WELCOME TO CALAKMUL
you can travel through time while climbing the structures of one of the largest and most important Maya city of all times.
At the same time become ecologically aware, surrounded by an exuberant landscape in the largest tropical reserve in Mexico, part of the second most biodiverse place in América.
It is here where Ka’an Expeditions runs a diverse menu of services for travelers with an adventurous spirit, eager to know other cultures, ecosystems and willing to appreciate the biodiversity of the Mexican Southeast.
Travelers are our friends and friends are welcomed with open doors and open hearts. We will make your stay at Calakmul the most human, warm and fun ever!
A SEA OF JUNGLE
TOURS IN CALAKMUL
5 TIPS TO PLAN YOUR TRIP TO CALAKMUL
WHAT IS CALAKMUL?
Three different things are called Calakmul, so it´s important to understand the difference:
Calakmul Archaeological Site
Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
The Calakmul Municipality is the largest of them. The BioReserve is inside the Municipality, and the Archeological site inside the BioReserve.
Xpujil is the largest town with the most tourist services in the Calakmul Municipality.
WHERE IS CALAKMUL?
Most people are here to visit the Calakmul Archaeological Site.
To get there it is important to consider that the site is 110 kilometers away from Xpujil. If you are driving, allow yourself 1.5hrs for this trip.
The road is not in very good conditions so drive slowly and enjoy the view.
ON YOUR WAY IN TO CALAKMUL
Don´t forget to visit the Natural History and Archeology Museum located 40 kilometers before getting to the site.
The beautiful facility and its unique nature and archeology collections work as an excellent introduction before visiting the site.
Entrance and tours are free, and this is the last place where you can buy water and food supplies.
The Biosphere Reserve of Calakmul is humid and hot, so climate conditions might be adverse for some visitors.
We recommend carrying enough water and food at all times. One liter of water per person is the minimum recommended.
Do not go on the BioReserve trails by yourself. Always with an authorized guide.
Play it safe. Guarantee your experience by hiring bilingual certified guides and licensed touroperators.
ENTRANCE FEES AT CALAKMUL
There are 3 fees to pay when visiting Calakmul:
#1 at the turn off the highway. Community fee $50 pesos per person.
#2 Located 20km ahead of the first payment. Biosphere Reserve fee $64 pesos per person.
#3 At the archaeological site. $70 pesos per person.
In total you will pay $184 pesos per person.
A vast and uniform green savanna extends hundreds of kilometers far beyond our sight. The contrast between the deep greens and the cosmic blues of the sky is spellbinding. The Calakmul reserve is so enormous; Singapore could fit 10 times within its territory. It is home to flora and fauna only possible to spot within this region, such as spider monkeys, howler monkeys, deer, peccaries, turkeys, jaguars, pumas and ocelots.
The Calakmul region has no match. It houses the largest tropical reserve in Mexico and a large archaeological site that extends for 32 square kilometers. Around 6,000 ancient structures lie as a reminiscence of one of the most important and largest cities of the Mayan civilization. It is known that Calakmul was the capital of the Kingdom of the Serpent. Also known as the Kingdom of Ka’an, it was the main adversary of the powerful Tikal.
In 2014 Calakmul was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in the Mixed Category (Nature/Culture), acknowledging its unique and unrepeatable value in the relation established between Mayan Culture and nature. This heritage covers an area of 300 thousand hectares and has about 350 archeological sites; most of them are still closed to the public.
The archeological zone was discovered in 1931 while raw material was extracted to produce gum. Calakmul emerged during the Middle Preclassical and extended its hegemony until its decline in the Late Classic period.
HOW TO GET TO CALAKMUL - XPUJIL
The state capital is located at 300 kilometers from Xpujil at Calakmul.
The city by itself is worth visiting and staying for a couple of days at least.
There is an international airport here, but flights to this destination are usually above expensive.
First and second class buses available. Second class tickets only available at bus station.
From Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Bacalar and Chetumal
For this route Cancún is the furthest starting point.
If you start in Cancún, consider at least one day for traveling by car, since 460 kilometers separate one place from the other, resulting in a six hour drive.
If you arrive by domestic airlines, the closest airport to Calakmul is in Chetumal.
Mérida is the state capital of Yucatán and one of this peninsula's largest and most important urban centers.
It is renowned for its architecture, gastronomy and people.
If your trip begins here, you should prepare for a half a day ride.
No direct buses from Mérida. Stopover at Campeche.
Palenque, as Calakmul is one of the most important and extraordinary Mayan archeological sites of all.
Located in the state of Chiapas, its part of the same Mayan Route as Calakmul.
When coming from Palenque allow yourself at least a 4hrs trip.
No direct buses from Palenque. Stopover at Escárcega.
Due to the present and future scenarios of global warming and climate change, we at Ka´an Expeditions have taken the decision to become a Neutral Carbon company. Meaning that all the direct CO2 (carbon dioxide) that our activities generate, will be neutralized by assuring that the same amount of gases remain collected or captured in the jungles of Calakmul, ensuring that these are not released to the atmosphere.
We have calculated the volume of emissions that our vehicles generate throughout one year, and have designated an area of jungle in the Valentín Gómez Farías community, Calakmul, Campeche, that will be taken care of and destined to its conservation to neutralize Ka´an Expeditions´s carbon footprint.
Av. Calakmul S/N, Xpujil, Calakmul, Campeche, México. CP24640.
12:00 PM - 20:00 PM
Tuesday - Sunday
ACCOMODATION IN CALAKMUL
LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO STAY IN CALAKMUL?
Casa Ka´an offers 6 beautifullly decorated cabanas completely surrounded by jungle.
If you want to stay in the jungle with all the modern ammenities, then Casa Ka´an is the place for you.