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A few centuries ago, the southern part of Campeche was a point of reference.

 

A few centuries ago, the southern part of Campeche was a point of reference. Being one of the most important areas during the Pre-Columbian era. Home of diverse groups of the Mayan civilization, rich in natural resources which helped in the settlement and growth of the population in the shadows of the jungle. Deserted by their people, who left behind amazing cities, the site shined again with the presence of monkeys and jaguars.

 

In Campeche there’s sixteen archeological sites to visit, all of them were important cities, or communities. Six of them can be seen in the same route.

 

The spectacular structures of Calakmul or Chicanna are complemented by the dreamy views that can be seen in Balamku (The Jaguar temple by its translation from Mayan), lord of this site. By visiting these sites is possible to travel in time, and let the beauty and greatness of it to teach you while surprising by its sole existence.

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CHICANNA

This site stands out as one of the homes of the upper class people among the civilization. Located in the 141km of the 186 highway, is considerate by researchers to be a city built only for the rich. In the region of the Bec river, that goes from the south of Campeche and reaches Quintana Roo. The city was one of the richest areas in Mesoamerica. Luxury can be notice in the structures that still stand. Engraved walls with images of idols and animals, mostly jaguars. All very present in the main doors. Archaeologists have found pieces of art and weaponry that belong to parts as far as Guatemala and the center of the country.

Its open Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm.

Entrance cost is $50.00

 

BECAN

Seven doors give entrance to the outstanding capital of the Bec river region during the late Classic Maya, which goes from 600 to 100 a.C. First found in 1934, and being unique because of the pit around the main structures, which was used as the drain system. The site main structure is the number nine, which is 32 meters tall, and was influenced by the Mayan style of construction called Peten.

The decor in the structure is mainly serpent heads side faced, which is believed to be the reason for its name “The Serpents trail”.  Images of rites can also be observed.

 

Its open Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm.

Entrance cost is $55.00

 


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