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Calakmul Archaeological Zone, Campeche
(4.7/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Calakmul Archaeological Zone and other Calakmul attractions into our Calakmul itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Site that deserves... 1 h 30 drive from the gate of entry for access to the archaeological site, road "" not very wide, but with a big potholes... speed of 30 km/h. Plan a picnic and water because nothing on the spot. No seller of memories either. On site 3 routes possible, well marked, the longest is about 3 hours. Same route for the return. Cost 177 pesos / person.
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  • The archaeological site is within the nature reserve of the same name to reach it must travel 60 km approx. by a path of two parts the first part from the road at the entrance of the reserve of the biosphere is two-lane road with several holes in it and the second part of the entrance to the reserve the ZA boils down to what would be lane and a half so you should go with caution since also the road has more curves than the first part. On both sides you can find specimens of the local fauna along the way. (oco pheasant, peacocks, agouti, monkeys) while thickens the average reserve forest. The archaeological area is majestic and imposing. Has with the largest number of stelae localized for a site maya. The view from the structure two is in film. Account with several trails (short, medium, long) so can take it depending on your degree of interest and physical condition. It would be almost perfect if it wasn't for some details: is very expensive; you pay the entrance to local residents, then pay the entrance to the reserve and hence to pay entrance to the ZA. Do not sell water or food in the ZA. Missing more road signs.
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  • Great place. With a natural and less overrated than other site. Reach the top of the great pyramid you have views of the jungle. There's nothing but nothing 90 km has the round. Obligatory passage. Superb.
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