We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Mexico
Today
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén...
Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 184 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 155
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Most recent review
A place to reconnect with nature, with the jungle...

Aside from the ruins, which are majestic, my kids get to see two types of monkeys, several species of precious birds, a wild turkey which was very wild (it had a fight with our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
VBR2014
,
Mexico City, Mexico
Add Photo Write a Review

184 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mexico City, Mexico
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Aside from the ruins, which are majestic, my kids get to see two types of monkeys, several species of precious birds, a wild turkey which was very wild (it had a fight with our car, with no damage to the car, but a good experience for the kids), and above all, when you are at the top of the pyramid,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

You travel for an hour along a bumpy road and the walk for 30 mins to see very little. Other places nearby have so much more to offer. We didn't understand why it's so famous!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Maybe you think Chichen Itza is the best of Maya culture, but is not. Calakmul is huge and was, with Tikal (Guatemala) the tow capitals of the mayan classic period. Calakmul is in the first mix Biosphere Reserve and archeological site in México. The site is 60 Km inside of the reserve, about 1 hr from the main road and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
The Hague, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Calakmul is a one of a kind experience, not to be missed! situated in jungle settings with amazing nature surroundings. To fully experience this archeological site in Campeche you need a full day and to start early. Then you might spot some wildlife too! Climb the piramids for an amazing view

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

An interesting 50 mile trip through jungle, going slowly to see the wildlife, you arrive at the Mayan ruins. The site is in many ways as spectacular as Chichen Nitza, as it is totally unspoilt, overgrown with forest, and with few tourists. Wildlife is spectacular, with many birds and monkeys. Not a site probably for visitors with walking difficulties, although... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We stayed at Hotel Maya Balam in Xpujil who helped organize our trek to the ruins. We paid $1250 mx to have an all day driver which included water, sandwiches and fruits, and the 3 fees you need to pay to get to the ruins, and a ride to wherever we wanted to go after Calakmul. These ruins are in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Studio City
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Get there before it becomes a hot spot for tourists. You can still climb all of the ruins and the views are stunning. Well worth the drive and time on our Yucatan loop. We went with our two young children and saw lots of monkeys, toucans, and other birds. I wished I had done a little more research about the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
38 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This is one of the greatest sites in my opinion. It has the highest temple with views of Guatemala (if the weather is good). It is a very long ride from the main road on a narrow, sometimes very bumpy (dirt) road, so be sure that you visit in the right season. It will take you 1,5 to 2 hours... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We wen't to three Mayan archaeological sites on our trip, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Calakmul. The last was by far the best over the first two for four main reasons. Firstly, you were able to climb all of the ruins, giving you spectacular views over the jungle. Secondly, there are very few tourists at the site, maybe two dozen tourists... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 11
Sistranda, Norway
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

The site opens at 0800. Start early, its a 90 minute 60km drive south into the jungle towards Guatemala. Wandering almost alone amongst the ruins and climbing the two tall pyramids for an eagle eye view of the jungle. We saw and heard the common howling monkeys but also saw a rare Tucan. The site is worth seing!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Calakmul also viewed

Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula
Campeche, Campeche
 

Been to Calakmul? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Calakmul and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Calakmul staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?