Campeche is synonymous with magic and enigma. This state, located in the southeast region of Mexico, is home to archaeology, history, adventure, mar, gastronomy and fun. You will be amazed by its beautiful Historic Center (UNESCO World Heritage site) and its enigmatic archaeological zones spread through its many rainforests, such as Calakmul, the first and only UNESCO Mixed World Heritage, or the Mayan City of the Itzáes. These two are indispensable sites to explore in Mayan archaeology.
Would you like to experience the presence of Spanish conquistadors, of Caribbean pirates, or the civil wars of the 19th century? San Francisco de Campeche City is the ideal place for this. With its walls, bulwarks, forts, and other historic buildings building an unforgettable historic landscape, with their red facades and the beauty of their architecture within reach at every step in this World Heritage city.
Nature also envelops this magical state. Around 40% of the land in Campeche is declared a “Natural Protected Area,” and two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.
Wejoytrip recommends visiting the X'Tacumbilxuna'An grottoes (Mayan for “place of the hidden woman”), a sacred site in Mayan mythology. Explore Calakmul, the ancient capital of the Mayan world, within the Biosphere Reserve of the same name, recognized as a Mixed World Heritage site by UNESCO, and with more than 6,000 structures making up the unforgettable ruins.
Every weekend at 8:00 p.m. in the archaeological zone of Edzná you can be part of an incredible multimedia spectacle of light and sound. “La Luz de los Itzáes” (“The Light of the Itzáes”) recalls the splendor and customs of the Mayan people. You can’t miss it!
Calkiní, a region with the highest artisanal concentration in the state, merits a visit. Ciudad del Carmen, with its beautiful natural sites pristine and untouched, is a great opportunity for the curious tourist: offering crystalline beaches, fine sand, truly unforgettable natural landscapes and impressive vegetation, a sanctuary for dolphins, turtles, manatees and other sea creatures.
Visit Campeche City and marvel at its beautiful walls and bulwarks, standing still through the test of time. Enjoy its rich gastronomy, recipes influenced by history to deliver a cultural experience in every delicious mouthful. Forty minutes away from the city, in the municipality of Champotón, you will find the tourist complex of Aak Bal (Mayan for “the source of all new things”), with apartment complexes, a hotel, a marina, a golf course, and a clubhouse.
Visit Candelaria and enjoy nature and ecotourism. On the seashore is Champotón, with the same name given to the river that runs through mangroves, a perfect place for birdwatching and fishing.
During your visit to Campeche you must make a stop in the beautiful Magical Town of Palizada. Located on the western region of the state, this charming town offers tropical architecture with gabled, french-tiled roofs topping its colorful buildings, and making this town a picturesque and lovely destination.
Other unforgettable destinations: Los Petanes, the archaeological zone of Becán, and the Campeche Haciendas.
Things to see and do Mayan archaeology, adventure tourism, fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, golf, gastronomy, birdwatching, the “gum route,” the route of Mayan towns, museums, arts and crafts, fairs and festivities.