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Calakmul

Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Campeche
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This archaeological site requires commitment to visit. It is truly out of the way and needs an entire day to visit. From the main road 186 it is a 3 hour drive down a very challenging and beautiful road through a magnificent bio-reserve. This is not for the casual tourist but for individuals with a heart for adventure and beauty.... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We visited the place on 19 June 2014. It is definately a "Must see" place. We stayed at a very good hotel, Maya Balam. 60km drive to the site is very rough.

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Mexico City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Calakmul is the 2nd Biosphere Reserve of Latin America, just behind the Amazonia.... We slept at Puerta Calkmul Hotel just in the outskirts of the Biosphere. We left at 6.30am to start with a bird-watch and flora/fauna walk that gave us the chance to see Toucans, Howler Monkeys, Geckos, Ocelated Turkeys and a great variety of Birds. Then we took... More

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Longueuil, Canada
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205 reviews 205 reviews
29 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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
8 helpful votes 8 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 helpful votes 3 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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