El Caracol is thought to be a Maya lighthouse built between 1200 and 1400 A.D. that also served as a hurricane warning system. Strategically placed openings whistle when the wind blows and the Maya were able to tell what type of weather was approaching. The stronger the wind, the higher the pitch. Candles placed inside turned the structure into a lighthouse guiding pilgrims and traders safely to shore. The ruins are now part of the Parque Punta Sur nature reserve. The USD10 entrance fee includes a guided tour to the ruin.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 07:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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