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Caracol - Punta Sur
Gets its name from the shells that decorate the cupola on the roof of a small temple.
In the main ecological reserve of the island of Cozumel, off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, there is a temple whose roof ends in the shape of a shell, decorated with four rows of shells stuck into the stucco. This unique decoration makes it worth a visit.
About the site
A complex of structures built in the east-coast style including the remains of two main temples, whose roofs have collapsed, but might have been vaulted. The El Caracol ("Shell") building is very close to these. It was a small temple with a vaulted roof and four doors, three of whose sides were subsequently enclosed within a larger building. On the roof there is a small square shrine with four openings and a hole above, which was finished in the shape of a shell decorated with four lines of real shells set into the stucco.
1200 - 1500

Posclásico Tardío

Practical information
Temporarily closed,Requires reservation
Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 17:00 hrs

Free entry


  • Extra fee for video cameras
  • Extra fee for professional cameras
  • No Smoking
  • No entry with food
  • Pets not allowed
Se localiza en el extremo sur de la isla de Cozumel, a 30 km del poblado de San Miguel y 1.3 km al noreste del faro de Punta Celarain. El sitio se encuentra dentro de la reserva ecológica de Punta Sur, administrado por la misma fundación. Desde la Cd. de San Miguel de Cozumel, puede accederse fácilmente siguiendo la carretera perimetral hacia el sur de la isla.

Access is via the Cozumel perimeter road.

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Adriana Velázquez Morlet
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En la mayor reserva ecológica de la isla de Cozumel, en el Caribe mexicano, se encuentra un templo cuyo techo tiene un remate en forma de caracol, ornamentado con cuatro hileras de caracoles naturales empotrados en el estuco. Esta decoración, única en la zona, hace muy recomendable su visita.
In the main ecological reserve of the island of Cozumel, off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, there is a temple whose roof ends in the shape of a shell, decorated with four rows of shells stuck into the stucco. This unique decoration makes it worth a visit.
Recibe este nombre por los caracoles que ornamentan la cúpula que corona la techumbre de un pequeño templo.
Gets its name from the shells that decorate the cupola on the roof of a small temple.

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