Calakmul

Overlooking the impressive and historically important green sea

Calakmul, which means two adjacent mounds in Mayan, is an impressive place. A visit here leaves nobody indifferent. Nature and archaeology are displayed together here at their very best. It truly is a spectacular place. It is a declared a Biosphere Reserve and it is the second largest natural lung on the continent. It is also the largest tropical ecological reserve in Mexico with an area of 723.185 hectares. It is home to 86 species of mammals (jaguar, puma, ocelot, margay, jaguarondi, anteater, spider monkey, howler monkey, tapir, among others). It is also home to some 282 species of birds, 50 species of reptiles, 400 types of butterflies and 73 types of wild orchids.

Located within the forest, rising above the trees tops, are the ruins of Calakmul, declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO and one of the largest sites in all of Mesoamerica. It is undoubtedly an important place to visit, and if you have any energy left after it, it is also worth visiting the ruins of Becán, the only city surrounded by a defensive trench, and also the settlements of Chicanná, Río Bec, Hormiguero, Balamkú and Xpujil.

The latter is walking distance from the town of Xpuhil, where there are a host of accredited guides. You can find out about adventure tourism activities such as camping, hiking, wildlife appreciation, photography, ethnographic research, and you can stay there in the beautiful jungle. Here, some Mayan women still embroider huipil (a traditional Campeche dress) and carve wood. To regain your strength, sample some of the local dishes, which are mainly made with meat of domestic and wild animals, prepared in the 'pipián', 'salpicón' and 'barbacoa' styles. Quite an impressive experience!

On the 26th of May, don’t miss the Biosphere Reserve Concert in Xpujil. The State Symphony Orchestra will revive Mayan sounds in a unique setting.

  • The Great Pyramid
    The Great Pyramid
    Archaeological site of Calakmul
  • Flora
    Flora
    Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
  • Museum of Calakmul
    Museum of Calakmul
    Archaeological site of Calakmul

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  • Alternative Tourism
    Hunting, fishing and birwatching
  • Scuba diving and archeology
    Dive among the lost treasures of a galleon
  • Crafts and tradition in Bécal
    The place where jipi hats are worn
  • To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    Swimming in the craters of the jungle
  • Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    A kayak can take you places one else can
  • Fishing in the Petenes
    Fishing in the Petenes
    Capturing the great tarpon fish
  • Hiking in Campeche
    Hiking in Campeche
    Step inside nature
  • Palizada Magic Town
    Palizada Magic Town
    An exciting getaway to color and tradition
  • On the trail of the Camino Real
    On the trail of the Camino Real
    Color and flavor of multicultural Campeche
  • One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    The flavor of the Pearl of the Gulf
  • A look at noble Campeche
    A look at noble Campeche
    The guardian city of its history
  • Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    The splendor of the local culture without leaving the city
  • Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Wonder at the capital of the kingdom of the serpent
  • Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    The house of the wise water men
  • The territory of the Chenes
    The territory of the Chenes
    In the jaws of the Mayan world
  • Río Bec Mayan style
    Río Bec Mayan style
    In the twin towers of the Mayan world
  • Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    300 species of pink flamingo
  • Bioluminescence
    Bioluminescence
    The magical lights that inhabit the sea
  • Releasing protected turtles
    Releasing protected turtles
    In the sanctuary of the beautiful hawksbill turtle
  • A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    Just you, the sun, white sands and a turquoise sea
  • Boat tour through the mangroves
    Boat tour through the mangroves
    Nature as you've never seen it before

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