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Calakmul

Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 20 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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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Such a special place! Set in the Calakmul Biosphere, these ruins are among the less visited in the Yucatan Peninsula, making them a truly undiscovered gem. About an hour and a half away from the main road, they can be reached (only by private transportation) via a route in pretty good conditions which will take you through the amazing and... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place was incredible. This is what reviewers made Palenque sound like, except that we actually were not as impressed as we expected to be with Palenque. That said, this place lives up to the hype! You can climb on all the structures and they are super tall. Amazing views from the tops of the pyramids- above the treetops and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Calakmul is particularly special partly because there are so few visitors - so you'll probably have the whole place to yourself - and because it really has the feel of being deep into unexplored, uninhabited forest. And that's partly true, because it's more than two hours drive from the main road the 186, down a narrow lane that becomes a... More

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
2 reviews
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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29 attraction reviews
196 helpful votes 196 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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