Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul

Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul

Reserva de la Biosfera de Calakmul
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Olenka
Northampton, UK573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Chichen Itza was packed with people, here it's so far away hidden in the jungle that there aren't many visitors.
We stayed in the nearby town Xpujil, which is 2 hours drive away!
Arrived there in rented car and I don't see any other way to visit this remote area.
We did two tours with Ka'an Expeditions, first day to visit the ruins and second day to see jungle.
It's long day and a lot of walking but the views from top of the pyraminds are amazing!
Written 24 May 2020
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Arthur K
Glasgow, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
What an amazing place! Our guide Ezekiel was very knowledgeable, took us all around the archaeological site and reserve. We were able to climb the pyramids and get a wonderful view of the extent of the protected area. So inspiring to get the lost runs vibe, and then view rainforest extending to the horizon in all directions
Written 9 November 2023
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Giulia & Matthias
Frankfurt, Germany69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It does not even matter when you arrive at Calakmul, you will not see many tourists or visitors around. We walked 10 min through the area and had this whole place to ourself and really felt the magic of this historic site.

A little bit hard to get to since there are no hotels or guest houses around (we stayed in Xpujil) and after the main gate you still need to drive an hour to get to the actual area but you can see plenty of things while you drive there (we saw some turkeys, birds, monkeys, a car before us even spotted a jaguar with his cub).

Another great plus is the fact that you can climb up on top of the pyramids and have an amazing view from up there. We have been to Chichen Itza and Calakmul is so much better and totally worth a visit.
Written 4 August 2021
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Janis D
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
This is the the fifth Mayan archaeological site that I visited (Copán, Tikal, Chichen Itza and Uxmal) and one of the most impressive. It has a very good balance between size, status of conservation, visitors and wildlife. I would highly recommend to visit it. It is also one of the few sites where it is still possible to climb the temples on the original steps - a unique experience!
But be warned: if you consider to visit the ruins on your own, do not trust the travel agencies in Campeche! Us were told that we could not do it because private cars are no longer allowed in the nature reserve surrounding the site and we would have to take a very expensive shuttle to reach the ruins. THIS IS NOT TRUE! There were lots of people with their own cars there. So safe your money and get a cheap rental car and go on your own. The roads to reach it are in a very good condition. No need for a 4x4. Hope this helps future visitors to safe some money from the totally overpriced tour operators! (Especially bad experience with CENTRO INTEGRADOR TURÍSTICO, (Calle 59 O America 7, Zona Centro, 24000 Campeche, Camp., Mexico) they lied to us and told us this story with the park closed to private cars in order to sell us the tour.
Cheers Janis
Written 10 November 2018
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,712 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Of the 40+ Maya, Atzec, and Olmec sites we've seen in Mexico Calakmul was the only major disappointment. Having been a powerful ancient city-state it has two large pyramids, both among the largest in the Yucatan, yet other unique features of Calakmul are off limits to visitors. Yes, there are a number of stelae at the site, although badly deteriorated through no fault of the site's management they turned practically into limestone slabs. But that's about it. The murals, friezes, and burial chambers are closed. A friendly guide told me they are concerned about visitors' breath creating dangerous levels of humidity but that seems to be a poor excuse. The murals of Bonampak, Teotihuacan, and Cacaxtla among others are exposed to outside humidity year round. The friezes of Balamku and Becan can be accessed inside the galleries upon request, and the famous masks of Kohunlich and sculptures of Ek Balam are protected from the elements only by thatched canopies or roofs. The burial chamber of Pakal the Great in Palenque is open to the public too. So I doubt it's humidity, it's rather bad management hence the one-star.

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. There are three payments to be made along the way: at the entry point near Rt 186, at the turn at the site museum, and the regular admission fee of 70 pesos at the site entrance. I don't remember how much it was in total but I think it was around US $10 pp.

