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Go Historic ID
319300
names
Caracol
Caracol Archaeological Reserve
Oxwitzá
coordinates
16.763177° N, 89.117768° W
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Essays on Caracol

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The largest Mayan site in Belize, Caracol once occupied a large area (88 sq km) and supported a population of about 140,000 people. Its Mayan name was Oxwitzá, ("three hill water"). The name Caracol comes from the Spanish for "snail" and refers to the large number of snails found here during early explorations. The Caracol Archaeological Reserve is located in the Chiquibil Forest Reserve of west-central Belize, 47 miles from the Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala. Rising 43.5 meters above the plaza below, Caana contains four palaces and three temples. continue reading →

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Bibliography of Caracol

  1. Mountain Pine Ridge and Caracol Attractions.” Frommers.com. Web.
  2. Caracol.” Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Web.
  3. Caracol Archaeological Project.” University of Central Florida. Web.

Article Info

Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014