Calakmul is a huge Maya site located deep inside the tropical forest of the Tierras Bajas of southern Mexico.
The City of the Two Adjacent Pyramids, Calakmul was one of the most important Mayan cities of the lowlands together with archrival Tikal.
There are 6,750 ancient structures identified at Calakmul; the largest of which is the great pyramid at the site.
Structure 2 is over 45 metres (148 ft) high, making it one of the tallest of the Maya pyramids. Like many temples or pyramids within Mesoamerica the pyramid at Calakmul increased in size by building upon the existing temple to reach its current size.
The most prominent building in Muyil is its pyramid.
Atop it, one can get a great view of the surrounding jungle and nearby lagoon that is part of the Si'an Kan Biosphere.
Muyil archaeological site is located on the mainland side of a lagoon in the Sian Ka´an Biosphere.
This ecological area of 1.3 million acres houses many secrets.
The residential remains of the city cover some eight square miles (20 square kilometers), and its extensive system of canals and reservoirs once served a population of over 50,000 Mayans.
Calakmul was first sighted from an airplane in 1931 by Cyrus L Lundell during a botanical expedition.
It was he who gave it its present name, made up of the Mayan words ca (two), lak (near), and mul (mount/pyramid).
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