Best of Calakmul

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Calakmul
Hidden deep in the tropical rainforests of Campeche, the ruins of Calakmul offer an awe-inspiring glimpse of the ancient Mayan civilization. Over 6,000 structures of this once mighty town (home to over 50,000 people) lie buried in the jungle, and its towering pyramid is the largest structure ever discovered in the Mayan world. Nature is an equally grand part of the equation on a visit to Calakmul, with the opportunity to see over 350 bird species and myriad other living creatures in the pristine biosphere reserve that surrounds the archaeological site. 

Previous kimkim travelers have gained a deeper understanding of the area’s ecological significance on guided hikes to yet unexplored Mayan ruins in the rainforest. For the most adventurous travelers, nothing quite compares with an overnight camping experience in the jungle with the opportunity to see howler monkeys in their natural habitat. Indigenous pride runs strong in Campeche, and talented local artisans run workshops where you can learn firsthand the intricacies of stone carving, hammock-knitting, woodcarving and other arts.
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