Hotel Puerta Calakmul
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Outdoor pool
- Breakfast Available
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Na 2,5 dag compleet afgesloten te zijn van de wereld zijn we weer in de lucht ;-) Laten we bij het begin beginnen, want er is genoeg gebeurd in die dagen back 2 basic.
Zondagochtend in Palenque gewekt door een enorm geschreeuw. Het geluid ging door merg en been en deed ons denken aan de dino's uit Jurrasic Park. Stijf in bed van de schrik. Toen …
Calakmul - oh my god. It was the largest city in Maya times with a population of over 50,000 inhabitants, and boasts the largest and tallest pyramid of the Maya empire (45 metres tall). Only a small central section of the enormous 72 square km complex has been excavated since its discovery in 1931, with the rest partially or entirely enveloped in rainforest. It's a ridiculously impressive sight. Beyond the incredible archeology, Calakmul is an ecological experience. It lies in ...
Today is what I call a payoff day. Calakmul, capital of the Mayans. My chef/guide, Don Antonio, and I arrive at dawn after an hour on dirt roads. I step out the car into a procession of fire ants! Luckily they are distracted by a pitched battle against a battalion of soldier ants bisecting their column. The fire ants are winning. Both sides neglect my offerings of cookies to negotiate peace. Don Antonio draws me a map and I head into the dig ...
... car and off down the 60k road. No sightings of jaguars but thousands of butterfly's along the way, turkey's so brightly coloured. In the ruins we saw the spider monkeys playing in the trees, climbed the pyramids which gave you a very welcoming breeze at the top. These ruins are surrounded by jungle and only found due to chewing gum. The men collect resin from the trees and this is sent to America and they came ...
Woke around 7, again with sore arms. Had jungle skills with John all morning. Learned how to deal with snake bites, survival when lost, knots, and lots of his interesting anecdotes. A lunch of the local delicacy "mole" - chicken in a chilli chocolate sauce. This afternoon we headed out to a transect 7km away to survey a 20x20 area. After this we went to look for monkeys. Saw a small group of howlers along with a troop of spider monkeys. Lots of brilliant ...