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Becan Ruins

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Address: Xpujil Town 24640, Mexico
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Becan is the most exciting Mayan archeological site near Xpujil, Campeche

Becan is besides Rio Bec the most important archeological site in the Mayan stile known as "Rio Bec". While the latter is not really open to the public, and not officially... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Becan is besides Rio Bec the most important archeological site in the Mayan stile known as "Rio Bec". While the latter is not really open to the public, and not officially accessible, Rio Bec is near a federal highway and a small village. The splendid pre-columbian architecture that can be seen, make it one of the best secondary Mayan sites... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

This is a lovely site in the middle of the jungle close to Chicanna and Xpujil. Hardly anyone else there as it's quite off the beaten track, but it's well worth the visit. Again you can climb the pyramids here, if you dare.

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Aalst, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Becán is an archaeological site of the Maya civilization in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. It is located near the center of the Yucatán Peninsula, in the present-day Mexican state of Campeche, about 150 km north of Tikal. The name Becan was bestowed on the site by archaeologists who rediscovered the site, meaning "ravine or canyon formed by water" in Yukatek Maya, after... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Not that easy to get to but once you get there you'll see it is totally worth it. 2 hrs drive from Xpujil (near town from Calakmul with phone signal, gas station etc, there are other towns such as conhuas but no wifi. I stayed at Hotel Maya Balam, low price and excellent amenities. Recommended to get a guide once... More 

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Orebro, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

This little Maya-ruin-town is right in the middle of the jungle and very much like you expect a ruin to be from movies and pictures. Come in the afternoon for moody sunlight filtering through the canopy. Here you can climb a pyramid, it is steep, but a sturdy rope helps you keep your balance. The view over the jungle is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

In our journey, we didn't plan to go to Cobra, so we thought we miss a chance to climb the pyramids. The tour guide bought us here, and when we saw the rope, we were so excited and to climb up. On the top of the pyramid, beautiful view including tropical forest, other unexcavated ruins, workers climb up to clear... More 

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Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

What I love about this ruin is that there are so many buildings that are visible on each side with courtyard areas between. It is legend that when you wale through the tunnel in my photo, you come out 10 years younger! Definitely worth a visit. You can climb every ruin, and there are at least four grand pyramids.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

This is a nicely restored and maintained site that is an excellent example of Mayan architecture. This site has some uniqueness with some pyramids with curved corners. You can climb most pyramids and let the kid explorer in you take over here. It is only a short distance from Xpujil and well worth a stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Huge, majestic and beautiful. Excelent option to visit. Lots of accesible ruins with fantastic views. You really get the feeling of exploring something that is not as commercial as Tulum or Chichenitza.

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Maryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Becan Mayan ruins is an old but small Mayan site. Becan was already occupied around 550 BC, and grew to a major ceremonial center a few centuries later. Around 250 AD, a defensive dry moat was constructed around the city center. It is one of the oldest defensive systems in Mexico, The site itself is quite close to the other... More 

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