approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich
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.
Map of the Area Around
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.
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.