Located in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the largest Mayan archeological site in Belize, so large in fact that it would have once covered an area much larger than present day Belize City (the largest metropolitan area in the country of Belize) and supported more than twice the population.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -3 hrs

Today Caracol covers 30 square miles of high canopy jungle and is comprised of over 35,000 ruins that have been identified - a pretty impressive site. The largest is Caana, a pyramid that rises over 140 feet above the jungle floor and is capped by three temples. Although it is quite a trek to the top, the effort of climbing to the top of Caana (Sky Place) is rewarded by spectacular panoramic views.

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Caracol is renowned not only for its size during the Maya Classic era, but also for its fighting prowess during the war. In AD 562 it defeated Guatemala, only to return with a follow up conquest not long after.

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Where to stay

Gaïa River Lodge

Gaïa River Lodge

Gaia River Lodge is a peaceful sanctuary retreat in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge, perched in the natural beauty of pine forest overlooking spectacular waterfalls in the lodge's grounds.

Blancaneaux Lodge

Blancaneaux Lodge

Owned by Francis Ford Coppola, Blancaneaux Lodge is a peaceful retreat located in the central forests of Belize, just outside the town of San Ignacio.

Chaa Creek

Chaa Creek

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is recognised as an exemplary model of sustainable development within Belize’s rainforest.

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Lamanai Outpost Lodge

Lamanai Outpost Lodge is situated on the banks of a 28 mile long lagoon amid the remnants of a major Mayan city.

Chan Chich

Chan Chich

There are several lodges in Central America that are near to Mayan cities, but only one actually in the ruins of one.

Hidden Valley Inn

Hidden Valley Inn

Nestled in its own 7,200 acre nature reserve, Hidden Valley Inn is one of the most secluded properties in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, the oldest and largest parkland in Belize.

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