Campeche Travel Guide

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Campeche Highlights

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     History, People, Seafood 

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     not to much to do 

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     REEEELAX 

Campeche Things to Do

  • Sea side Walk

    The 5 km long quay along the Gulf coast highlights a beautiful avenue lined with palm trees, gardens and monuments. It features gorgeous viewpoints where some recreation areas have been constructed for families to enjoy the marine breeze and Campeche's sunsets. The boardwalk is constituted by pedestrian walkways, a cycling lane and a walking...

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  • Church of San Francisco

    The Church of San Francisco is the oldest Church in Campeche and was built in the 16th century. It is situated close to the Cathedral of the Conception. It contains five carved wooden altars painted in vermilion and white. The San Francisco monastery, somewhat further north on Miguel Alemán (Malecón) quay, is thought to stand on the site where in...

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  • Cathedral of the Conception

    Located in the Main Square, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception is one of the most beautiful attractions in the center. It's one of the oldest churches on the Yucatan Peninsula and was constructed between 1540 and 1705.In the beginning it was conceived as a small church with a thatched roof when Francisco de Montejo junior ordered its...

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  • Square of Independence

    The Main Square, where some examples of Colonial architecture can be observed, as the recently remodeled House of the Old Times.The cathedral church of La Concepcion stands on the Plaza Principal (Plaza de Independencia) which is also graced by beautiful old colonial houses.You can watch my 3 min 35 sec Video Mexico Campeche out of my Youtube...

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  • Puerta de Tierra

    The City Wall also contained four gates to allow access to the main quarters. The main entrances are the Puerta de la tierra ("Land Gate"), built in 1732, and the Puerta del mar ("Sea Gate"). The Land Gate is kept as a tourist attraction, having a light and sound show three nights each week and keeping original supplies and items from the 17th...

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  • City Wall

    The city retains many of the old colonial Spanish city walls and fortifications which protected the city (not always successfully) from pirates and buccaneers. Originally, the Spaniards lived inside the walled city, while the natives lived in the surrounding barrios of San Francisco.Due to the constant attacks of both English and Dutch buccaneers...

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  • Los Baluartes: The Old City Wall

    Unique among Mexican cities today, Campeche's Historic Center is still surrounded by the remains of a 2,560 meter-long defensive wall. Eight bastions, or baluartes, were constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries to protect the city, its citizens and riches from frequent attacks by French, English, Dutch and Portuguese pirates. Seven bastions and...

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  • MALECON

    A broad boulevard runs along the sea, but directly on the sea, is a wide walking path, with a separate jogging/bike path that gets plenty of local use. In the evenings, many locals either walk, jog, skate, or just hang out along the Malecon. Many bring folding chairs and use it as a public patio - be forewarned, alcohol is not allowed. Much of the...

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  • EDZNA

    55 km southeast of Campeche is the grand Mayan ruins of Edzna. The site is in a tranquil setting with little of the circus that goes on at Chichen Itza or Uxmal. The architecture is different from those areas, being mainly of Chenes style - though Puuc and other style influence. The star attraction is the Templo de los Cinco Pesos - the Temple of...

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  • WOW EDZNA WOW

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

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  • Baluartes Santiago

    There are seven of the original eight fortresses remaining. The suggested city walk includes visiting most of these Baluartes. The Baluartes nearest the plaza (_____) is a museum (entry fee 50 pesos in 2006). Baluartes Santiago is the most recent reconstruction - rebuilt in the 1950's. However they ran out of money, and all that was recreated is...

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  • Sunsets on the Malecon

    The waterfront (Malecon) in Campeche is a great place to come to watch the sun set into the ocean. Don't blink, you might miss it (the sunset, not the Malecon).The Malecon has green space with two paths - one marked for walking, one for bicycles and a waterfront road. We saw a lot of joggers (as well as the Carnival parade and a sunset).

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Campeche Restaurants

  • Locals place with good cheap food

    This place was full of locals when I passed by. The food was good, cheap and plentiful, and the restaurant and bathrooms were very clean. Waiters smiling and helpful. I got Package 3 which had chicken schnitzel, chips rice and salad, a drink and a dessert for 75 pesos.Despite the name it's not a cafe, nor does it serve coffee Chicken schnitzel -...

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  • Great Sandwiches Cheap

    Ok so i said before on other post i am a Campeche native and i like to eat seeing as i am a Hospitality events and tourism major with a concentration in restaurant and event management, i can tell you places to eat that arent necesarily in you tourist book, local snak shops and other stuff.Today i will talk about Xnak, next to Super Campeche which...

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  • Ambiance

    This restaurant is on the second floor of a building overlooking the main plaza of Campeche. To find it as you walk along the sidewalk, all I remember is a non-descript door leading upstairs. There are a number of artworks around to check out (I suspect they have lots of people waiting on busy days).The food was fine - compared to the other two...

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Campeche Transportation

  • MEX 180 Highway

    Mexican Federal Highway 180 is a Mexican Federal Highway that follows north through Campeche into Mérida, and finally east into Cancún.We take it to get to Uxmal Mayan Ruins from Campeche.The Royal Highway was the road used to link the two most important peninsular cities, Campeche and Merida during the Spanish conquest.You can watch my 1 min59 sec...

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  • Public transport to Edzna

    Combis leave from the markets in Campeche to Edzna. There is a street between the market and the Alameda park, the combis are blue and you will see a sign showing where they leave from, or just ask. There are also public buses which I was told left at 7am, 9am & 11am, the buses would be marked Pich, or Bonfilo.The combi I caught left at 10.30am on...

