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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Southeastern Campeche

Calakmul

Possibly the largest city during Maya times, Calakmul was ‘discovered’ in 1931 by American botanist Cyrus Lundell. The site bears comparison in size and historical significance to Tikal in Guatemala, its chief rival…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Southeastern Campeche

Hormiguero

The buildings of Hormiguero date as far back as AD 50; the city (whose name is Spanish for ‘anthill’) flourished during the late Classic period. Until recent times, the site was not easy to reach; the road, although…
Top Choice International in Chicanná & Becán

Río Bec Dreams Restaurant

The wonderful, open-air restaurant, set amid tropical plants, has the best homemade food in the area. The wide variety of main dishes includes roasted pork loin, Mediterranean pasta, Indian curry and chili con carne…
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 Chicanná & Becán

Becán

The Maya word for ‘canyon’ or ‘moat’ is becán, and indeed a 2km moat snakes its way around this must-visit Maya site. Seven causeways provide access across the moat to the 12-hectare site, within which are the remai…
Archaeological Site in Chicanná & Becán

Chicanná

Aptly named ‘House of the Snake’s Jaws,’ this Maya site is best known for one remarkably well-preserved doorway with a hideous fanged visage. Located 11km west of Xpujil and 400m south of Hwy 186, Chicanná is a mixt…
Archaeological Site in Southeastern Campeche

Balamkú

‘Discovered’ only in 1990, Balamkú boasts a remarkably ornate, stuccoed frieze that bears little resemblance to any of the known decorative elements in the Chenes or Río Bec styles. Well preserved, with traces of it…
Archaeological Site in Xpujil

Xpuhil

The ruins of Xpuhil are a striking example of the Río Bec style. The three towers (rather than the usual two) of Estructura I rise above a dozen vaulted rooms. The 53m central tower is the best preserved. With its b…
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…