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Caracol “Snail" (25,000 acres)

Located on the western edge of the Maya Mountains within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, 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. 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.


Free Parking

Visitors Center
& Museum


Picnic Pavilion



Flora & Fauna

Filming /Permits

All Commercial Filming requires a Film Permit. For further information contact the Institute of Archaeology.
Wedding Ceremonies – Fee & Permit required contact the Institute of Archaeology.

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