Attractions

Archaeological Site in Calakmul

El Tigre

Off Hwy 186, heading southwest from Escárcega, is one of Campeche’s most recently uncovered Maya sites, El Tigre. Archaeologists are almost certain it is none other than Itzamkanac, the legendary capital of the Itzá…
Museum in Calakmul

Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología

Calakmul's modern Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología has geological, archaeological and natural-history exhibits. It's located at Km 20 on the 60km side road to Calakmul.
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Estructura II

Climbing the enormous Estructura II, at the south side of the Gran Plaza, is a must. Each of this pyramid’s sides is 140m long, giving it a footprint of just under 2 hectares – the largest and tallest known Maya str…
Nature Reserve in Calakmul

Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul

Lying at the heart of the vast, untrammeled Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul (which covers close to 15% of the state’s total territory), the ruins are surrounded by rainforest, with cedar, mahogany and rubber trees d…
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Gran Plaza

The Gran Plaza, with its ancient buildings and many stelae, is a good place to begin your Calakmul explorations. Climbing the enormous Estructura II, at the south side of the plaza, is a must. A path on the left (ea…
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Estructura III

A path on the left (east) side of Estructura II leads past the palatial Estructura III, with a dozen rooms atop a raised platform. Archaeologists found a tomb inside the 5th-century structure that contained the body…
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Estructura I

Walking south from Estructura III you come to Estructura I, Calakmul’s second great pyramid, which is nearly as big as Estructura II. (American botanist Cyrus Lundell named the site Calakmul, Maya for ‘two adjacent …
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Gran Acrópolis

A trail leading west from Estructura I around the back of Estructura II takes you to the Gran Acrópolis, a labyrinthine residential zone with a ceremonial sector containing a ball court. From the northern perimeter …