Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec

Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec, Calakmul

Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec
5
Write a review
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

5.0
45 reviews
Excellent
38
Very good
5
Average
2
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Reefers
NY65 contributions
Spending the day with Humberto Dzib Tun was the highlight of our vacation.
Humberto led us on an ATV 15 thrilling kilometers into the jungle on a flooded trail to visit the fascinating Rio Bec ruins. Being alone at this wild and beautiful place was awe inspiring. Humberto shared his extensive knowledge of the site, jungle and his Mayan heritage. He even procured some "Mayan medicine" straight from the jungle for our ails.
Upon returning, Humberto's family treated us to the most delicious home cooked lunch including tortillas fresh from the fire.
After a siesta, Humberto took us to Volcan de los Murcielagos (Volcano of Bats) cave for another unforgettable experience. At dusk, millions (literally) of bats form a tornado exiting a dry cenote.
Don't miss the chance to book an adventure with Humberto. He and his family are beautiful and kind
(We found his WhatsApp number on his Facebook page. He is very responsive and accommodating.)
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Donald D
San Francisco, California205 contributions
I came to the Xpujil, Campeche, Mexico area to visit Calakmul Archaeo-Site & Biosphere Reserve for a guided tour. I ended staying for a 3 extra days. I stayed at Rio Becs Dream Hotel about 12 kilometer west of Xpujil town along highway 186. The guided tour for Calakmul Ruins, Museum, & Wildlife was fun and informative. I also visited other sites along highway 186 near Xpujil on my own. I rented a car from Chetamul Airport in Quintana Roo and drove to Xpujil. From my Rio Becs Dream hotel I drove to Archaeo-Sites Hormiguerra, Becan, Chicanna, & Xpuhil itself. There are easy to read signs along highway 186 to direct you to sites. While visiting the archaeo-sites I learned from the signs on display (many are in English & Spanish) that the ruins in the area a specific to the area and called "Rio Bec Style." The structures are distinct and unique. At Xpuhil site there was a triple tower structure. The stairs that ran up the pyramid were built too steep for actual use. They were built for decorative purpose. There are mutliple chambers for you to investigate. These less visited sites are open you enter and observe close up. You see the details up close and get a real feel for architecture and how the ancient Mayans used these structures. The number of sites really struck me. The number of people who inhabited the area. Their ability to create a society/community to support so many people and their relatively high quality of their life. One structure at Chicanna site had a central entrance carved in the shape of the pan-mesoamerican mythical earth monster with its mouth open. A similar structure is reproduced at the Museum of Anthropology and History at Mexcio City. The weather in the area is extremely hot and humid and wore me out quickly. I would suggest to bring drinking water and small snacks to keep yourself going and alert. I was sweating so much I could barely keep my eyes opens from my own stinging sweat. These sites are open and you can really explore the area. You need to be careful, and climb these structures with care. Especially when you descend down the steep pyramids. The stairs are uneven due to centuries of erosion. If you hurt yourself there maybe no one to help you for hours. I carry a larger full-frame dslr camera with a shoulder strap. My camera would swing around dangerously, so I had to hold it constantly with one hand. I would have felt better if I had some type of bag/harness that secured my camera close to my body, so that I could use both of my hands to help me climb the structures. Just be careful. You are on vacation. Enjoy the sites. Don't get hurt. On my last day I stopped at Kohunlich Archaeo-site East of Xpujil on highway 186. Kohunlich is 9 kilometer south of highway 186. I accidentally took the wrong turn and ended up at Kohunlish Military Installation. The Kohunlich is surrounded by a wonderful jungle and the canopy keeps the hot sun from beating down you. The palm trees are amazing. Their palm leaves are huge. Two structures at Kohunlich is a must-see. The palace of masks and palace with 27 stairs. The sun exposure is intense. I used sunscreen. I wore a hat which really helped. I also wore long-sleeve shirt, full-length pants, and hiking shoes. Many tourists wore sandals, short-sleeve shirts, and short pants. They seem to do fine, whereas I sweat profusely. But I am surprised that others were not as concern with sunburn as I was. In addition, the Yucatan jungle is only second to the Amazon jungle with regards to biodiversity, so insect are numerous and their bites were my concerns. I was willing to suffer a little with sweating to avoid insect bites and sunburns. During my trip I did not see or hear any of the tourists complain about excessive sun exposure or insect bites.
Written August 13, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ron S
New York City, NY5,010 contributions
Family
Rio Bec is a Maya site located in the jungle of the Calakmul Biosphera Reserve. It hase no connection to Calakmul otherwise as they stand more that 100 km apart. The GPS routing to Rio Bec from Xpujil by going south Rt 269 past Hormiguero and then making a right turn is incorrect. The proper way to get to it is driving some 6-7 km east of Xpujil on Rt 186, make a right at the military checkpoint following the sign, drive thru a village called 20 de Novembre, and finally make another right onto a narrow dirt road or rather a clearing in the jungle which is passable only during the dry season. Aside from an occasional fallen tree the road condition is so bad that our 4x4 would skid and stall from time to time. Knowing the way to the site is essential as mahogany logging is the local cash crop and the road branches off to logging areas way too often to be comfortable guessing which turn to take. So if you're intent on doing it yourself you must know where you're going. Otherwise perish the thought. We hired a guide thru a tour agency although that was pretty expensive. If you have time you can go to the village and try arranging for a guide directly with the locals to save money.

