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Ancient Maya City of Calakmul

Listed under Archaeological Sites in Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico.

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Calakmul, meaning literally "two adjacent pyramids" is one of the largest Mayan cities ever discovered. Spotted from the air by fluke in 1931, it has since been extensively excavated and preserved for visitors. The total ruins discovered so far cover an area of 70km², with a dense core of 20km² more suitable for exploration by the casual enthusiast. At 45 metres high, one of the two "pyramids" that constitute Calakmul's namesake is the largest Classic Era Maya temple platform ever discovered. So pull your khaki's on, grab your hat, bull whip if you must, and head out into the jungles of Campeche, but beware of homicidal boulders and other booby-trapped clichés.

Written by  Alex Allen.

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Ancient Maya City of Calakmul, Campeche

Calakmul, an important Maya site set deep in the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas of southern Mexico, played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries. Its imposing structures and its characteristic overall layout are remarkably well preserved and give a vivid picture of life in an ancient Maya capital.

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