Calakmul archaeological site

Campeche

Legendary Background

Calakmul was created for deities and inhabited by men, in the rainforest of Campeche. It is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site.

By setting foot in Calakmul you are not just exploring an archaeological zone, you are privileged to be entering the largest tropical rainforest in Mexico, since 70% of its territory constitutes a Protected Natural Area.

What can you do in Calakmul?
There are several routes by which to explore this vast rainforest, and activities are organized by the surrounding communities. The tour of archaeological zone is a must, with its stelae and 147-foot-high main structure, which is quite a challenge to climb. Other expeditions take you along trails inhabited by jaguars, spider monkeys and an enormous variety of birds. If you prefer, you can spend the afternoon taking workshops, either on Mayan cuisine or hammock weaving.

Camping is also offered near the archaeological zone, or tours on horseback to visit the sacred caves, home to ceramic and skeletal remains. Not many people are aware of the other six archaeological sites within Calakmul, such as El Hormiguero and Río Bec, which can be reached by ATV or bicycle, in order to observe the mascaron ornaments there.

Legendary Background

Calakmul was created for deities and inhabited by men, in the rainforest of Campeche. It is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO Mixed World Heritage Site.

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By setting foot in Calakmul you are not just exploring an archaeological zone, you are privileged to be entering the largest tropical rainforest in Mexico, since 70% of its territory constitutes a Protected Natural Area.

What can you do in Calakmul?
There are several routes by which to explore this vast rainforest, and activities are organized by the surrounding communities. The tour of archaeological zone is a must, with its stelae and 147-foot-high main structure, which is quite a challenge to climb. Other expeditions take you along trails inhabited by jaguars, spider monkeys and an enormous variety of birds. If you prefer, you can spend the afternoon taking workshops, either on Mayan cuisine or hammock weaving.

Camping is also offered near the archaeological zone, or tours on horseback to visit the sacred caves, home to ceramic and skeletal remains. Not many people are aware of the other six archaeological sites within Calakmul, such as El Hormiguero and Río Bec, which can be reached by ATV or bicycle, in order to observe the mascaron ornaments there.

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