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“Quiet and interesting”
Review of Balamku

Ranked #11 of 39 things to do in Campeche
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

The Mayan ruins here are nothing like the scale of others on the peninsula but what is interesting is the beautiful frieze which was found in the Temple of the Jaguar inside one of the pyramids. The caretaker will take you in and tell you about some of the images on the frieze...in Spanish. This was a worthwhile stop off away from the crowds of some of the larger sites.

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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Balamku is just off of highway 186 a few kilometers west of the main turnoff to Calakmul. There is a shady walk of a few hundred meters to the first structures and between the three groups of structures. The site has only a few unexcavated structures but one of them contains the largest piece of intact Mayan frieze. A concrete room has been built around the frieze. It is very dark to protect the artwork with only a few small holes in the walls and ceilings, none of which allow light to directly hit the frieze. No flashlights or flash cameras are allowed so you must wait some time to adapt your eyes to the light before you can see the details which are impressive. The room is always locked so you must get a caaretaker to unlock it and stand guard while you look. Cost was 35 pesos with free parking at the entrance. Toilets but no refreshments.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We stopped at Balamku in the early afternoon, after visiting Calakmul in the morning. This worked well, since, Balamku is very close to the Calakmul turnoff. The overall impression of Balamku is a fairly standard set of ruins spread across a wooded site, with an interesting mixture of architectural styles. Looking back at my photos, there are fairly impressive buildings, but I may have been spoiled by visiting Calakmul earlier in the same day! The resident caretaker found us quickly, after we entered the site, and after a quick tour of the ruins, he opened the locked entrance to the friezes (we of course tipped him afterward). The enclosed friezes of various animals and the Mayan cosmology are what make Balamku really special, and are definitely worth seeing. This site is about 1 hour west of Xpujil, and can be combined with other of the numerous Mayan sites in the area. It helps to know at least a little Spanish to converse with the caretaker

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