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#17502 - 12/21/03 04:32 PM The Road to Caracol
Marty Offline
The Road to Caracol GOB approves $5 million contract
(Saturday 20 December 2003 01:41:01 pm)

The Government of Belize has taken a decision to link the ancient hidden City of Caracol built on a mountain top, to the Western Highway by way of an all-weather road.

Caracol, an ancient maya city hidden on a mountain top.

This week Minister of Works Vildo Marin signed the contracts with Ciscoís Managing Director John Woods, the successful bidder.

This project calls for the upgrading of 6 miles of road to all-weather standards and the paving of 9.2 miles with single surface dressing.
The cost of construction, estimated at Bze. $ 5.134 million, is being paid for from two sources, the Inter- American Development Bank and the International Cooperation and Development Fund, both of which are providing soft loans.

The all-weather road is expected to make it easier for tourists from all over the world, and for Belizeans to visit this remarkable hidden city on a mountain-top, which was not discovered until 1938.

Work on the road will begin in two weeks' time and should be completed by October next year.

Caracol has its own version of the Sphinx.
Caracol may turn out to be the crown jewel of Belizean archaeological sites. It is one of the largest of the Mayan cities of the Meso America project. It promises to provide crucial information about how the Mayans lived in the mid-classic and early to late classic times- the period in which Caracolís civilisation flourished.

Records from Caracol show that the City had an uneasy relationship with her sister city, Tikal and that in the year 617 A.D. the King of Caracol, Lord Kan II conquered the King of Tikal, Naranjo, and brought back many captives as slaves.

Another remarkable aspect of the Caracol site is the seven causeways or winding paths which radiate outward from the city hub in all directions. These causeways were useful in opening up the countryside and may have had military significance as well.

Archaeologists have described a South Acropolis, a Central Acropolis and a Southwest Acropolis. The tallest man-made structure is the immense Caana complex which rises some 42 metres above a courtyard. Because the site has not been extensively pillaged, there is hope that the city will yield information not previously available to scholars.

These impressive pyramids were first discovered by a woodcutter, Rosa Mai, who reported his find to government authorities.

The late H.A. Anderson, Belizeís first Archaeological Commissioner, did extensive work at the site during two seasons.

In 1950 Linton Satterthwait of the University of Pennyslvania visited the site and during two seasons of work succeeded in mapping the Central portion of Caracol and photographed most of the monuments.


#17503 - 12/22/03 04:59 AM Re: The Road to Caracol
dbdoberman Offline
It won't be a "hidden city" now.

#17504 - 12/24/03 05:11 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
Laguna Punta Offline
After my fourth visit this year to Caracol, I promised myself never to drive down that road again. It wasn't that bad in dry season, but it is long, and tedious. Like it or not, change will occur. I hope that the powers that be use great judgement with such sights!!
Gone fishing!!

#17505 - 12/24/03 06:25 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
SP Daily Offline
..."I hope that the powers that be use great judgement with such sights!!"
...like they're doing with the cruise ships?

#17506 - 12/25/03 07:44 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
Laguna Punta Offline
Hi Jesse: I only said that I hoped that the Powers that be would use great judgement...I didn't say that I thought they would use great judgement. Speaking of judgements...where are you setting up your Court with the Hideaway vomonos. Bill
Gone fishing!!

#17507 - 12/25/03 09:29 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
SP Daily Offline
I'm not quite sure what you mean by "judgements" but since Hideaway is no more I enjoy Coconuts "Pirates Pub" where Margie serves 1/2 price happy hour drinks every day at 5PM and Dennis Wolfe and associates play every Sat. night. Lots of fun! Meet me there and I'll buy you a diet coke. You can jump in the pool if you'd like.

#17508 - 12/25/03 10:09 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
silkpainter Offline
Caracol is too far away, even with a nice new road, to serve the hordes of cruisers dumped into Belize.
-Lee Vanderwalker-Alamina

#17509 - 12/26/03 08:29 AM Re: The Road to Caracol
Katie Valk Offline
Too far away yes, unless they open an airstrip closer to the ruins. I would assume the hotel association in Cayo would do everything they could to block it. Another great route to Caracol via the Hydro road in Benque, need a good 4wd vehicle and a guide who knows the route. First time I saw Caracol, it took me 4 days on horseback to get there. Lots of wildlife back there.
Belize based travel specialist

#17510 - 12/26/03 05:34 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
Short Offline
They are already building an airstrip about 1 hour from the ruins.
Live and let live

#17511 - 12/26/03 06:33 PM Re: The Road to Caracol
Laguna Punta Offline
Wouldn't it be really cool if the Temples and Pyramids were decorated with Christmas Lights and a Santa and his raindeers up on top. The Cruiseship horde will love it!!!!!!! :rolleyes:
Gone fishing!!

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