Campeche was a very successful port dedicated to the export of timber and dyes, as well as gold and silver from nearby regions. This certainly does not go unnoticed as caribbean pirates began attacking just 6 years after it was founded in the year 1540. For 200 years they terrorized Campeche, raping, burning and robbing their people. In the year 1668, 5 years after an attack by pirates brotherhoods all bonded, the Spanish monarchy decided to constructed a thick wall of 2.5 km. It was of Hexagon shape and surrounding the community. The wall had 5 bastions or links between the sides of the wall, which acted as strong where troops were staying, due to its large size. At present only 4 bastions and much of the old wall stand, which becomes the major tourist attraction of the city.
In the State of Campeche, there are significant archaeological sites, including Edzná , which is an important Mayan city. It is south of the City of San Francisco Campeche. It is a place that takes you into a state of tranquility and peace. Worth contemplating for an upcoming trip, and it is another place that is majestic, much like Chichen Itza in Yucatan, and it is a Biosphere Reserve. It´s called Calakmul , but that's another story ...
A fishing town that is a paradise, with sun, sand, flora and fauna, as well as warm inhabitants and tasty food ... Everything here at Isla Aguada. It is in the southeast of the Republic and belongs to the state of Campeche in the city of Carmen.
San Lorenzo is an enchanted place close to Campeche where nature surrounds you in its sounds and smells, where the rose are on the palms and waves busting leave you stunned. It is a relaxing place where you see a landscape rich in flora and fauna, a perfect place for camping with friends and having past experiences or future adventures. In short it is a place that makes you feel in touch with yourself.
Each year, on behalf of the state government, this carnival in the beautiful city of Campeche, features many floats, people in costume, food stalls, and a beautiful tradition of the kings of the carnival. The carnival runs through most of the city boulevard.
The bastion of San Carlos replaced the old castle of San Benito whose construction was destroyed during the attack by the pirate William Parker. In the year of 1676, it was inaugurated by the Governor Don Sandro Fernandez de Angulo, but its conclusion was until December 18th of the following year, occupying an area of 1549.21 meters. Because the bulwark was completed during the reign of Charles II, it was named in his honour. In the same way that the others are pentagonal bastions, it's currently the only bastion that you can access by a modified street-level ramp to the first level. The wooden doors open to the bottom basement with two rooms that functioned as prisons, from which countless stories of tunnels and secret passages have emerged. The second level has a terrace that houses two powerful cannons and a bell tower on one of its edges. It also houses the keys to the city as well as masses. There's a Museography describing the evolution of the city through the centuries. The interior of the bastion holds weapons, furniture, sculptures and replicas of planes and parts of history. In one room, there's a sculpture of an Indian mosquito. From the top, you can see the "Sea Gate" and the "Bastion of Santa Rosa".
Because of the importance and the role that the Franciscan missionaries played in Mayan village, the land owes its name to this bastion. This is another of the fortifications of the city that still exists standing. The fort of San Francisco was responsible, along with St. John's, for the defense of the Puerta de Tierra. It has 2 small rooms, where the library is now the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Towards the end of the 19th century it took half of its structure to make space for a train. In its garden one can see the old ramp access to the roof where there are some nice views you can enjoy. The bastion of San Francisco has been restored to its original size and you can see the guard room, the storage room and the barracks, among other thinsg.
The boardwalk of Campeche has a length of 3.5 km, which runs parallel to the sea, between the monument of Justo Sierra and Avenida Joaquin Musel. It has a wide sidewalk for walking or cycling, benches, and even children's play areas and areas for outdoor exercise. Along the boardwalk there are several monuments and viewpoints as well as restaurants serving seafood. It is a great place to enjoy the sea breeze and a beautiful sunset.
In a beautiful eighteenth century colonial building, the Casa de Artesanías Tukulná is a shop where you can buy pottery, hammocks, books, preserves, delicacies, objects carved in wood or stone, bone and bull horn crafts, regional dresses, hippie hats (Panama type) and other palm objects. Tukulná (which means "the house of thought") is much more than a store, it's a space where you can discover a little more about the customs, traditions and folk art expressions of the town. The store is a showroom for various types of handicrafts from Campeche. At the back of the store there's a reproduction of a typical Mayan house reflecting the Mayan lifestyle of Campeche. Without doubt, it's the best place to do your shopping in Campeche! Hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 20:00.
It is the main pier, where you can rent boats for a trip around the bay and take tothe tour to see the dolphins and to take photos or videos. We also can go to islands such as birds, to swim. All this is on Campeche Island.
The Ecotourism and Adventure Center, Miguel Colorado, is surrounded by tropical jungle and lush vegetation composed of mahogany, cedar, ciricotes, sapodilla, pucthés and countless varieties of wild orchids. And amid this spectacular natural scenery, the Agua Azul Cenote can be found. One of the coolest experiences you can do here is to slide down a zip line across a huge sinkhole, 250 meters in diameter. You can also swim in rock pools more than 80 feet deep or you can go kayaking. Other adventure activities include hiking, wildlife watching, horseback riding and rappelling. It is located outside the town Miguel Colorado, about 30 km from Escárcega.
I came to visit the fort of San Jose, which I found amazing, but for me, this was the best sight. It houses a collection of model ships and also a number of other objects from this time. It can be reached by public transportation from the historic center of town but I recommend a taxi. Both the facade and interior are perfectly restored. It's definitely a must see if you are in Campeche.
Campeche is one of the cities that have managed to restore its historic monuments. Located about 5 miles from the center (you can get there by bus but I think most reasonable taxi), has stunning views of the sea. Right now is the Regional Museum of Campeche.