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Archaelogical sites in México: Campeche

What better way to learn Spanish than visiting a Spanish speaking country? Better yet, why not do this while learning about Mexican culture at the same time? Rich in culture as well as in traditions, Mexico is also very well known thanks to its archaelogical sites.

Archaelogical sites

In Mexico we call Archaelogical site to a place that preserves evidence of past cultures. Campeche is a city that holds many beautiful Archaeological zones in its surroundings. Throughout this text, you’ll find some recommendations for archaelogical sites to visit and discover during your Spanish-learning journey in Campeche.

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Calakmul

Located Southwest of Campeche state, inside the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. The name of this vast Mayan city means “two neighbouring mounds”, also known as Kingdom of the Serpent Head. Calakmul also has one of the largest concentration of estelas¹,  120 to date.

More importantly, Calakmul holds a World Heritage Site title given by UNESCO on account of being one the larget ruins through Latin America. There are many activities to do here such as camping, hiking, wildlife appreciation, etc. You can also find many guides who will gladly take you through the jungle and tell you about the wonderful stories told by the locals. What a great way to discover new words!

 

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Edzná

Considered the most important site of Campeche. During its time, it housed more than 200 constructions.The site contains a dam and canal system which provided water for the locals. It also was probably a road or a communication way. El Edificio de Cinco pisos is the most important structure in this place. Another important structure is Templo de los Mascarones, which has decorations of the Sun God in its endpoints.

 

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Becán

Found Southwest of Campeche. Its name means Gorge or Canyon Shaped by Water, which signals its more distinctive feature: a pit that surrounds the main architectonic ensemble, comprised by the largest and tallest buildings. The pupose of this pit was to serve as a deterrence measure against invaders.

 

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Jaina’s Isle

Its name is formed by the Mayan words “ha” or “ja” which means water and “na” which means house, literally House in the Water. Located 100 km North of Campeche, Jaina’s Isle houses two major buildings: “El Zayosal” y El “zacpool”, each marking the outer wings.

Now that you have your itinerary, you just have to buy a ticket and come to visit us!

Remember to check our site regularly, we’ll be talking about other archaeological sites you may want to visit as well as the food you’ve got to try!

 

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¹ (small stone monument, tombstone-shaped with funerary, geographic or commemorative purpose).

 

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