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Calakmul

Address: Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Campeche
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Ancient Mayan city historians now believe to have been bigger than Chichén Itzá.
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Barnstaple, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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 

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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 

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Studio City
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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146 reviews 146 reviews
38 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 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 

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 

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Sistranda, Norway
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
25 helpful votes 25 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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