Everyone has heard about the ruins of Tulum, Chichen Itza and even Ek Balam. But if you venture off the beaten path the southern part of the Yucatan Peninsula has ruins hidden in the jungle that any Indiana Jones wanna-be will definitely love plundering around in the rainforest.
Just West of Chetumal highway 186 is the main highway that cuts across the Southern part of the Yucatan. The ruins of Kohunlich and Dzbanche are in reach for day trippers coming from the Costa Maya, Laguna Bacalar, Mahahual and Xcalak. Drive on through to the state of Campeche to visit the ruins of Xpujil, Chicanna, Becan, Rio Bec, Hormiguero and Calakmul. Many of these ruins sites have the architectural style of the Peten region of Guatemala. It is even said that from the top of the castillo at Calakmul, on a clear day you can see over the jungle to Guatemala.
We would recommend if you are going to the ruins in the state of Campeche, such as Calakmul, to spend the night. Puerta Calakmul is the perfect spot for a night or two as you dig around the area and step back into time.