What makes it especially worth visiting are the impressive ruins of ancient Comalcalco (admission M$35;
The museum at the entrance has a fine array of sculptures and engravings of human heads, deities, glyphs and animals such as crocodiles and pelicans.
The buildings within the site have information panels in both Spanish and English. The first building you encounter is the great brick-built, tiered pyramid, Templo 1. At its base are the remains of large stucco sculptures, including the feet of a giant winged toad. Further temples line Plaza Norte, in front of Templo I. In the far (southeast) corner of the site rises the Gran Acrópolis, with views from its summit over a canopy of palms to the Gulf of Mexico. The Acrópolis is fronted by Templo V, a burial pyramid that was once decorated on all sides with stucco sculptures of people, reptiles, birds and aquatic life. At Templo V’s western foot is Templo IX, with a tomb lined by nine stucco sculptures showing a Comalcalco lord with his priests and courtiers. Above Templo V is the crumbling profile of El Palacio, with its parallel 80m-long corbel-arched galleries, probably once Comalcalco’s royal residence.
The site is 1km (signposted) off the Comalcalco–Paraíso road. Vans to the turnoff (M$5) stop outside Comalcalco’s ADO terminal. A taxi to the site costs around M$20.
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