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UNESCO World Heritage site

The State of Campeche is the least visited of the three Mexican states that make up the Yucatan peninsula and in fact it was the last one we went to see as well. Campeche covers the southwestern third of Yucatan, and the city of Campeche is a coastal town of 175,000 people 2 1/2 hours bus ride from Merida.

One of Campeche's features is its city walls and forts. As Campeche was a Spanish trading post, it was constantly besieged by pirates. In response, the Spaniards built a thick stone wall shaped like a hexagon that stretched some 2.5 km around the city. In addition, eight bastions (baluartes in Spanish) were spaced evenly among the wall. Seven of those bastions remain to this day, and some contain museums and gardens, etc. Because it is a Baroque colonial town and because of its fortifications against pirates, Campeche has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

We spent three days in Campeche, walking about in the walled city (which has no bus fumes to worry about and has cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings), and visiting a nearby Mayan ruin -- Edzna. Campeche is typical of most cities in the Yucatan -- it has a central plaza, which has the important buildings of the city surrounding it, and a market (Mercado) nearby where locals buy fruit, vegetables, meats and other goods. Although Campeche City has a long west-facing waterfront (Malecon) it has no beaches -- nice sunsets though.

Walking tour of Campeche

First of all to get to Campeche from Progreso (where we were renting a condo), we took the bus from Progreso to Merida, then an ADO bus from Merida to Campeche. As you can see, Campeche is on the west coast of the Yucatan peninsula. The Yucatan peninsula including under the ocean to the north is limestone bedrock. As such, back in the Spanish conquistador day, Campeche was a significant port.

Because of Campeche's walls, the downtown is quite closely contained, and it is recommended to go on a walking tour of the town. My "Things to do" tips will primarily cover the different aspects of our walking tour.

Mayan ruin of Edzna

As there is no VT destination for Edzna, we have included our Edzna ruin photos and experiences in the "Off the beaten track" area of Campeche.

The most recognizable feature of Edzna is this Five-story Pyramid, which is fun to climb, even more fun to descend.

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  • In a nutshell:A quiet, less-visited city
  • Last visit to Campeche: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ciaobella55's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Thanks for your info. I am planning a visit to Campeche and didn't know whether Edzna was worth a visit, but will defintely do so now.

  • wilocrek's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Excellent page! I have been all over the Yucatan but haven't heard of Edzna till now! I'm heading down to the Yucatan in June, I think I will try and include Edzna!

  • Gatopardo's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    This is a very good page about Edzna, thanks for sharing it!!!

  • Vulindlela's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2007 at 9:15 PM

    Wonderful photos and information! Mexico sure is a beautiful country.

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2006 at 8:11 AM

    I found the visit to Edzna worth the trip to Campeche - the colonial flare is just an extra! Nice tips and photos.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2006 at 12:42 PM

    The temples look awsome = I like less visited places - enjoyable reading with great extra photos Thanks for the tour!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 2, 2006 at 9:50 AM

    A most interesting presentation of Campeche. Very thorough, informative, & interesting tips. Your style of narration is fun to read as well as helpful. Enjoyed your use of multiple photographs.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 5:35 PM

    A first-class page Lats!! Your tips on Edzna were great & yes, the ball-court at Tikal was also aligned N-S! All these old Spanish town seem to have similar layouts. Nice Transport tip too - we heard in Belize about how good the Mexican busses were!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2006 at 3:15 PM

    tks for the memories! Jus had hours there &a steal-band protest concert instead of classical...but I'll go back! Read "How to breast-feed" in an Argentine paper last week and 'that' way was the 2nd way of holding baby... looks difficult for both!


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