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About Calakmul

Calakmul is a remote and incredible Maya site in Campeche, Mexico, containing the remains of a vast and once-powerful ancient city. Extremely remote, the site has few if any tourists and offers an incredible experience to those willing to make the journey to explore its ancient remains.

A major rival to the city of Tikal, the two powers fought for control throughout the sixth and seventh centuries AD. At its height it was thought to have had estimated to have a population of 50,000. However, as with many cities in the region, Calakmul was slowly abandoned with the collapse of Maya power.

Once comprising of thousands of buildings and other structures, even today Calakmul is only partially excavated. However, these ruins contain huge pyramids, temples and other structures which are truly awe-inspiring to behold.