Comalcalco trip planner
Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free
Things to do: sightseeing, museums, historic sites
Comalcalco is both a modern-day city located in Comalcalco Municipality about 45 miles (60 km) northwest of Villahermosa in the Mexican state of Tabasco and a Pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site. The literal English translation of "Comalcalco" is "In the house of the comals". A comal is a pan used to prepare food.DemographyThe present-day city of Comalcalco reported a 2005 census population of 39,865 inhabitants, while the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat had a population of 173,773. The city is the third-largest community in the state of Tabasco, behind Villahermosa and Cárdenas. The municipality, which has an area of 723.19 km² (279.225 sq mi), includes many smaller outlying communities, the largest of which are Tecolutilla, Chichicapa, Aldama, and Miguel Hidalgo.Archaeological siteThe site of Comalcalco, whose coordinates are 18°16′N 93°10′W, is notable for two characteristics. First, it is the westernmost known Maya settlement. Second, and due to a dearth of locally available limestone (the primary material used in architectural construction), the city's buildings were made from fired-clay bricks held together with mortar made from oyster shells. The use of bricks at Comalcalco was unique among Maya sites, and many of them are decorated with iconography and/or glyphs. Important architectural features include the northern plaza and two pyramids, the Gran Acropolis and the Acropolis Este.Take a peek at our world travel planner: Comalcalco and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Comalcalco
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Top tours for Comalcalco
Best things to do in Comalcalco
Millions of travel reviews
Where to stay
Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
Extend your holiday
Visit top cities near Comalcalco:
Recently planned trips to Tabasco
12 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Tabasco BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Tabasco BY A USER FROM MEXICO December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Central Mexico and Gulf Coast BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Villahermosa, Palenque & San Cristobal de las Casas BY A USER FROM ISRAEL November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 45 days in Mexico BY A USER FROM GREECE October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans