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Pyramids Calakmul (Campeche)

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It is very difficult to get here. But once you do you won´t regret it! These are absolutely abandoned and absolutely the most fantastic ruins I have ever seen. The ancient huge pyramids of Calakmul lay deep in a jungle, 70 km to the nearest civilization. If you climb on its tops all you see is jungle. Birds, pumas and ocelots, maybe. Because of its difficult accessibility the visitors are scarce, you might spend the whole day here totally alone. Calakmul was not discovered until the year 1931, by a botanist Cyrus Lundellem. Without doubt it served as one of powerful Mayan centers. With its complexity it outreaches the famous ruins of Tikal in Guatemala.

Entrance fee: 41 pesos.
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The best is to use your own car. If you don´t have one, you can take a bus to Xpujil (buses from Chetumal stop here on the way to Chiapas). Xpujil is nothing for romantics, but it has low budget hotels where you can spend the night. If you are looking for a splurge you can stay in an eco resort with luxurious cottages “Chicanna Ecovillage” outside Xpujil in a jungle (from 1200 pesos a night for the cottage). Early morning hire a cab that will take you to the pyramids, wait for you and take you back in the afternoon (for a fun like that we paid 700 pesos). But its definitely worth it! It is quite possible that during high season small organized trips are available.