approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich
Cayo District, Belize

Panorama Atop Caracol
Photo: Pgbk87 License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Caracol is a ancient Mayan archaeological site. The site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period.

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Caracol Categories

  • Ancient Structures

    Populated as early as 1200 BC, Caracol was one of the largest ancient Maya cities, covering some 177 km² with an estimated population of over 100,000. There are approximately 267 structures per square kilometer.
  • Man-Made

    The Mayan people build many structures at Caracol, including temples, plazas, and homes. Caana ("sky-palace") is the largest building at Caracol. It remains one of the largest man-made structures in Belize.

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