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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. Put Calakmul Archaeological Zone and other Calakmul attractions into our Calakmul itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • If coming from Campeche (the west), make sure you fill up one last time in Escarcega. There are NO gas station from there to Calakmul and back. The next gas station is about 30-40 minutes past the exi...  more »
  • A huge site with magnificent views and landscapes of all beauties, but to deserve. Indeed, after an hour thirty road, after don't post entry through the slot wood nature reserve, it finally manages the site of Calakmul. Once there he must put aside his Vertigo to mount an assault on the pyramid number 2, only 55 meters of altitude. For Vertigo topics take on the left part of the building the climb is much simpler! Once at the top a superb view is offered to you on your left the pyramid number 1 and you face the structure number 6. You just come down and get back on the aforementioned structures. To finish and leave a bit of fun to discover I would no more. This site is probably my favorite and worth a visit.
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  • From the top of its pyramids the jungle view as far as the eye takes your breath away. A bit of a trek to get to but well worth dealing with 60 km of rough road. To appreciate, even if someone he will twist the nose, the total absence of kiosks or local refreshment. Bring water, tanta, and dress in layers, the humidity here is really high and things to climb.
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