Camino Real: A Glimpse into Ancient Mayan Life
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Welcome to Camino Real and a glimpse into how ancient Mayans lived thousands of years ago. You can see first-hand where the Mayans spent their time and built their lives.
The ruins of Kanki has monumental architecture in early Puuc style, made even more stunning because of the surrounding vegetation. The Kanki people used the nearby hills to build the site’s center, the many levels of patio being connected by various structures.
Another stop along the tour is in Becal. Also north of Campeche, here you can explore a number of wet limestone caves and see artisans hand make the famous Panama hats from a material referred to as hippie. These hats are for sale and can be a fun memento of your trip to Camino Real.
Touring Camino Real will provide you with a sense of what life was like at the time of this ancient population. You may also stumble across an archeological excavation during your journey, which will provide you an opportunity to see authentic artifacts from the era.
Dine on Chapalinos, a Native and Unique Dish
If you are feeling brave during your visit to Camino Real, try the native dish known as chapalinos. An area favorite, this dish is actually grilled grasshoppers. After the tiny insects are cleaned thoroughly, they are toasted on a comal surface and seasoned with salt, agave worms, lime juice and garlic, creating a sour-salty-spicy flavor to the finished product. In some areas, the grasshoppers are toasted with chili. If you try this dish, make sure you sip on some local mezcal to wash it down.
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