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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.
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One of four Mayan sites we visited - and, by far, the most enigmatic and interesting. Calakmul is a massive site in the southern Yucatan, not far from the Guatemalan border - a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

One of four Mayan sites we visited - and, by far, the most enigmatic and interesting. Calakmul is a massive site in the southern Yucatan, not far from the Guatemalan border - a rival city to Tikal. At this point only a relatively small number of the buildings have been even partially excavated - but they are fully accessible. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

These ruins are in a huge protected reserve. It doesnt have a lot of tourists, its not "cleaned up" like Chichen Itza or Uxmal, they still let the trees grow through the ruins, it is amazingly beautiful, there are hundreds of animals there, even Jaguars (we didnt see any, but they are there. Our guide was Jesus, he spoke with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great site, quite hard to access, you must have a car, but worth the two hour drive from Km 0 to get there. Amazing views over the jungle canopy from the top of the temples. Would recommend taking a guide. We had a good one, her name was Nubia Damian, tel. +52 9831341300 We saw several birds and animals. Off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The best views. Best pyramids, much better then Chichen itza. Took us 6hours to get there but truly worth every minute. Stayed in a little hotel/cabins by the gate to enter. Fully recommend staying there

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Between Palenque,Calakmul and Tikal, I prefer calakmul. Located in the mittle of a wildlife reserve, it is calm, peaceful but hard to get to. Climb up the two tallest temples and on a clear day you might see Tikal! The view is incredible!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Impressive arqueological site in middle of jungle With monkeys jumping around in the trees. Need to walk a little to reach pyramids. Worth climbing up but be careful really narrow high Steps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Going to Calakmul was an amazing experience. It was a long drive, a lot of down a winding two-way road that was really narrow; there were times we dreaded meeting another vehicle travelling the other way. When we arrived was paid our entrance fee, and got ready to start our hike through the jungle to the ruins. We were approached... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We made this into a day trip from chetumal, which was a bit ambitious. But well worth the trip. Hidden down a windy road deep in the forest gives you a greater sense of the importance of the ruins. Your still able to climb these ruins which provides awesome views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Be prepared for a long drive! We visited here from Xpujil which was the closest hotel we could find and it was about 2 hours from there. The site itself was well preserved and if you are lucky you will see some of the local wildlife while roing the site. As well as the long drive down a small jungle... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We had a great time visiting this park in March 2015. It's amazingly beautiful, off the tourist path and has great Mayan ruins and lots of animals. However, I wouldn't recommend staying at the Yaax'che camp at 6km. The staff was nice and the services are basic and functional (though very expensive for what they offer). The trouble came when... More 

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