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 20 on the 60km side road to Calakmul.

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6. Estructura II

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7. Estructura III

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