Caracol Ruins is located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest
Reserve and 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 'shell').
Although Caracol is one of the most challenging Belize ruins to reach, the trip to Caracol is also
one of the most scenic drives. It is the largest known Maya center within the country and holds "Canaa" (Sky
Place), the largest pyramid or man made structure in Belize at 140 feet tall. A large part of Caracol is
largely being discovered, but numerous carved monuments populate the area, and the main reservoir is an
From Belize City go on the Western Highway to San Ignacio Town. Caracol is a 2-½ hour drive from San
Ignacio town on the Cristo Rey Road, driving towards Mountain Pine Ridge. When you reach Douglas D'Silva
Forest Station you must drive another 45 minutes until you reach the Caracol Archaeological Reserve. The trip
is WORTH it!