The ruins are magnificent and well preserved. Only 4 small areas are excavated so far. Most likely you will be there all alone. Our guide had a good command of English and was very knowledgeable in Mayan history, architecture, glyphs, language, local fauna and flora, etc. The tour takes 5 to 6 hours (over 3 hours of driving).


OT: I stopped writing reviews on TA since past summer as TA editors, being the jackasses that they are, deleted some of my reviews for not adhering to their standards even though some of those reviews were marked as helpful by other TA readers. But of course TA editors in their infinite wisdom know better what's helpful. So from now on I will write reviews only when I think the info may be important and helpful to other members. Sorry for making you read my rant.
Written March 15, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ArtistPabloSalvadorF
Bacalar, Mexico5 contributions
Couples
My girlfriend and I met hard-working Humberto at the Becan sites with no intent originally to visit Rio Bec, since I understood that the road requires a strong 4x4 ONLY and didn't know if I wanted to go there and sacrifice the 2 sites closer to Bacalar/Chetumal where I rented my car. I had already got his name at the visitor information hut in Xpujil, so when he met me kindly in the middle of Becan I had no visual, but when I talked to Humberto, he was very educational and eager to explain the significance of one of the largest Mayan sites almost entirely under Jungle cover forgotten by the flocks and masses of hapless tourists going to the same sites over and over. He explained that not only would we see Mayan sites of some of the most pristine architecture almost 15km into the Jungle, we would enjoy the ride through the deep Jungle because its an adventure that gets your mind away from all the worries and concerns you might have had leading up to it, he pointed out all the trees and was eager to explain the small things in life, like the significance of leaves for teas and remedies. Along the way through conversation, we found out Humberto is proud to be 100% off Mayan ancestry and knows his lineage and Mayan dynasty back 100 years, holds on to ancient tradition passed onto him from his grandparents and parents like knowing exactly where the sun and moon will shift on a daily basis and being able to tell time the Mayan way, and he'll show you. He knows dozens and dozens of sites still to be uncovered and able to be visited if you hire him on longer excursions. From my understanding, there IS NO ONE ELSE in his area that has the vehicles and the knowledge like Humberto does to take you miles and miles into the Jungle.
The touring experience with him includes, the cultural immersion, the 4x4 4 wheelers riding about 30km, the time at the site with no rush, waiting back at the base; a home fire-cooked Mayan meal cooked by his family with fresh tortillas and special foods historically done for special events by Mayan rulers. Humberto also told us that the experience could be completely added to, with camping, sunrise/sunset, advanced photography and video, wildlife spotting for several days to see the world's largest rodent, Jaguars, Falcons, Bats, exotic birds, and meals cooked by fire in the Jungle peace. This site is part of the 17% of biosphere that takes over Campeche State, Mexico. To reach Humberto fast I listed the Whatsapp number below.
I am going back, no doubt!
Written February 27, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rune Laenen
1 contribution
Family
We took a guided tour by Humberto to the Rio Bec ruins. He drove us through the forest on a quad (15km). You would not be able to visit these sites by car.
If you are in the area, Rio bec is really worth the visit. The ruins are deep in the forest en still in good shape. Humberto was very knowledgeable about the history and showed us all the best ways to climb the structures. We got a hold of him because the lady at the tourist information point in Xpujil called him for us.
Written September 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

nelsoniac
San Diego, CA24 contributions
Couples
An amazing site easy to get to. The ruins are still in good shape well worth the stop.We stopped at multiple sites and all were fantastic and unique in their own way.
Written June 25, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alex_Corleone
Madrid, Spain251 contributions
A place in the middle of nowhere you need to go deep in the jungle, Its a must of the mayan World you
Written June 11, 2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

planetgirl711
Lagunitas california113 contributions
Friends
Way busier than I excepted but it was wonderful to climb the big pyramids- it is nice when the crowds are quiet
I am glad I go her before it becomes even busier
Written November 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

@luisdelmoral
Xpujil Town, Mexico2 contributions
Solo
A good option to xplore the zone maya and enjoy Arqueogict in areas never been explored, thank you humberto my guide in this adventure 100% recommended
Written April 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

sandramerwin
Jacksonville, FL259 contributions
Family
Be prepared for a rough trip to get into the Rio Bec complex of Mayan Ruins. We went in with a guide driving a truck and several of the group on the back tire in bed of truck. We had a guide spotting on 4 wheeler go ahead of us clearing the road way. Takes about 1 1/2 hours to get into the site. Take lots of cold water to not get dehydrated. Wear your hiking boots and watch where you walk. Be careful if you decide to climb any of the structures. Best to wear long sleeves or wear sunscreen as there is very little shade. Great structures and examples of the mayan architecture.
Written April 8, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 14
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec


Restaurants near Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec: View all restaurants near Zona Arqueologica Rio Bec on Tripadvisor