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Calakmul Archaeological Zone

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Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

If you're traveling to the Yucatan for more than a week, make sure to head down to these hidden Mayan ruins in the middle of the jungle. I would actually SKIP Chichen Itza and do these ruins instead. Unless you're the type that needs modern...More

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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Calakmul is about halfway between Escarcega and Xpuhil on highway 186 in the Calakmul Nature Reserve. Just after you turn south off the highway, you have to pay 30 pesos per person plus 56 pesos per car to use the road. You drive about 20...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Calakmul is a Maya archaeological site in the Mexican state of Campeche, deep in the jungles of the greater Petén Basin region. It is 35 kilometres from the Guatemalan border. Calakmul was one of the largest and most powerful ancient cities ever uncovered in the...More

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Reviewed 10 September 2018

We're a family of 4 (2 kids 7&9) and we visited Calakmul mid-August. Most of the posts here cover almost all that needs to be known for a visit by adults, therefore I'll concentrate on the "with kids" part. Lodging: we decided to stay at...More

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Reviewed 8 September 2018

Located between Chetumal the capital of quintana roo and Escarcega, this awesome maya site that boasts the highest temples of the area is situated in the biosphere of the same name Calakmul wich means two temples together referring to the building number 2 and the...More

Thank Salvador O
Reviewed 10 August 2018

The bird’s-eye view picture of Calakmul pyramids printed on the back of a INAH ticket looks so good that one can’t even think of not visiting it. Yet we've seen over 40 pre-Columbian sites in Mexico and Calakmul was the only major disappointment. It has...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is a place that still looks intact and virgin. Compared with Chichen-Itza in Calakmul you dont see the crowds neither the thousand vendors. Here you can feel history, the jungle, the energy that surrounds all squares. Im glad that INAH doesnt allow vendors here....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Calakmul is an amazing place. Word has gotten out, so there are more visitors these days, probably about 20 people the day we were there, still, far fewer people than at Chichen Itza or Coba. There’s a big “Welcome” gate being constructed right off Highway...More

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

The best thing I can tell you is to read and heed everything you see in these reviews. The road from the Chetumal-Escacerga highway really is 60km and could have hundreds of potholes. It could take 90 minutes or 3 hours. There really are NO...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

I want to tell you to stay away from this place because the thought of it turning into another Palenque or Chichen Itza fills my heart with sadness. I want to tell you that it wasn't the absolute highlight of a two week trip through...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Amazing place with very few tourists. Probably has to do with the location and that it is a bit complicated to reach without renting a car but it's not too bad and it pays off a100 times. Our favourite stop so far in Mexico, the...More

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Reviewed 27 January 2018

This is the second time I've been there. Although it is not very accessible because it is far from the cities with an airport, it is worth taking the time to go, you just have to take into account that you have to be prepared...More

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Hi Dave - it was at the akalki spa in Bacalar, a good 2 hours drive. There are towns nearby Calakmul which will provide cheap lodging as opposed to Akalki which was 200$ per night dependant on time of year (well worth it... More
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