Caracol, Archaeological Reserve


Located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve,25,000 Acres and was established as a reserve in 1995.  Caracol lies on a high plateau of 500m above sea level that drops into a deep valley to the northwest and rises into hilly terrain to the southwest. The site was discovered in 1938 by Rosa Mai, a logger looking for mahogany. That same year the Archaeological Commissioner, A.H. Anderson, visited the site and named it ‘Caracol’ (Spanish for ‘snail’).   This site is also where Caana,; Caana in Maya means “sky place.” It is made up of palaces and temples.


From the town of San Ignacio, Caracol is a 2-½ hour drive, located approximately at Mile 46 of the Chiquibul road which connects the Western Highway with the western slopes of the Maya Mountains. Take the Cristo Rey Road and drive towards Mountain Pine Ridge until you reach Douglas D’Silva Forest Station. Drive another 45 minutes until you reach the Caracol Archaeological Reserve.

Opening Hours

365 days in the year from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Fees & Reservations Belizeans: BZD$5.00 Non-Belizeans: BZD$10.00 Belizeans enter FREE on Sundays and Public and Bank Holidays School, Church and Government Groups need to contact the IA office for official Pass to visit this site. (info from NICH)