Year of 2017

Maya archaeological site of Caracol, Belize

You’re looking at Caana (the ‘Sky Palace’), the largest temple of the Maya ruins known as Caracol in Belize. The sprawling ancient city was founded more than 3,000 years ago, but flourished during what’s considered the Late Classic period of the Maya civilization, between about 600 and 800 CE. Caracol supported a population of more than 100,000 at the peak of its prosperity. At about 140 feet tall, the Sky Palace remains among the tallest buildings in modern-day Belize.

Caracol is the name given to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located in what is now the Cayo District of Belize. It is situated approximately 40 kilometres south of Xunantunich and the town of San Ignacio Cayo, and 15 kilometers away from the Macal River. It rests on the Vaca Plateau at an elevation of 500 meters above sea-level, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Long thought to be a tertiary center, it is now known that the site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period. Caracol covered approximately 200 square kilometers, covering an area much larger than present-day Belize City and supported more than twice the modern city’s population.
Panorama atop Caracol