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Awaken your inner archaeologist as you explore the sprawling Mayan ruins of Caracol! Departing from San Ignacio, you’ll journey deep into the jungles of Belize to the Chiquibul Forest Reserve — home to the largest Mayan site in the country. Your expert guide will illuminate the fascinating history of Caracol, which was once a mighty city and a rival of neighboring Tikal in Guatemala. Explore magnificent plazas, temples, palaces, and an observatory while learning about the social and religious practices of the ancient Maya. Round-trip transport from your San Ignacio hotel is included on this full-day tour.


  • Day trip to Caracol from San Ignacio
  • Take a guided tour of Caracol, situated within the protected Chiquibul Forest Reserve
  • Walk along a forest trail as you learn about the flora and fauna, and swim in rock pools en route
  • Discover ball courts, residential complexes and a complete astronomical observatory
  • Admire the magnificent Caana pyramid, topped by three temples
  • Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by minivan included

What You Can Expect

Caracol Day Trip from San Ignacio

Explore the Mayan site of Caracol!

Caracol, the largest Mayan archaeological site in Belize, was also the largest metropolis in the Maya lowlands during the Classic Period. In 650 AD, the urban area of Caracol had a radius of approximately 6 miles (10 km) around the center of the site. Caracol maintained a population of more than 140,000 people through the creation of an immense agricultural system and elaborate city planning.

After hotel pickup in San Ignacio, board your comfortable minivan or SUV for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Caracol, located within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve. En route, stop for a swim at Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls, located on the Mountain Pine Ridge.

Upon arrival, follow your guide on foot along a forest trail, where you’ll learn about regional flora and fauna as you take in the stunning scenery. Observe how the trees of this lowland tropical broadleaf rainforest have taken over, guarding the ancient mysteries of Caracol. You'll see where the Maya once gazed at the stars, conducted their most sacred rituals and plotted battles, including the 562 AD defeat of Tikal.

Begin your tour at the Visitor's Center, which exhibits a number of artifacts from the site, including a recovered ceremonial altar. Your guide will recount the prehistory of peasants and nobles who built and used the courtyards, residences and astronomical observatory within the complex. Around midday, you'll enjoy a packed lunch before continuing your tour.

View three plaza groups surrounding a central acropolis and two ball courts, along with a number of smaller structures. Visit Caracol’s largest building, a pyramid called Caana, which rises more than 140 feet (43 meters) above the forest floor—so massive that three temples sit atop its base. Today, it remains the tallest human-made structure in Belize.

Your guide will point out the many hieroglyphic texts carved on stelae, altars and wall facades. Learn about the discovery of an ornately carved ball-court-marker, interpreted by archeologists as a claim of military victory over Tikal. At the end of your tour, board your coach for the return trip to San Ignacio with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Immo B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic day out with a friendly knowledgeable guide!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing, enjoyed the tour, it is a rough ride to get there but well worth the trip.

Naznin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great time good guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This tour was amazing!

America M

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

The pyramids were awesome but the tour guide didn't want to climb the pyramids so he sat at the bottom of them. Our vehicle broke disown and had to be scorted by the military to caracol, lucky for us the guide called and another vehicle was there within 2 hours

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