Calakmul Things to Do

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    Great Acropolis: Structure 8

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This is the tallest structure of the Great Acropolis complex. Within this structure was detected a substructure consisting of a large ramp used as a platform for a two chambered building. Take the time to climb this structure as it offers great views of the jungle and in particular, great views of Structure 2 and a partial view of Structure 1. In fact the view of Structure 2 is unique in that it shows off the length of the building which you can't really appreciated from any other viewpoint in Calakmul...unless of course you can fly and or levitate.

    Views of Structure 2 Views from the top

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    Great Acropolis

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    The Great Acropolis has a variety of different structures arranged around plazas and patios and it also contains a public area and a area that was reserved for the housing of royal lineage. This plaza is about a 15 minute walk from the Great Plaza and is worth a visit.

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    Structure 4

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This architectural complex has twin temples on each side and a central thats preceded by 14 stelae. The monuments which still have legible dates make reference to dates between Dec. 6th and June 28th 810 AD

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    Structure 1

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This is the tallest structure in Calakmul and in the Yucatan as well. The views from the top of this building are tremendous and offer a panoramic view of the jungle. The stairs are a harrowing climb straight up...seemingly into the heavens, but its a climb that most people can make and again its a intoxicating view from the top...unlike anything you will experience in the entire Yucatan.

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    Structure 3

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This building characterizes the architecture of the classic Maya Period of the Petern region. Its spatial relation and its design of a palace like structure must of been one of the factors that prevented modification over the years. This is also one of the funnest building to explore as there are still the remains of several rooms and doorways.

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    Structure 2

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

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    This pyramid platform is the second largest in Calakmul with its four buildings at the top forming a Acropolis. Product of diverse modifications its presented in its final configuration. A stelae was recently discovered at the base of the stairs thats dated Sept. 16 431, which is the earliest mention of a ruler at this site. This one of the largest overall structures in the entire Yucatan and I highly recommend taking the time and effort to climb to the top and take in the marvelous views of the jungle and Calakmul.

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    Structure 5

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This building with its 10 stelae which are organized in two groups is considered a memorial and was designed to divide the great plaza into two sections. The upper part of the building was built in the Rio Bec style.

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    Estela 29

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This important text marks the beginning of the late classical period in Calakmul. It contains four dates ranging from 621 Ad to 623 AD. During these dates the kingdom ruler was Tahom Uk ab K'ak, and so now you know. Mostly these stelae's are of note because the marking are really cool...at least cool to me.

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    Structure 6

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This three tiered platform along with its large esplance preceded by a long narrow building crowning at its eastern extreme is part of a astronomical alignment. Similar complexes have been found in Tikal and central Petern.

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    Structure 8

    by wilocrek Written Jun 26, 2008

    This small square building with a temple containing small inner spaces was used as a astronomical observation post. It was related to the sunrise and the building was built to be aligned with the stars.

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    Views from the Top

    by wilocrek Written Jan 19, 2008

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    The views from the top of the two main structures in Calakmul are absolutely stunning! Looking over the endless lush jungle that stretches into the horizon it feels as though I was in a different time and place. The views are priceless. Unlike the other few select sites that actually still let you climb the structures, Calakmul doesn't have the distraction of having obnoxious tourist climbing up and down the stairs with their loud voices breaking one's concentration and appreciation of the view. The only sounds you will hear at the top of one of Calakmul's pyramids is the wind whistling through your hair!

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    Brown bagging it in the jungle!

    by wilocrek Written Jan 18, 2008

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    They don't have any places to buy food in Calakmul. Literally the last chance you have to get food is in Xpujil, over 75 kilometers away. So be sure to pack in a lunch and enjoy it out in the wild. Pull up and take a seat on any of the structures you feel like. For all intents and purposes you own the place. Thats the true beauty of Calakmul, you really do feel like you have the place to yourself, so enjoy your lunch while taking in the sights and sounds of a Mayan paradise!

    You could have lunch here......or .....you could have lunch way up there!

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    Trip Trappin around Calakmul

    by wilocrek Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Simply put walking around Calakmul is as close to an authentic Mayan experience as you will ever have! Your basically by yourself, the jungle is literally on top of you, and the structures are still hidden within the vines and trees! Plan on spending a whole day in Calakmul so you can take your time walking around the joint at our own pace and take it all in. Believe me when I say there is a lot to take it and every bit of it is magical!

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    Climbing the Structures

    by wilocrek Written Jan 18, 2008

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    Calakmul is like a playground if your the type that likes to climb things. They allow you to climb just about any structure you want. This provides a rare opportunity to be able to explore a major Mayan site without being restricted to the footpaths. As more people start to discover this magical site I'm pretty sure they will tighten things up so in the meantime climb away while you still can. Be sure to bring some hiking shoes with you as the footing can be difficult at times. Otherwise I found Calakmul to be a climbers dream!

    It's one heck of a climb....but worth it! Almost there........just 135 more steps!

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    Visiting the Structures

    by wilocrek Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Calakmul has the distinction of having the most authentic feel of any of the major Mayan sites. It literally is part of the jungle with the majority of the structures hidden among the trees and vines. Walking through the site makes me feel as though I'm Indiana Jones on an adventure. In fact visiting Calakmul is a adventure in itself, when I was there I had the entire site to myself with only the sounds of the howler monkeys and bird calls to keep my company. Do not miss out on the chance to climb two of the tallest structures in the entire Yucaton and then gaze out over the endless jungle which stretches into Guatemala and feel like you are a Mayan King! This is a marvelous site, visit it while its still relatively unknown!

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