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  • Stay on the bus after the market

    When coming from ADO into town, almost everyone will get out at the market. However if you stay on the bus, it continues down to the waterfront from where you can access the old town through the Sea Gate.

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Campeche Shopping

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    As in all Mexican towns, the local market (Mercado) is a must-see area. It is here that townsfolk congregate and shop for meat, seafood, fruits and vegetables and other goods.

    In Campeche, the Merecado is just outside the city wall, on Ave Balartes Este between Calles 51 and 53. Right beside the Mercado is also the leaving-point for the Edzna vans, so it a very congested part of town.

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Campeche Local Customs

  • LATTER DAY PILGRIMS - EDZNA

    To reach the top of the Templo de los Cinco Pisos, you mount 65 steps which access the pyramid, providing a grand view over the complex and the local countryside beyond. Remember that many of the surrounding ‘bumps’ in the jungle represent further buildings that have yet to be uncovered from the jungle.

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  • When visiting Uxmal, you will...

    When visiting Uxmal, you will find a lot of Iguanas. They will not hurt you as long as you don't bug them. Don't be scared of them, just kindly take there picture and move on. They like to bask in the sun, like this one in the doorway.

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Campeche Warnings and Dangers

  • STEEP WAY - EDZNA

    To go up the 65 steps of the Templo de los Cinco Pisos, a rope is laid out in the middle of the main staircase. Use it if you are unsure of heights, but remember that it is usually easier to go up than come down. Take it easy with the heat which makes the exertion a bit more strenuous. The view from the top is worth the scramble, but care is still...

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  • Campeche: pretty safe

    Campeche is a safe town, low crime rates and even better people, very nice and with a good sense of hospitality, you will not find a nicer and cleaner town in Mexico than Campeche, i am a Campeche native studying tourism in Colorado, i have to say Campeche has a lot to offer turist and people who want to relax, there are several clubs and the beach...

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  • Humorous story, as this is...

    Humorous story, as this is actually just a personal experience, so the warning would be to myself. The picture of the beach here is on the Gulf side of the Yucatan by Celestun. We camped here on the beach for the night. At the same time, in Kansas City where I live, the biggest ice storm ever hit the area and knocked the power out. Fortunately for...

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Campeche Off The Beaten Path

  • NOCHONA - EDZNA

    One hundred thirty-five meters long, 31 meters wide and 9 meters high, this huge house with its enormous 15-stepped staircase on the east side is similar to other buildings found in other Mayan sites. It was thought to have been an administrative building and the steps could have also been used as seats for events which transpired in the Grand...

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  • JUEGO DE PELOTA - EDZNA

    The native game of pelota was played here as in many other sites throughout Mexico. The object was to knock a ball through hoops that were high on the sides of the pelota field. The pelota field here is found on the south side of the Grand Plaza, a small pyramid rising on the western side.

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  • TEMPLO DE LOS MASCARONES - EDZNA

    The Yucatan Peninsula is honeycombed by limestone. Some of the World’s largest cave systems can be found here. The limestone served as the basic building material for the Mayans. Stucco was used to mold decorations for the buildings, though due to its fragile nature, not many of the decorations have survived the years. Here, at the Templo de los...

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Campeche Sports & Outdoors

  • LAS PIRATAS DE CAMPECHE

    Here in Campeche, you have the Mexican Baseball League 2004 champion baseball club. I noticed more people playing, along with more fields devoted to the sport of baseball. I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2005 opening night game between the local Pirates and the Tobasco Olmecas. The stadium was full - about 7000 - and it was a true...

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  • Running

    People in Campeche must be among the most active in all Mexico - in other place did I see as many people jogging along the seashore. Campeche is located right at the Gulf of Mexico, with a nice wide footpath beside the main road. Great place for running. Of course I would have gone for a little run, but I did not know about that opportunity, and...

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Campeche Favorites

  • Swimming in the hotel pool

    I had another fondest memory in Campeche - wonderful swimming in the hotel’s pool. After swimming in the Gulf the day before it wasn’t so exciting but it was pleasant enough to remember the rest of my life. Why? Don’t forget it was the 31th of January and swimming in winter season is not usual for Russians you know!I was alone in the pool early...

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  • Bay of Campeche

    The Bay of Campeche is the southern bight of the bodies of water of the Gulf of Mexico. It is surrounded on three sides by the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco and Veracruz. It was named by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and Antonio de Alaminos during their expedition in 1517.The Cantarell Complex of five oil fields lies beneath the Bay of...

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  • San Francisco de Campeche

    San Francisco de Campeche is the capital city of the Mexican state of Campeche on the shore of the Bay of Campeche of the Gulf of Mexico.The city was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores as San Francisco de Campeche atop the pre-existing Maya city of Canpech or Kimpech.The city of Campeche is an example of urbanism in a baroque colonial city,...

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Top 10 Less-Crowded Mayan Ruins: Campeche's Edzna

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Despite being one of the most significant Mayan ruins, Edzná receives fewer visitors in a year than Chichén Itzá does in a day. The city's architecture reflects an amalgamation of differing cities and influences, including roof styles and corbeled arches from Palenque and giant stone masks of the Petén style found in Tikal. Founded around 400 B.C., the city reached its peak during the late Classic period, with a gradual decline beginning around 1000 and its abandonment in 1450. Since the city was located in a valley, it had frequent flooding problems, which caused the creation of a complex network of canals. The canals were used for trade and transportation, as well as defense, and gave the city an agricultural edge over other cities in the region.

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