Two Weeks in the Yucatan Peninsula
There is so much more to the Yucatán Peninsula than the Riviera Maya. If you have two weeks to explore, you're in for a treat: refreshing cenotes (sinkholes), scuba diving with whale sharks, white-sand beaches either deserted or full of life (take your pick), breathtaking Maya ruins, beautiful colonial towns, nightlife for every taste and whim, delicious cuisine, biospheres and reserves, and majestic haciendas all await you in the Yucatán Peninsula.

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Rising high above the vast expanse of the Peten forest in southern Campeche are the towering pyramids of Calakmul. Calakmul was perhaps the most powerful state in the Classic Maya world, dominating the likes of Tikal for centuries and creating a network of alliances with other major players in the Maya empire. Climbing up and down the steep sided pyramid structures at the site is a real workout in the steaming jungle heat, but the views over the surrounding stretches of forest canopy punctured by other massive structures is worth it. In addition to the archaeological attractions at Calakmul, the site is crawling with wildlife as it is located about 70 km south of the main highway, straddling the boarder of Guatemala. The sound of howler monkeys fills the air as you wander the park enjoying the breathtaking scenery and spotting the occasional animal.

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