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Calakmul

Address: Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 22 Attractions in Campeche
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Owner description: Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Cultural
Owner description: Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
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Sistranda, Norway
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78 reviews 78 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

To call them breathtaking is an understatement. They are breathtaking in more ways then one, as anyone who has climbed to the top of the El Castillo pyramid at Chicken Itza will know. The sheer steep steps up these remarkable structures are not for those trying out their stamina for the first time, but after you have gazed in wonder... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

With my friends we visited Calakmul last month. It is really worth to take the 60 km road and enter the jungle. We had a young guide who took us to the area, showed us a plenty of animals and so on... crocodiles, monkeys, etc.

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Helsinki, Finland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I am just,returning from Calakmul, is wonderful. Perfectly preserved, few benefits of service in the name of preserving the place, but enough to let passers see the greatness of the Maya work and the magnificent Mayan jungle Calakmul. The diversity of ecosystems, the variety of animal and plant species and enjoy a quiet and safe park like no way. A... More 

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Merida, Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Huge ruins, deer, boars, monkeys, turkeys, lots of birds - stay at the Rio Bec Dreams hotel to get the best experience.

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nantes
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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We take a private driver from xpujil because now the taxi are forbiden in calakmul. We book with abel : abel_simo@outlook.com. The cost is 1000 pesos to see calakmul, balamku and chicana. I think that you may do a tour with calakmul and becan. Calakmul is a site in jungle and you can visit everything in 3h15. Climbing at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Wow words cant describe how amazing this place actually is! It is definately a bit of a mission to get to, but that is part of what makes it such a incredible place. There are no tourist buses around, infact we only saw 2 other people the entire time we were there! The best part is being able to climb... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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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
17 helpful votes 17 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 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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