Caracol Fascinated by the jungle? Want to explore the ancient civilizations of the Americas? Come to Caracol, a wondrous site of ancient Mayan ruins and one of the best destinations for adventure travel in Belize. Situated approximately 25 miles south of Xunantunich, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the site was first reported by a native logger named Rosa Mai, who came across its remains in 1937 while searching for mahogany hardwood trees.

Take a winding path through the Mountain Pine Ridge and later dense broad leaf forests to the ancient city of Caracol and discover its more than 40 monuments, some of them dating back to 1,200 BC. Enjoy the beauty and serenity of this place, which once was one of the largest Maya cities. And if you can, make sure you climb the myriad steep temple steps and be amazed at the views of Belize’s untamed jungle.  Learn about the Ceiba tree, the tree the Mayas called “the tree of life” and their belief that its roots would take them to the underworld and their branches to the high heavens.

The drive through the Mountain Pine Ridge and the Chiquibul National Forest is very beautiful. Explore Rio Frio Cave on the way and stop at the Rio On Pools for a refreshing dip before heading back to the resort.


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