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    Carnival

    by Redlats Updated Mar 13, 2006

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    Each year as Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Tuesday) approaches, there is the madhouse that is Carnival parades. Each town in Mexico has a number of parades -- parades for kids, parades for folk costumes, parades for the beauty queens.

    At the parades we viewed, normally participants throw out stuff to the crowds -- most often candy, but also T-shirts and other such stuff. Carnival parades truly are a madhouse. People line the parade route 5 people deep, and it can take hours to get away from the parade once its over due to all the people.

    We watched one such parade in Campeche. The honourary parade marshalls were two local soap opera actors. They were so popular that they were constantly mobbed -- I think their names are Alexandra and Sebastian (means nothing to me). See the photos for views of some of the floats.

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    Dancing Fountain

    by Redlats Written Mar 13, 2006

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    At the corner of Calle 8 and Calle 53, just inside the remaining city wall, there are a series of fountains. These fountains are a good place to visit in the evening as the city has classical music playing in the evenings with the water fountains dancing to the music. It was lots of fun to sit on the benches, and watch little kids dancing to the music and watching the fountains.

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    The Cathedral

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    Cathedral with Plaza in front
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    As a Spanish conquest, Campeche predates Merida. Francisco de Montejo defeated the Mayans in 1540 and used Campeche as the base for their conquest of the Yucatan peninsula. So the church at this location had its origins in 1540.

    However, the cathedral in its present Renaissance form was not started until 1650 - the first church wasn't impressive enough. This Cathedral took 200 years to complete (the second tower was not finished until 1850).

    As you can see in the photos, the catherdal is quite grand - both inside and out. There is also a 'museum' which features carvings of various saints that obviously form part of religious parades.

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    Cathedral De La Concepcion Inmaculada

    by Enzyme_X Written Nov 1, 2005

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    Cathedral De La Concepcion Inmaculada

    In 1540 Francisco De Montejo gave an order to build a church to comemorate the conquest of Yucatan peninsula in 1526. It was a simpel one, with wooden ceiling, coverd with palm leaves. Constructions on a new, one nave chatedral begun in 1650 and were finished at the beginning of 18th century.
    In 1895 pope Leo XIII consecrated the cathedral to Nuestra Señora De La Concepcion.

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    TRANVIAS DE LA CIUDAD

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Tourist tranvia ready to roll

    From the south side of the Parque Principal, you can venture forth on one of the tourist trains - tranvias. The tours are in Spanish/English and give you a nice overview of the old city, the fortifications, valuates, and principal sights within. They will give you a nice overview of the city running from 0900 to 1200 and picking up again in the evening from 1700 til 2000. Different levels of tours exist - the basic tour and then the ‘Guapo’ and ‘Superguapo’ tours, as well, which add further depth to the tour.

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    PUERTA DE LA TIERRA

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Cannon guards the old Puerta de la Tierra

    The Land Gate is at the other end of Calle 59 from the Puerta de la Mar. Constructed in 1732, this is where you went out from Campeche if you were heading on business in the rest of the Yucatan. It’s gate was covered by both the baluartes of San Francisco and San Juan. Unlike the Puerta de la Mar, this is the original and was not knocked down. There is a small museum of arms and at night there is a light show that takes place at 2030 every night during vacation periods - otherwise on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is recommended you show up a half hour early for the show. There is a nice bar opposite on the old city side - and just opposite, is an atmospheric hotel across the street.

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    PUERTA DE LA MAR

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Puerta de la Mar from the seaward side

    On the east side of the State Government buildings and just west of the Parque Principal is the seaward door to the old City - the Puerta de la Mar. The old gate was knocked down but then reconstructed when the locals realized the worth of what was gone. The street leading from the Puerta de la Mar runs directly to the other City gate, the Puerta de la Tierra - Land Gate. The old city walls have been reconstructed eastwards from the Sea Gate with the Plaza Muoch-Cuouh on the north side of the walls. The area out from the walls have been filled in over the years.

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    CATEDRAL DE CAMPECHE

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Front facade of the Campeche Cathedral

    The cathedral was one of the first Christian churches built in the Yucatan though that doesn’t mean when it was finished, for it took from 1640 until 1705 to complete. The church towers over the Parque Principal and has an elaborate façade. There area several other old churches to discover within the old city as well - San Francis Quito (16th century) and remnants of the Convento de San Francisco (1546).

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    PARQUE PRINCIPAL

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Within the Parque Principal

    The Parque Principal - the main square, zocalo of Campeche, also know as the Plaza de Indepencia - acts as the City’s living room. An elaborate bandstand sits in the park’s center and many shows take place here at night. A grand arcaded building - the old state government building - fronts on the park’s south side and the Cathedral is on the east. Tourist trains start from here and take people through the old city sections. If you spend any time here in Campeche, chances are you will spend a little time here.

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    BALUARTES Y FUERTES

    by mtncorg Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Night shot of a watch tower at Fuerta de San Migue

    The baluartes were small forts serving to reinforce the city walls. The walls have been torn down but the blaurtes remain. Several house small museums: Baluarte la Soledad - just to the west of the Parque Principal - has rooms with Mayan stelae and sculpture; Baluarte San Carlos - just west of the State Government buildings (modernistic affairs that were supposed to blend with the old architecture - they don’t - known as the ‘Jukebox and the Flying Saucer’) - has the City Museum with scale models showing the City’s fortification system; Baluarte San Pedro - a few blocks further south, has an artesania exhibit; Baluarte Santiago - a short ways northeast of the Parque Principal, has the Xmuch Haltun Botanical Garden with many Yucatan botanical species on display within the fort’s walls. Two hills are located on the coast on either side of the City upon which two additional forts were sited. Fuerte de San Jose is located to the north near the large statue of Benito Juarez, with some colonial military exhibits - the baseball stadium is below. Fuerte de San Miquel is to the south and houses a nice Museo Arquelogico complete with finds from Calkmul and Jaina along with the uniquely restored atmosphere of the fort itself, festooned with old cannons, and a drawbridge which crossed a moat of either alligators or lye. San Miguel is very popular with locals at night and affords a grand view over the City.

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  • Malecom

    by ssaarraahhoo Written Aug 11, 2004

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    You'll see plenty of families and couples walking along the malecom (boardwalk along the water) during the evenings. It's a good place to go for a jog, bike ride, walk and people watch or check out the sunset.

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    WOW EDZNA WOW

    by tripodologia Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Near Campeche city is Edzná and archeological area. Is beautiful and you can expend a completly day there

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