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Campeche, Mexico

Pirate history, forts, churches, and Mayan ruins

The city of Campeche, the capital of the state of Campeche, is located in the southern Gulf Coast region. The climate is tropical, with an average year-round temperature of 26º C (79º F). The city gets rainfall during the summer and autumn. At this old commercial port, a giant wall still stands that once protected the city from pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th centuries. In this walled city, you’ll see two forts (one of which houses a museum), seven bulwarks and two main gates (the Sea Gate and Land Gate). Thanks to these monuments and the spectacular buildings in the Historic Center, such as the Cathedral and the Templo de Guadalupe, the UNESCO declared Campeche a World Heritage Site in 2002. Without question, Campeche has one of the most well preserved historic centers in the nation.



During your stay in Campeche, we recommend that you visit the Museo de la Cultura Maya, housed in the San Miguel Fort, and the Museo de las Estelas Mayas, which exhibits regional art in the San Pedro Bulwark. At night, don’t miss the fascinating light and sound show at the Fort of San Jose El Alto. After the show, you can take a walk along the Historic Center’s cobblestone streets, where you’ll see a wide variety of stores, restaurants, bars and cafes. You can also take a stroll down the beautiful 3.5 km (2 mi) boardwalk, which leads to a tourist walkway, parks and a bicycle track. For more information on Campeche's sights and architectural highlights, please click below.

Campeche, Mexico Tourist attractions Sights, Architecture, Cuisine In 1680, the army engineer Martin de la Torre sent his discourse about "the plan for fortifications which the city of Campeche, in the province of Yucatan, needs" to Emperor Charles II of Spain. De la Torre explained that without fortifications the city was open to invasion and greed at the hands of... >>
Campeche, Mexico Tourist attractions Sights, Architecture, Cuisine


In Campeche’s surrounding areas, you can enjoy an outdoor adventure at the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, which is the habitat of hundreds of pink flamingoes. In addition, you can check out Calakmul, one of the largest biosphere reserves in the nation, which also has an interesting Mayan archaeological zone. Surrounded by major archaeological zones and colonial villages Campeche is an excellent destination to discover history, traditions and exciting adventures. Please find below further information on the archaeological sites in the area.

Campeche, Mexico Tourist info Archaeology and Nature The scarcity of surface water is characteristic of the Yucatan Peninsula, in particular in its rough and rocky interior. For this reason, wells and springs have always assumed a special significance in this area, attracting settlements in their vicinity from prehispanic times on. The so-called Chene... >>
Campeche, Mexico Tourist info Archaeology and Nature


Whether you would like to know more about the ruins of Edzna, explore the city of Campeche or visit one of the other amazing archaeological sites in the region, our recommended day tours will provide you with the opportunity to do so in style with your private guide. Please click below for more information.

Tours in the Campeche Region, Mexico Archaeology, Culture The town of Campeche is surrounded by archaeological sites, one of the closest being Edzna, that invite you to step back in time and learn more about the great achievements of the Mayas. The city of Campeche itself offers its visitors a variety of museums, like House 6 in the city center as well as ... >>
Tours in the Campeche Region, Mexico Archaeology, Culture


We have carefully chosen the most exquisite accommodations that have met our highest standards for comfort and style to assure your stay in the Campeche region is an unforgettable one.

Hotel Castelmar From $77/night Campeche, Mexico The building that houses Hotel Castelmar dates back to 1800 and was initially built to be used as army barracks before it was converted into one of the first ho... >>
Hotel Castelmar From $77/night Campeche, Mexico

Hotel Plaza Campeche From $85/night Campeche, Mexico Located in the historic center of the city of Campeche, close to San Martin’s Park, the Hotel Plaza Campeche offers its guests quality, elegance, comfort and se... >>
Hotel Plaza Campeche From $85/night Campeche, Mexico

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