Caracol is an entire day tour starting at 7:00 am from San Ignacio, it is an off-road trip going through Cristo Rey and San Antonio Village and passing the Mountain Pine Ridge which is an amazing jungle experience. This, well maintained road continues beyond the Douglas D’ Silva Forest Station.
Caracol is about 50 miles or a 2-hour drive from San Ignacio Town. Caracol is 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‘ (in Spanish ‘snail’). This site is also known as Caana in Maya means “sky place” It is made up of palaces and temples.
We had Orlando as our ATM cave guide. He was a wonderful guide, and happily answered all my questions, made sure the group was doing ok at every turn, and... read more
Orlando took us on an amazing trip to the ATM caves!! We enjoyed the day with him learning about the jungle, caves and history of the Mayan people. Orlando was... read more
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