Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Wining, Dining and History at Caracol #415736
09/08/11 05:01 PM
09/08/11 05:01 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 74,838
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Overnight Adventure at Caracol: Wining, Dining and History at Belize’s Largest Maya Site

by Lebawit Lily Girma

I’m sitting at a dinner table for two, a glass of Lagarde 1897 from Mendoza in my hand.

There’s one torch near the table for two, lighting our dinner and our faces, but not completely. There’s no moon.

I hear a cat’s meow except it’s not a cat, am told, it’s an owl. Fallon is sitting across from me, resting from our walk up the Mayan temple’s steps.

I can’t concentrate on my plate of fresh made tamales just yet; Ofelia had made them for us earlier on an open hearth fire while we watched, the flames our only light.

I keep looking around instead. I can see the edges of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve and the rainforest in the background; I can hear it, too.

Just steps from me are Mayan structures, in each direction. My feet are resting on the ground of a Maya temple, too.

Am I really here, wining and dining under the stars at Caracol?

Located in the southern part of the Cayo District, Caracol is Belize’s largest Maya site and it’s most important historically. Discovered only in 1938 by loggers, it once had 100,000 Mayans living here . Caracol is a two-hour road trip from San Ignacio and bumpy one but worth every minute.

Passing across Maya villages, then bridges, views of waterfalls, river pools, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest, and the Chiquibul Forest Reserve all along the way. The entire ride I felt as if I were in a different country. Id never seen this side of Belize. It was as if Id been missing a big part of it all this time. Waterfalls, river bathing and mountains? Hello! I was too excited to care about my sore behind.

When we reached Caracol, at sunset, Wilburt my guide from Ka’ana Resort – the brilliant minds behind this adventure – told me to climb up the tallest structure at Caracol so I could see where I was going to have dinner in a couple of hours.

When I saw, I was speechless.

Click Here for the rest of the story and lots of great photos!

The cost of the tour for 2 people is US $1725.00 plus 23.75% taxes and service plus US $250.00 plus 23.75% for land transfers.

Re: Wining, Dining and History at Caracol [Re: Marty] #415743
09/08/11 06:04 PM
09/08/11 06:04 PM
Joined: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,054
Asheville, NC USA
Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
Lan Sluder/Belize First  Offline
Hate to say it, but this is almost obscene.

Re: Wining, Dining and History at Caracol [Re: Marty] #415821
09/09/11 01:58 PM
09/09/11 01:58 PM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 74,838
oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
From a friend....

As I understand they have armed guards there. Every day tour groups have the option to ride with a BDF and/or Tourist Police convoy to Caracol. You can go on your own and some do. They also have had these guys stay overnight at Xunantunich and other Mayan sites in Cayo. At least they were about a year ago.

Re: Wining, Dining and History at Caracol [Re: Marty] #415837
09/09/11 05:25 PM
09/09/11 05:25 PM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 492
TExarkana, USA
catdance62 Offline
catdance62  Offline
that sounds like an amazing experience!

Re: Wining, Dining and History at Caracol [Re: Marty] #415927
09/11/11 08:23 AM
09/11/11 08:23 AM
Joined: Oct 2001
Posts: 6,225
San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
Diane Campbell  Offline
Wow. The part about two bottles of wine and climbing a temple in the dark is more than a little scary though.

Re: Wining, Dining and History at Caracol [Re: Marty] #415981
09/12/11 06:15 AM
09/12/11 06:15 AM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 492
TExarkana, USA
catdance62 Offline
catdance62  Offline
If I drank that much wine I doubt I would get past the first couple steps!

Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
Maruba Beach Klub and Spa is the premiere Secret Beach spa and restaurant located on the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea at the center of Secret Beach, Belize
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler
First Class Accommodations for the Budget Traveler

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
To Get Your Questions Answered

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater
San Pedro Fun Finder
Paradise Guy Event Calendar
Cayo Event Calendar

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Belize Happy Adventures
Conch Creative
Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Click for Ian Anderson's Caves Branch, Welcome to a World of Adventure
Lil Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
ShoutChat Box
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 108 guests, and 0 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Most Online5,530
Jun 13th, 2021 HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.1