Archeological sites in the State of Campeche

The archeological site of Chicanna in Mexico

The archeological site of Chicanna in Mexico ©robertoliebig/Flick

If you want to visit Mexico, you don’t have to choose only one type of holiday. You can split your time between visiting the charming colonial towns and stunning archaeological sites, then you can rest a few days on the beach or you can see some of the wonders of nature that Mexico can offer you. This way you can experience the Mexican history and culture, but you can also take part of adventure, fun and relaxation.

We help today with one part of this type of trip presenting the most popular archaeological sites in the State of Campeche state including Rio Bec, Becan, Chicanna, Edzna, Hochob and Calakmul.

Rio Bec

The archaeological region known as Rio Bec contains over 18 different ceremonial buildings. Rio Bec is the name of the archaeological region, but also the name of the architectural style, the shape and decoration of the buildings, which together constitute the architectural style. Rio Bec has elongated buildings flanked by slender towers with rounded corners and an enormous scale representation of the principal god of the Mayan pantheon, also known as the Earth Monste, on the lower facade of the building.

The archeological site of Rio Bec in Mexico

The archeological site of Rio Bec in Mexico ©robertoliebig/Flick

Becan

Becan was the capital of the Rio Bec area. The name of the site was given by the archaeologists that have rediscovered it and it means “ravine or canyon formed by water”, because of the most striking and weird feature of the site, the ditches that are surrounding it.

Chicanna

Chicanna is one of the most important archeological sites in the State of Campeche. One of the major attractions of Chicanna is a reconstructed building in a mix of architectural styles. The name Chicanna means in Mayan “Mouth Snake House” and was inhabited between 300 and 1100. The site is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, at just 2 km from Becan and seems that it have been united or depending from it for long. Chicanna is one of the most striking examples of the mixture of architectural styles.

The archeological site of Chicanna in Mexico

The archeological site of Chicanna in Mexico ©robertoliebig/Flick

Edzna

The most prominent building of the Edza archeological site in the State of Campeche is the main temple complex, built on a 40 m high platform and offering an extraordinary panorama. Another significant building, located in the market, is the court or the field for ball games.

Hochob

On the way to Edzna you should not miss the Hochob archaeological site. With its special facades covered with sculptures the entire complex is a perfect example of the Mayan art and architecture. This exciting site dates from 100 BC, with a continuous development for 1000 years and has functioned as an important ceremonial center.

Calakmul

Calakmul is one of the most beautiful Mayan archaeological sites in Campeche. It is deeply hidden in the jungles of the Petén Basin region. It was one of the largest and most powerful ancient cities ever discovered in the Mayan lowlands. “Calakmul” is the modern name of the site, in ancient times the city was known as Ox Te Tuun. There are many ancient structures identified at Calakmul, the largest of them being the great pyramid that is over 45 m tall.

The archeological site of Calakmul in Mexico

The archeological site of Calakmul in Mexico ©La case photo de Got/Flick

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