Calakmul, Tuesday, August 30

We bid a fond farewell to our well air-conditioned room and its resident gecko at Iguanas Cabañas this morning with our sights set on one of the more impressive Mayan ruins at Calakmul. Along the way we ate a late breakfast at a Burger King.

Our Mexican camping guidebook advised us that a visitors’ center – 20 km from the highway – would be finished in late 2009, and that driving to the ruins would then no longer be possible.  A shuttle bus would ferry visitors to the ruins.  What we found was a museum, but no shuttle bus.  The ruins were another 40 km up a narrow access road.

We arrived in the early afternoon so after we toured the museum we asked if we could camp in the parking lot.  Yes we could, and parking was free.

Went for a walk around 6.  Found a nice butterfly (or moth) to photograph.  Bugs found a nice meal.