El Caracol
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John A
Brooklyn, MI111 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
This place is great and love the lights house and the ruins
Alligators sunbathing and really a bit of everything
Written 26 April 2023
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Haden L
Houston, TX465 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
This small pyramid on Cozumel Island is very unique!
The Mayans would built this pyramid used three each conch shells positioned perfectly North, South, East and West with each set of threes broke off the tops so when the wind blows, it makes different noises for each direction!
Written 10 June 2022
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BackinBracknell
Bracknell, UK1,502 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
A small Mayan ruin on the road to the lighthouse. It's interesting to see and worth a quick look at but it's not a hugely impressive temple structure or anything like that. Our guide explained that it was used as a lighthouse and there were also conch shells on the top that were used to catch the wind so it served as an ancient hurricane warning system!
Written 2 April 2019
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Doc Scott
Hattiesburg, MS148 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Located in the ecological reserve of Punta Sur, which is managed by the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation is "El Caracol" also known as the "shell tomb". To get there, you will travel to the south and then you must take a small dirt road that leads to the Punta Celerain lighthouse. It is located at the southern end of Cozumel Island. This small mayan ruin is interesting to see, but is rather unimpressive by itself. Definitely worth a stop on the way to the lighthouse.

It owes its name to the shells that crown the dome of the temple, decorated with four rows of natural shells embedded in the stucco. It is also known as Caracol Tomb, because of its small size and shape that resembles a burial mound. From this place, you can enjoy an exceptional view of the sea of Punta Sur.
Written 1 February 2019
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Don P
Dallas, TX14,494 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
The ruins of this small Mayan temple is just off the road. It is not particularly impressive and typical of Mayan ruins seen many other places in the Yucatan.
Written 4 March 2018
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msexplores
London, UK131 contributions
Oct 2016
If you're into history and ruins, this is an interesting place to check out.
Involves walking, so wear comfortable shoes.
Written 7 September 2017
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Ruby1329
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May 2016 • Friends
Neat to see but very small! The eco park is about 15-20 per person to get into. Neat to do once but not sure if come back!
Written 11 April 2017
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Robert L
Marietta, GA69 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Got tired of hanging around the hotel, so we rented a jeep and took a drive around the island. Driving to El Caracol from the El Presidente was a snap. There is an older road that parallels the coast. It is one way, and has few cars. Takes about 45 minutes. The downside is that you can't really see the beach from road until you get to the park. Admission is $14 per adult. The beach is beautiful, but in most places you can't swim in the water. It is a turtle preserve. There are some Mayan ruins to visit, a lighthouse to climb, and a lagoon/swamp to tour by boat. We stopped for a few brews at Papitas. Beach was beautiful. They had snorkel gear for rent. Unfortunately to swim in the bay, they required you to wear a life jacket, which was an additional $7. All in all, nice afternoon. Check it out!
Written 24 March 2017
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Joe S
Sturgis, SD651 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
It is a small mayan ruin but it is still worth taking the time to see and check out. Also since it is included with the park entrance fee. Plus you can also go to the lagoon look out platform that is on the other side of the road. I enjoy nature and other cultures so I'm glad we stopped here.
Written 8 February 2017
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James M
Rocky Mountain House, Canada32 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
We decided to take a tour of Cozumel Island, one of the best choices we made during our 14 day stay in Playa Del Carmen. It started off with a ferry ride to Cozumel, the ride was good as the sea was calm (approximately 35 min) and our guide Pablo made sure all of our concerns were addressed. Once we arrived we were taken to our modified tour bus. water and beverages were served as it was very warm and humid. Our first stop along the way was Zona Arqueológica El Caracol were we could see the untouched beauty of the area and it's wildlife. We were also able to see what would have been an early lighthouse. only the top of it is exposed as it is believed to be buried up to 50' due to the influence of the sea and time. then it was off to Punta Sur Beach for a lunch buffet and a swim, the food was excellent. Our last stop before heading back to the port in Cozumel was Faro Celarain, the South Point Lighthouse. I took the opportunity to climb the 133 stairs to the top and was rewarded with spectacular views for pictures. There is also a history museum there to see the past lighthouses that stood there and the history of the area. Finally, it was back to Cozumel for snorkeling and tequila tasting.... yum yum. The shop keeper was very pleasant and created many flavorful shots for us to try, we loved the chocolate and peanut mix as it tasted like Reese's Pieces.... so we bought a bottle of each for back at home this Christmas. Back to the ferry we went for a smooth ride back to the mainland that we were grateful for considering how much tequila we drank. Our guide Pablo was very informative, polite and friendly. If we are ever back this way again, we will return to the Island for another day of adventure.
Written 12 December 2016
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