrival at the site, your guide explains its history as he walks you through historical pictures and findings at the on-site museum.Caracol, which means  “snail” in Spanish, is the largest Maya site in Belize covering about 75 square miles. Occupied around 1200 BC, but its epicenter was not populated until around 650 BC, and was abandoned in approximately 950 AD, with the entire site abandoned by 1050 AD.Thereafter, it’s off to explore the ancient temples. Try to contain your excitement and listen to your guide while he explains the various structures’ purposes and the stories in the several stelae. Feel free to climb to the very top of Caana, the tallest temple. You will certainly be awestruck!When our exploration is done, you head to the park where lunch is served. Then head back into the Mountain Pine Ridge withthe option of stopping for a refreshing dip at the beautiful Big Rock Falls.On your way back from Caracol,  you'll make a stop at Rio Frio Cave & Big Rock Falls in the Mountain Pine Ride. RIO FRIO CAVE: Two massive 65ft entryways make it extra accessible and creates natural lighting inside. Huge stalactites hang from its massive cathedral-like vault room sized boulders on the ground where a stream flows through, forming pools with cascading falls. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate BIG ROCK FALLS: Deep in the escarpment of the Mountain Pine Ridge, Big Rock Falls is another of the area’s waterfall treasures. The tremendous view of water rushing over the huge 150-ft rock formations and plummeting into the deep perfectly round pool at its base provides a rush of excitement. You won’t regret stopping by to take a nice cold swim, which you will definitely enjoy regardless if you are on your own, with someone or with your family. Departure: After having visited each site, we’ll proceed onto making our way out of the Mountain Pine Ridge and back into San Ignacio, arriving around 4:00PM (depending on your individual pace). Difficulty level: active After an adventurous ride and a short hike down a steep path, you  arrive at one of the most secluded and relaxing destinations with an amazing waterfall and natural pool for a refreshing dip. 

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Caracol Maya Ruins Tour with Rio On Pools and Rio Frio Cave

Caracol is a major and dominant site in Maya history. It is a fantastic site to visit, and it is an expansive city covering nearly 80 square miles and rivaling the ancient metropolis of Tikal in size, power and riches. A subtropical forest south of San Ignacio sits near the Guatemalan border, set high on the Vaca Plateau in the heart of the Chiquibal Forest Reserve. Caracol is accessed through the Mountain Pine Ridge, a beautiful area with flowing rivers and hidden caves. Embark on a 1.5-hour drive from our office up rough dirt roads and through small Maya Villages and scenic countryside. Arrive at the sprawling archaeological site of Caracol and learn about the anthropology and archaeology, as well as the flora and fauna of the area including rare and endangered wildlife such as Keel-billed Motmots, Tapirs, Jaguars, Oscillated Turkeys, Gibnut (the “Royal Rat”) and Coatimundis.Caracol had a huge population center at its peak, with over 150,000 inhabitants and 30,000 structures. You might get lucky and see a family of howler monkeys in the trees over the ancient Maya ball-courts, or revel at the engineering and architectural sophistication of the Maya people as you climb up the temple pyramid structure of Caana (Sky Temple), the highest man-made building in Belize still to this day. Once at the top, nearly 135 feet above the plazas, you will get impressive panoramic views of Belize and neighboring Guatemala. The histories of the inhabitants of Caracol are documented by scribes of the past in hieroglyphics and carvings on the monuments, stelas, and altars that are found throughout the site. Caracol has a very unique history from other major ancient cities in the region, and your guide will illuminate the rich and complicated past of this glorious civilization with a fully guided tour of the excavated portions of the Caracol site. After touring the ruins, refresh with drinks and a picnic lunch. We then continue back through the Pine Ridge where we take a break at the Rio On Pools, a series of natural swimming holes, and the lush Rio Frio Cave to cool down and relax in the clear water.

$115 Cultural & Theme Tours

Rio On Pool, Rio Frio Cave and Caracol Maya Ruin Tour

During this 8-hour tour you will explore the Maya ruins in the ancient city of Caracol. This guided tour will explore jungle archaeological sites including pyramid temples, plazas and monuments. You will also travel to Mountain Pine Ridge with stops at Rio On pool and Rio Frio Cave for a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters. You will be able to enjoy a homemade Belizean lunch before being dropped off back to your hotel in San Ignacio.

$624 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Belize 3 Days and 2 nights 5 tours

The first day we meet everyone and start the tour by exploring the Nohoceen Caves using tubes or kayaks, then we have lunch and then its a drive to our base camp in the Mountain Pine Ridge, here we have dinner. On all the tours we also do birding and lookout for wildlife. The following day the tour continues by visiting the lost kingdom in the Rainforest of Belize,Caracol, Excavations here have yielded numerous artifacts and elaborate stelas depicting the rulers of this kingdom, and stories of past wars and conquest. Caracol also features a astronomical observatory structure and the tallest ancient building in Belize, Ca'ana, the Sky Palace. on the return to base camp we stop to easily explore the Rio Frio Cave. The following morning we explore the property, the Rio on Pools, and the breath taking picturesque Big Rock Falls, then after a hearty lunch we leave base camp onto return to the City of Belize where the Journey Ends.

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