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Calakmul

Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Campeche
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites
Description: Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
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Longueuil, Canada
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193 reviews 193 reviews
27 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Calakmul, an UNESCO Heritage site, is one of the major Mayan archaeological sites of the Yucatan and is not to be missed, if you have the time...and a car! Located in southern Campeche state, it does take a bit of doing to get there, since it's some 40 miles off the main highway, through thick jungle on a very narrow... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Not just Calakmul itself but other local ruins such as Chicana, Becan, Xpujil and Balamku are worth visits. This was the centre of the the Mayan world in Mexico before environmental changes and wars reduced the population of the Maya by 2/3 and forced them northwards. Ironically, because this region is so remote, its impressive and classical Maya ruins get... More

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Victoria
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The one and a half hour drive in off the highway is worth every minute. Go early in the morning and find yourself in your own personal paradise, a photographers dream. Do your homework on the site before you arrive because there is no interpretative map to help you find your way around. Monkeys above our heads, and a lot... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The remoteness of Calakmul, including the 60 km trip from the entrance to the site, draws some and discourages others. You're going to need a full day - don't think that you can just run in and out! And don't go just for the ruins - you may be disappointed - but equally for the wildlife. The long ride in... More

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Peer, Belgium
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Calakmul is deep in the jungle. Located far off the beaten track in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. After you pay the entrance fee, it is another 60 km until you reach the site. This place is fantastic, an experience to remember forever. It's in the middle of the forest, and when you climb the biggest structures you tower over the jungle... More

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013 via mobile

These ruins truly outshone all the other major ruins in Campeche and in Tulum that I've seen. Since it is the second largest protected reserve in Latin America, the view of the surrounding selva is incredible. The ruins tower over the tall trees and you feel like you're on top of the world: something I'll never forget! You can see... More

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Mexico
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The ruins of Calakmul are of great archeological importance and you can see beautiful jade masks found there in the archeological museum of Campeche. But the site itself is vast with many pyramids and plazas, but there is nothing particularly noteworthy to see. What makes things with, is that by a misguided idea of ecology the plazas have been left... More

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Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This place is beyond fantastical, an experience to remember forever. It's in the middle of the forest, and when you climb the biggest structures you tower over the jungle as far as the eye can see. It's a huge place, and the site is only partly excavated, who knows how big it really is. During my visit I only stumbled... More

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Wiltshire UK
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Heavy rain cut short our visit, but we loved the remoteness and quiet of these ruins. There are two particularly large pyramids that you can climb, and one has a great view of the other rising up out of the jungle; no other signs of human habitation can be seen! Quite a large site and no drinks or food available.... More

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Cancun, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

From Palenque (Chiapas) we wonted to visit Calakmul ruins (Campeche) on our way to the Bacalar Lagoon (Quintana Roo). We managed to do it in 1 day. We left at 7am from Palenque with a taxi cab. I searched the whole day b4 in Palenque to find a taxi with a decent price and finally I got it for 3500... More

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