We travelled specifically to southern Mexico to see this site and we were not disappointed. It is huge and many ruins are still not excavated. However, quite a number of buildings are. Although it takes at least an hour from the highway entrance to reach the entrada, it is well worth the effort. Be advised that there is no food or water available, and thus you need to pack these in with you, along with your camera and binoculars. We began our visit in the early afternoon and finished close to dawn, when animal life was teeming around us. Oscillated turkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys, red coatis, and toucans were among the easiest to view from the paths. Calakmul sits in a 1.8 million acre biosphere which is a World Heritage Site. Viewing the jungle canopy from the top of a pyramid brings the vastness of the site home. Over 6000 structures have been mapped and many fewer excavated. The existing grounds and paths are large and it is approximately 4 miles round trip to see all structures excavated. There is a sizeable hike from the parking lot to the first structure and much of it up a gentle hill. If you are into the Mayan ruins, this is a must-visit site. There is a small museum at the first guard post, but aside from a decent bathroom, it didn't illuminate my visit much. You would do well to visit this site with a guide who not only can explain the structures, but can help you spot wildlife. Our guides (an archaeologist and a naturalist arranged through Rio Bec Dreams) drove us there and back, so we eliminated the stress of driving southern Mexican roads at dusk/in the dark.
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