The ancient Mayan cities are very varied, with common features and patterns that unify them. Comalcalco is one of those different cities.

The great territory that covered the Mayan civilization allows to see different styles of architecture, construction materials, water channels. The ancient Mayan city of Comalcalco is located in the Mexican state of Tabasco, territory that was part of the vast Mayan civilization.

Located near the Gulf of Mexico, Comalcalco was a strategic city in the commerce, channeling different commercial routes with the North of the Gulf, Yucatan and lowlands.


The geology of the terrain is very different here in the Gulf than in the jungle of Belize or that of Chiapas. The populations of each place took advantage of the materials of the area and built according to their needs, their geology, the climate, the architects of the cities and the ideas of the leaders. Just as the farmhouses in Navarra are different from Andalusian farmhouses, land law, climate, materials and knowledge.

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The more Mayan territory you travel, the more you learn through these magnificent cities about their history. Comalcalco It is built with bricks for which they used clay, wood, palms and oyster shells. The result is a unique masonry within the Mayan world. Curious right? 🙂

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Something that is repeated in the Mayan cities was the red color with which they were painted. The beautiful thing is to see some image of Comalcalco in its occupation stage. Let your imagination fly!


I continue to say that it is a pity that the INAH does not make available to the visitor small documentations and more didactic spaces to try to give the visitor a clearer vision of this magnificent Mexican and world heritage. Here they do have a good museum of site.


Enjoy Comalcalco, climb the structures to not miss the views, go through the Mayan arches, look Tomb of the Stuccos more precious and discover where is the cemetery where they found more than 66 bodies in funeral urns, with the usual cranial deformations among the Mayans to mark the high lineage or the pieces of jade embedded in teeth, practice that is still usual today in day with teeth or gold covers. Give cache

The stuccos

The city is well worth a stop along the way. And so you leave a bit of the most classic routes and places become closer and closer.

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Comalcalco, archaeological site

LOCATION: Comalcalco is located in the state of Tabasco, about 60 km from Villahermosa.
SCHEDULE AND SERVICES:Open from 8 to 16.30 daily hours. They do not sell drinks or food inside. There are services at the entrance. The site museum has the same hours.
PRICE ENTRY: 57 mxn. On Sundays the entrance of the INAH is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years, students, teachers and senior citizens with valid credentials.
HOW TO GET IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION? From Villahermosa, buses depart to Comalcalco (45 ").
NEAR ACCOMMODATIONS AND TIPS:You find lodgings in the town of Comalcalco, at 2 km. of the archaeological zone. At Hacienda La Luz, Hacienda Jesús María and Finca Cholula you can make trips through the cocoa process. Close to Comalcalco. Try to visit the Temple of the Virgin of the Assumption, in Cupilco, at 20 kilometers from Comalcalco.
WHAT TO BRING?Light and light clothes, hat, insect repellent, closed and comfortable shoes to climb structures and protect yourself from insect bites, some water always goes well.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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