Feliz B’aktun! The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize

Caracol Belize Maya 2012

Caana, or Sky Temple, at Caracol archaeological site in western Belize, is one of the largest, most impressive pyramids in the Maya world. Even more than a thousand years after it was built, Caana remains the tallest manmade structure in all of Belize. Caracol is located at the end of a long, red-clay road near the Guatemalan border. On December 21, 2012, the Belize Institute of Archaeology issued special camping permits and off-hours access to travelers. The reason? 13 b’aktun: the completion of the Maya Long Count calendar.

This is where I rang in the next 13 b’aktuns — sleeping under the stars on Sky Temple! Where were you? What was your experience?

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