Sitio Arqueológico de Calakmul

Calakmul Archaeological Site


It was one of the largest and most important cities in the region. It established a sociopolitical network of unparalleled scope.

Calakmul became the most significant urban center in the Maya Lowlands between 250 BC and 700 AD. No other Maya city in what is now Mexico had its significance. It challenged and defeated Tikal, the main city in that vast region of the southern Yucatan Peninsula and northern Guatemala, only to be ultimately overcome by Tikal in the early 8th century. After a long decline, Calakmul was abandoned, and the jungle covered its plazas, enveloping its palaces, altars, and temples. The inhabitants dispersed, forming new villages or integrating into other settlements.

It was the residence of the powerful Kan dynasty, represented by a snake head.

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Distance Stop

31.68 miles (51 km)

Sitio Arqueológico de Calakmul


Monday to Sunday from 6:00 am to 11:30 am. Last entry at 1:00 pm.* | Due to road resurfacing works on the access road.

$95.00 MXN (Mexican Pesos)

390 BC – 1000 AD | Middle Preclassic to Terminal Classic

At km zero: 5:00 am to 10:00 am

At km 20: 5:30 am to 10:30 am

Where is the Calakmul Archaeological Site Located?

It is located 186.4 miles (300 km) south of the city of San Francisco de Campeche.

  • Fee for video camera
  • Fee for professional cameras
  • INAPAM discount (for seniors)
  • Discount for students and teachers
  • Free admission on Sundays (Mexicans)
  • Free entry for children under 13 years old
  • No smoking allowed

This ancient Maya city is located within the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, the second-largest biosphere reserve in the Americas.


Archaeological Site of Calakmul

Central Plaza

Grand Acropolis

Chiik Nahb Acropolis (North Acropolis)

Archaeological sites near Calakmul