Calakmul Archaeological Zone, Campeche

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Within Mexico's largest tract of tropical jungle lies Calakmul Archaeological Zone, site of one of the largest and most powerful Mayan cities. In 1931, excavation here unearthed temples, burial crypts, and over 6,000 buildings of the ancient city. Climb two of the tallest Mayan pyramids ever discovered, and enjoy the views from atop. Count over 120 stelae (commemorative stone slabs), more than at any other Mayan site; some date back to 435 CE. The region surrounding the site is rich in wildlife, including spider monkeys, anteaters, and countless species of birds. Plan to visit Calakmul Archaeological Zone and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Calakmul attractions using our Calakmul trip maker site .
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  • This was not planned but I’m so glad we made the detour. The 60km road (one way) is narrow and full of potholes. Reserve at least 1h for one way. Remember to fill up since there are no services in the...  more »
  • The coolest thing about all the UNMISSABLE but indescribable atmosphere Had tired to live second by second ... fit in and never will leave you ... hurry before it becomes this the usual tourist Park
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  • Calakmul is a spectacular place! A reserve and archaeological site in one place. It is about 3 hours away from Campeche, but it's worth every mile. Get ready to walk and climb the pyramids. From the parking lot are like two kilometers to reach the first areas where really any archaeological remnant, but there is a footpath and is easy to reach. Then just walking and let yourself be carried away by sound and sight, do not forget to climb the pyramids, above you will have an incomparable view. On the way we saw a jaguar, wild boars, monkeys, turkeys and many birds. Take water, sunscreen and insect repellent of mosquitoes. Don't sell anything there. The entrance baths are clean and have toilet paper and SOAP. In short, don't miss the opportunity to go. Truly a marvel of our culture.
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