Ancient Supercity of Caracol and Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Tour & Lunch
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Imagine you are a logger out for a stroll in the forest. You've been here before, but there's a spot that you've never noticed, so you head over for a look. And see Manhattan. Thousands of buildings, miles of road, but no people, just the birds, monkeys, and other creatures who've made it their home since nature reclaimed it. You don't know that it was called Manhattan; no one knew it ever existed. But here it is.
It was 1938; the logger's name was Rosa Mai. And the abandoned city in the Belize rainforest was Caracol. It would turn out to cover more than twice the area of Manhattan, and was, in its time, just as important culturally and economically. But it came with its own military.
You'd think that a city with well-built residential areas, sports arenas, government buildings, a water system, places of worship, vast plazas and marketplaces, an advanced network of radiating causeways, and an astronomical observatory couldn't just disappear. But Caracol did. For almost a thousand years. And you'd think that with a peak population of around 150,000, someone would have said, "Hey! Before we leave for good, let's explain why. Because people will wonder."
But no one did, so we don't know why. The citizens of this Mesoamerican Manhattan seem to have just ... lost interest. Maybe they had enough of life in the big city. And moved to the Mayan equivalent of the suburbs.
The empire strikes back
You're not a real empire until you've clobbered a stronger empire. For centuries, Caracol was under the thumb of Tikal, 60 miles east. A war in 556 sealed the deal. But Caracol struck back just six years later, conquering Tikal and using the spoils to fund its impressive building projects. It was the first of what Maya historians call "star wars," after inscriptions in Caracol recording military victories as celestial events.
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