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Calakmul Biosphere Reserve: Nature and Ruins Tour (3 Days)

Enjoy 3 fantastic days in the Yucatan Peninsula exploring ancient Mayan ruins and encountering beautiful wildlife in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve.

USD $295.00

Per Person

Experience the History and Natural Beauty of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

On this Calakmul Biosphere Reserve 3-day tour, you’ll get to see exotic wildlife and incredible Mayan ruins. Look for monkeys and birds as you wander the trails of the Mexican jungle. Marvel at the huge pyramids of Calakmul and Hormiguero. The archaeological zone of Calakmul is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique structures and historical importance. You’ll also get to learn about the local community as you participate in a candle-making workshop. Join us for three incredible days exploring the ancient and modern Mayan world!


  • Explore two ancient Mayan archaeological sites at Hormiguero and Calakmul
  • Spot monkeys, bats, and a variety of exotic wildlife as you visit the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve
  • Interact with locals as you learn to make a candle at a handicraft workshop
  • Enjoy delicious traditional food

Tour Information

Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
Start and end location: Merida
Availability: Year-round


Day 1 – Journey to the Castellot Community and Explore the Archaeological Site of Hormiguero
Between 5:00 am and 6:00 am, you will depart from Merida to go to the community of Castellot. After about 4 hours of driving, you will start on a community trail, where you can see a variety of exotic flora and fauna. You could even see monkeys! At the end of the trail, you will find the archaeological site of Hormiguero. You will have an hour to explore the fascinating ruins.

Afterwards, you will return to the Castellot community for a traditional lunch. Then, you will go to Xpujil and check into Hotel Calakmul. You will have time to rest and have dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 – Discover the Amazing Ruins of Calakmul and Marvel at Bats at Sunset
At 7:00 am, you will leave the hotel and enjoy a snack on the road to the community of Conhuas. There, you will board an authorized van to enter the biosphere reserve. In the reserve, you will be able to see a variety of flora and fauna as you travel to the archaeological site of Calakmul. You will have 3 hours to explore the ruins. You will also have a picnic lunch at the site.

In the afternoon, you will take a truck to a bat cave. At sunset, you will witness an amazing spectacle as many bats fly from the cave to hunt at night. Finally, you will return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3 – Learn to Make an Aromatic Candle and Enjoy a Traditional Lunch
For the final day of your Calakmul Biosphere Reserve Tour, you will go towards Mancolona. After a regional-style breakfast, you will go to a local artisan’s workshop to learn to make aromatic candles. This is a great opportunity to interact with people of the local community. You’ll get to keep the candle you make.

Before departing on the return trip back to Merida, you will visit a pepper farm and enjoy a traditional farewell lunch in Mancolona. You will get back to Merida about 18:00 pm-19:00 pm.

What’s Included

  • Driver and transportation by 10 to 12-passenger van
  • Tour guide
  • Cooler with soft drinks
  • 2 nights lodging in a double room at a 3-star hotel  (in simple mode $35.00 USD on account of the client)
  • Tickets to all the sites visited
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 picnic, 1 snack, and 2 dinners

Important Notes

  • This tour has a minimum of 10 travelers and a maximum of 12. If you have fewer than 10 or more than 12, contact us at and we will try to find a group for you.


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What Happens After I Book?

After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.

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