Caracol Maya Ruins

Caracol is the most extensive Maya site in Belize and one of the largest in the Maya world…

Caracol (The Snail) was built during the Classic Period (AD 200-1000) when the Maya’s greatest temples were erected and their civilization flourished. The city core covers 15 square miles, but during its peak the city radiated from its epicenter for hundreds of miles occupied by an estimated population of 200,000, nearly the same as the population of the entire country today. It has the most hieroglyphic inscriptions of any site, including cryptic glyphs on the ball court indicating a military victory over the mighty city of Tikal and the capture of other important rulers from the Peten region, in neighboring Guatemala. Lush tropical rainforest now guards the secrets of this ounce mighty civilization, where ritual chants have been replaced with the sounds of exotic birds and howler monkeys.

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