Everything You Need to Know if You Want to Visit the Largest Mayan Ruin in Belize

Everything You Need to Know if You Want to Visit the Largest Mayan Ruin in Belize

Flashback to the Classic Period: 600AD. With an urban center spreading 55 square miles and a population of over 200,000 people, Caracol is the largest known ancient Maya site in Belize and among the largest in the world. It was connected to other Mayan cities throughout Mexico and Guatemala, and engaged in several conflicts with Tikal, before its eventual collapse around 1000AD. Caracol is now an active archeological site, in an active state of restoration, attracting those who seek both adventure and a humbling dose of ancient history. 

Diving the Belize Barrier Reef and the Great Blue Hole

Diving the Belize Barrier Reef and the Great Blue Hole

I watched as my depth gauge plunged from 0 to 40 feet to 130 feet in a matter of minutes. It was dark. The pressure of our depth compressed our bodies and the nitrogen saturation played tricks on our minds. I looked around, at ghostly stalactites the size of houses hanging from the top of the cavern, created before the site was covered by the ocean; at the flashlights of our group ahead of us; and then straight down into nothing.