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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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  • The zone archaeological of Calakmul not is as popular as area tourist by that the access is difficult. The nearest town is xpujil and there are 60 km to the entrance to the ejido where they charge you 50 pesos per person to enter, then another 20 km through to another entrance to the biosphere reserve where 62 per person charge. Through another 40km on a road more narrowly restricted speed because they pass animals that live in the rainforest and at the end when you reach the archaeological site are other 65 pesos per person and a total of travel 2hrs30min. But from the way you already enjoy. The landscape is beautiful, is very exciting to be in the middle of the jungle. The archaeological zone runs from 2 to 5 hours depending on the route taken, we spent 4 hours in the area. But the best is to climb the pyramids and see all the rainforest and the distribution of other pyramids, listening to howler monkeys and see many species of animals. It is an experience that I recommend living at least once in life. We do not hire guide service that we didn't have enough cash. But the truth is that if you need it. If you have the opportunity to pay a guide, do so. Also they know in which areas is safe to enter, know to communicate with animals and know the history and the Mayan culture. To endure and enjoy the tour it is essential to take repellent for mosquitoes, the off is serving, the citronella will not serve much and should be putting followed by sweat dropped and the GNATS leverage, have to carry water and snacks in the place they do not sell and the heat is intense, and spent much energy. Bring comfortable shoe, preferably boots for hiking since the floor is slippery by moisture and have to walk a lot.
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  • Having the chance to walk by all pyramids upload and be able to enjoy those views and feel what our Mayan ancestors have left us not have price in Mexico is the best I've seen makes a lot heat... must go prepared with water food and of course just in case mosquito repellent
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  • For me the best Maya experience from the Calakmul gave one great sites that we visited. It gives a bit of that feeling by the remote location and the Explorer by forest overgrown temples. In that sense, I did also to Angkor Wat thinking. The site is located approximately 60 km drive south of highway 186. The exit is clearly marked. During the way you pay three times a few euros. The second part of the road is full of potholes and you should be on the side for oncoming traffic. Also there may be a tree half over the road and there may be all kinds of animals on the road running and crawling. For me all part of the fun. It is with the (rental) car good to do, but keep your eyes always on the road and count on 1.5 hour drive. You can drive all the way to the entrance of the park. On site you have a toilet, but you can not buy. So for enough food and drink for the whole day next to your bugs and sun-protection. The archaeological zone is gigantic and even though there is only a small part is open to the public is that even though great. You can there are routes of different length run across mostly shady paths. There are grab and bite 20 buildings. In the whole area there are remains of more than 6000 buildings found. With 3 hours you have, however, seen the most. The two crowd pullers (structure 1 and 2) are gigantic and the hefty climb delivers a sublime view over the jungle. You only see jungle and what ruins to the horizon in Guatemala. Structure 13 is well worth it and gives views of 1 and 2. Don't expect not slick restored buildings such as in Chichen Itza, but with vegetation overgrown ruins in varying condition. It seems that many animals or very early or after two hours. Arrive just after noon is therefore the most practical. We saw the two monkey species and most birds indeed until after 14:00. Would you like to get away from everything and a unique uitgekauwde not Maya experience, then you have to go to Calakmul.
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