If I knew that the murals and frieze cannot be seen I would have skipped it altogether. Considering the time and effort, climbing just the two pyramids is not worth it. We stayed in Xpujil and it took us a little over 2 hours to drive each way and a little over an hour at the site. Waste of time. Do Balamku, Chicanna, Becan, Xpujil, Hormiguero, Kohunlich, Dzibanche, Kinichna, and Rio Bec instead.


OT: I stopped writing reviews on TA since past summer as TA editors, being the morons that they are, deleted some of my reviews for not adhering to their standards even though some of those reviews were marked as helpful by other TA readers. But of course TA editors in their infinite wisdom know better what's helpful. So from now on I will write reviews only when I think the info may be important and helpful to other members. Sorry for making you reading my rant.
Written 21 March 2018
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,864 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
A friend of mine told me to go there because is in the middle of almost virgin forest.

We stayed at Xpuhil and rent a car there to go to Calekmul ruins. 500 pesos for the rent of the car + 400 pesos of gasoline.

The road is beautiful, all green and we saw a lot of animals crossing the road. Be careful and respectful and drive slow.

You have to pay 3 times on the road for a total of 188 pesos.

We arrived at 9 00 oct 2018 and there was only one tourist there. Amazing. We were alone in all the ruins until 13h when like 10 tourists arrived. Not much if you compare to crowded places like chichen itza.

They ruins are beautiful and big. You get to climb abd explore and is just you with the nature. We saw many monkeys free running on the trees.

Make sure you bring food and water as there are no restaurants or shops (thanks god).

We stayed 5 hours enjoying peace and tranquillity and the animals in their natural state.
Written 13 October 2018
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Denis Tegens
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018
While traveling across ancient places on Yucatan, there's nothing like ruins in Calakmul. If you want to become an ancient Mayan for couple of hours and make a decent picture about what this civilisation was like, you're on the right place.

Ruins of Calakmul is the exact opposite of Chichén Itzá - no tourists or clusters of people and absolute freedom to climb or explore any pyramid you want. This wonderful spot is located dozens of kilometres within the jungle and offers highest pyramids to behold on Yucatan (maybe in the entire Mexico). When you reach the top of the highest pyramid, words can't describe the beauty of the panoramic view you'll get as a sweet reward of an exhaustive climb - endless sea of jungle greenery with pyramid tops protruding and a clear sky.

The best place to experience a piece of Mexican ancient history.
Written 25 March 2018
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Bernard B
Merida, Mexico76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We've been living six months a year in Merida for the past seven years and had the chance to visit the great Mayan sites such as Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Maya Pan, Edna, Acanceh, Palenque, Ek Balam as well as many others. But, besides El Dante in El Mirador (Guatemala) and Tikal, Calakmul is the big guy one has to see to believe it.

Not only because the pyramids are high, but you can climb them all. The sad thing was that the museum was closed.

Before getting there, we spent the night in a nice little hotel in Escarcega where the owners were absolutely great. It looks like a motel but with very clean rooms and excellent breakfests.

We got up early because we had to drive a little over 3 hours including 1 hour on the awful bisosphere section at a maximum speed of 30k/hr. You have the chance to see tapirs, monkeys, wild turkeys (including Ocellated turkeys), wild pigs, to name a few pieces of wildlife. Once on the parking lot we still had 30 minutes to walk. Guides (need to pay) will explain the site for those who haven't prepared their visit.
Written 2 March 2017
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KurtHagen
Toronto, Canada42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Our main target was the archeological site, but we did not want to miss the Biosfera, with a guide of course who could show us wildlife, e.g. ponds with crocodiles, deer, fighting turkeys, you name it - and no jaguars. Also, the flora is impressive: trees feeding on trees as well as trees which manage to protect themselves against parasites. Absolutely worth it!
Written 30 January 2019
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Marleen S
Florence, Italy182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
After busyness of chicken itza Calakmul is wonderful. Not easy to get to 100km from nearest hotel but so worth doing. The jungle, the amazing ruins, lot of climbing, the nature, the monkeys after 3pm around structure 3. A highlight of our holidays.
Written 24 August 2017
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