Maya Ruins

Maya Ruins

Visit Calakmul & The Ruta Rio Bec

Rio Bec Dreams is ideally situated for exploring the many sites of the Rio Bec and Chenes regions of Campeche State, as well as the World Heritage site of Calakmul. Chicanna is just a few hundred yards up the road, Becan just beyond that, while Xpuhil is just ten minutes away. The Rio Bec was a decentralized polity and its eclectic and imaginative sites are tucked away all around us along both sides of the highway.


We are happy to recommend local restaurants or to supply picnic lunches for your day trips. For locations farther away, we can suggest itineraries and hotels to make your explorations trouble free.

Rio Bec Style Architecture: A Few Minutes Away

Becan
Chicanna
Xpuhil
Hormiguero

Rio Bec Style Architecture: About An Hour Away, Just Past Xpujil

Rio Bec
The ruins of Rio Bec are difficult to get to but stop by Rio Bec Dreams and we can give you some help. The ruins are spread out over a wide area. You currently need a four wheel drive or high clearance vehicle to get there and they are probably not reachable in the rainy season.

Rio Bec Style Architecture: Close But Difficult

The following nearby sites are limited access sites, requiring prior permission and a local guide:
Ramonales, Manos Rojas, Puerto Rico, Yax Bil, Payan.

Rio Bec Style Architecture: Close To The Road To Calakmul

Balamku
Discovered in 1990, this spectacular site with its remarkable Early Classic stucco frieze/facade – 56 feet long and 13 feet high – really gives a complete impression of how these cities looked 1500 years ago.

Classic Style Architecture: An Hour To 1 1/2 Hours Away

Kohunlich
Its tropical setting, huge ball court, many plazas and residential areas, and especially its six famous Early Classic masks of the sun god Kinich Ajaw make this a truly memorable site to visit.
Dzibanche
Its grassy, park-like setting belies its long, ambitious turbulent history. This is the Early Classic home of the Snake Kings who later dominated the Central Lowlands and settled in Calakmul. A beautiful city with lots of good architecture, many plazas and lots of quiet.
Kinichna
1 km from Dzibanche, Kinichna is a hilltop fortress acropolis that is worth the time if you are in the area.

Peten Style Architecture: Less Than 2 Hours Away

Calakmul
The greatest of all Maya cities, both in terms of its size and influence during the Late Classic in the Central Lowlands. The Peten reaches across the border from Guatemala here, but it is still 1 1/2 hours’ drive on a narrow jungle road to the ruins from the highway. This is an opportunity to see perhaps the most important Classic Maya city and to have an archaeological adventure. This is really an all-day trip – you might think about booking two nights to give yourself time to prepare and to recover.

Chenes Style Sites In Campeche: Within Two Hours

Santa Rosa Xtampak, Oxtankah, Hochob, El Tabasqueno, Dzbalnocac.

Chenes, Puuc & Peten Style Sites: Within Three Hours

Edzna, Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, Labna, Xlapak, Chunhuhub, Xcalumkin, Kanki, Chacchoben.

Maya Sites: Within Four Hours

El Tigre, Comalcalco, Lamanai (Belize), Altun Ha (Belize), Xunantunich (Belize), Caracol (Belize).

Maya Sites: Within Five Hours

Palenque, Bonampak, Tonina, Yaxchilan, Coba.