Attractions

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 magnificent ruins of Calakmul are surrounded by rainforest, an endless cano…
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…
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

The palatial Estructura III consists of a dozen rooms atop a raised platform. Archaeologists found a tomb inside the 5th-century structure that contained the body of a male ruler of Calakmul surrounded by offerings …
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Estructura I

Estructura I is Calakmul’s second great pyramid (surpassed by Estructura II). American botanist Cyrus Lundell named the site Calakmul, Maya for ‘two adjacent mounds,’ in reference to the pair of then-unexcavated pyr…
Museum in Calakmul

Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología

Calakmul's modern Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología has geological, archaeological and natural-history exhibits that are well displayed and provide a brief, if interesting, context to the region. It's located at Km …
Archaeological Site in Calakmul

Gran Acrópolis

The Gran Acrópolis is a labyrinthine residential zone with a ceremonial sector containing a ball court. (From the northern perimeter of this zone, you can head east and follow the path back to the entrance.)