El Caracol

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El Caracol is thought to be a Maya lighthouse built between 1200 and 1400 CE 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 entrance fee includes a guided tour to the ruin, but you must arrange your visit in advance.

Location:  Parque Punta Sur, (where Costera Sur Highway meets Costera Este Highway)

Business hours:  Mo-Su 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.