Xpujil Travel Guide

Stefan Cermak

The small town of Xpujil makes a fine base for exploring the natural wonders and Mayan ruins of southeast Campeche and southwest Quintana Roo. Very near Xpujil are the renowned Rio Bec and Chenes Mayan archeological sites, Xpujil, Becán, Chicanná, and lesser known Hormiguero.

Xpujil is the main town on Highway 186, which crosses the southern Yucatan Peninsula between the town of Escarcega and Chetumal, the capital of Quintana Roo state. Xpujil itself is serviceable, with a bus station, small hotels, comida economica restaurants, and all the stores and services that a rural county seat offers local inhabitants. In a nutshell: you wouldn't visit Xpujil if it weren't for the archeological riches in the area.

Among the accommodations are the placid ecolodge Rio Bec Dreams outside town and Hotel Victoria above the bus station. Restaurants include Mirador Maya and Chicanná Ecovillage, which is also the largest hostelry in the area.

The Calakmul Biosphere Reserve lies two hours to the west and encompasses 723,185 hectares (1,800,000 acres) stretching north from the Guatemala border. In nearby Quintana Roo are the ruined cities of Kohunlich and Dzibanche.

Where to Go in Xpujil


Hotel Puerta Calakmul

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Highway 186 Km 98.5 (on the access road to the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve)

Hotel Puerta Calakmul offers the only fine lodging inside the spectacular Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, located in Campeche state on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Balamku Archeological Zone

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Town of Conhuas

The elaborate painted stucco frieze at Balamkú is one of the greatest Mayan treasures still remaining in its original site – the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve near the towns of Xpujil and Conhuas, Campeche on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Rio Bec Dreams Restaurant

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Carretera 186, Escarcega-Chetumal Km. 142

The open-air restaurant at Rio Bec Dreams near Xpujil and Becan serves the best food in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve in Campeche state on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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