Belize Caracol Mayan Ruins Tour

Listing Type
Tour/Activity
Tour Type
Aquatic, Inland, Nature
Departs From
San Ignacio Town
Intensity Level
Easy
Attraction(s)
Caracol
$
105
/ Person
Trusted Provider
Mayawalk T
Response rate: 
90%
Response time:
1 hour
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Location Details
Departure:
19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio Town
About Listing
Features:
Archaeological Reserve
Nature Reserve
Nature Trails
Pine Forest
Waterfall | Stream
Description

CARACOL MAYA TOUR

Caracol, a major and dominant site in Mayan history, is an expansive city covering nearly 6 square miles and rivaling the ancient metropolis of Tikal in size, power, and riches. This is a fantastic site to visit, set high on the Vaca Plateau, in the heart of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve (a subtropical forest south of San Ignacio near the Guatemalan border). Caracol is accessed through the Mountain Pine Ridge, a beautiful area with flowing rivers and hidden limestone caves.

After a 1.5 hour drive from San Ignacio up rough dirt roads, passing through small Mayan villages and scenic countryside we will arrive at the sprawling archaeological site of Caracol. Here you will learn about the anthropology, archaeology, and 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 was a huge population center at its peak, with over 150,000 inhabitants and 30,000 structures, including an astronomical observatory. It was the largest metropolis in the Mayan Lowlands during the Classic Period, built with elaborate city planning and complex agricultural systems. This site was hidden for many centuries by the trees in the tropical broadleaf forest. Today you might catch a glimpse of howler monkeys in the mammoth trees towering over the ancient Mayan ball courts and plazas.
 
Revel at the engineering and architectural sophistication of the Mayan people as you climb the temple pyramid structure of Caana (Sky Temple), the highest man-made building in Belize to this day. Once at the top, nearly 135 feet above the courtyards below, you will get impressive panoramic views of Belize and neighboring Guatemala.

The history of the inhabitants of Caracol is documented by scribes of the past in hieroglyphics and carvings on the monuments, stelae, wall facades and altars that are found throughout the site. Caracol has a very unique history, different 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 yourself with drinks and a picnic lunch. We then continue back through the Pine Ridge area where we take a break at the Rio On Pools, a series of natural swimming holes, to cool down and relax in the clear water. We will also visit the Rio Frio Cave, which has the largest entrance of any cave in Belize.
 

Suitable for:
Kids
Teens
Adults
Families
Groups
Couples
Seniors
Recommended Age Range:
11 - 20
21 - 30
31 - 40
41 - 50
Over 50
What is Included?
Things the supplier includes without any extra cost.
  • Entrance fees, transportation to/from site, lunch, refreshments, guide fee.
What to bring?
Recommended items to bring on the trip.
  • Hiking sandals/trainers
  • Towel
  • Small backpack
  • Liter of Water
  • Bug Spray
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Swim wear w/shorts
Rates
The base rates charged by the provider. This includes all taxes and applicable fees.
Minimum:
2 people
Minimum number of people.
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Per
Price
Unless otherwise indicated, prices are in US dollars.
Person
$
105
Itinerary
Time
7:00 AM
Activities
Hiking, Nature Walk
Transportation
Is Transportation provided?:
Yes
Transport Info.
Important Transportation/Pickup Information
Meet at 19 Burns Avenue, San Ignacio by 6:45 am for check in and orientation before departure time.
 
Availability
Schedule
Dates
Duration
Daily8
Provider
 (7)
YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE! Belize Adventure Tours Mayawalk Tours is an eco-friendly, family owned, local tour operator based in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize. We have been operating ... moreadventure tours since 1997, and we offer over a dozen adventure tours in Belize, with special emphasis on caving and canoeing tours. Our local guides are more than happy to share their knowledge about the archaeology and history of the sites that you will visit. Whether you are in the mood for a leisurely tour or a more rugged adventure, Mayawalk Tours can help you plan a special trip that you will remember for a lifetime.
Account Type:
Tour Operator
Tagline:
The Adventure People
Languages:
Creole, English, Spanish
Service Types:
Tours | Activities, Shuttles
Gold Certified:
Yes
Tour Operator License:
TO 092-028
Payment & Cancellation
Cancellation Policy
Flexible
  • Cancellations made 15 days before will be fully refunded except for a service fee of 3%.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 70% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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