How do I get to Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul?

The road to Calakmul consists of 60 km of a poorly paved road going from Rt 186 all the way to the ruins. It’s quite narrow in spots. It takes about an hour to drive if there’s no slow vehicle in front of you, and though you can speed 65-75 km there, be careful not to hit wild animals.

Where is Calakmul on a Mayan map?


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Alternative name Kalakmul
Location Campeche, Mexico
Region Petén Basin

Was Calakmul a Mayan city?

Ancient Maya City and Protected Tropical Forests of Calakmul, Campeche. The site is located in the central/southern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula, in southern Mexico and includes the remains of the important Maya city Calakmul, set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas.

Can you visit Calakmul?

Option 1 – on your own: It is possible to travel to Calakmul with your own rental car. There are no public buses. Most people (including us) simply spend the night in or near Xpujil. From there, the journey by car takes about two hours.

Why is Calakmul famous?

Calakmul is one of the most structure-rich sites within the Maya region. The site contains 117 stelae in paired sets representing both rulers and their wives. This kingdom played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries.

How old is Calakmul?

A major rival to the city of Tikal, Calakmul is believed to have primarily been built between 600BC and 250AD, although the two cities became rivals primarily in the sixth and seventh centuries AD. At its height it was thought to have had estimated to have a population of 50,000, spanning over 27 square miles..

Where is the largest Mayan temple?

The oldest and largest known monument built by the Mayan civilisation has been found in Mexico. Called Aguada Fénix, it is a huge raised platform 1.4 kilometres long.