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Welcome to the lost city! A place of wonder, mystery, and Ancient History. In Spanish, Caracol, meaning “snail, shell, ” is in the heart of the Chiquibul rainforest in Western Belize. Approximately 25 miles from San Ignacio, this well-preserved Maya site sits on top of the Vaca Plateau under a subtropical Rainforest canopy.

It is known to be one of the largest Maya cities besides its towering neighbor, Tikal, located just across the border in Guatemala. The most famous structure dominating this ancient community’s center is the massive Caana, meaning “Sky Place.” This immense complex of rooms and tombs remains the tallest man-made construction in Belize.

Caracol (formerly known as “Oxhuitza,” a place of three hills) was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. The area was occupied from 1200 BC to AD 950, with a population of over 120,000. It covered approximately 77sq.miles, which is more significant than Belize City, the largest metropolitan area in Belize.

The first reported sighting of Caracol was in 1937 by a native logger Rosa Mai who was searching for Mahogany trees. It was then reported to the archaeological commissioner A.H Anderson who gave the site its modern name. Since then, many excavations, investigations, and modern developments have been made.

The Caracol Ruins contain 53 carved stone monuments (25 stelae and 28 altars) and more than 200 burials and caches. Stelaes and altars were considered a trademark of the Classic Maya Civilization. These tall stone monuments are sculpted with figures and hieroglyphs text telling stories of great kings and their accomplishments.

Caracol was conveniently situated between Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, providing extensive trade networks and early lowland belief systems, which made it a unified regional economy.

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