Weaving nature with Campechan tradition
Calkiní, meaning throat of the sun in Mayan, shows the pride of its Campechan origins in its northern towns, which mix a bustling commerce scene with provincial calm. In Bécal you can find the famous jipi hats, which are similar to Panama hats. In Nunkiní, you can see Mayan ruins with buildings almost 25 meters tall. In Dzitbalché, a farming village, and towns such as Tepakán, Bacabchén and Concepción, you can enjoy a more relaxed easy going lifestyle.
The capital, Calkiní, hosts the major festivals: San Isidro Labrador in May, the Mercy of Christ in October, and in December the Month of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated, not to mention the festival of “Christ's 40 hours of agony” and its carnival. Also located in Calkiní, is the Franciscan mission that was promoted to a monastery in honor of San Luis de Tolosa, it is an ornate temple, unique among religious buildings of the area. And of course, here you can find the traditional fabrics of fine palm or cotton, which are woven into mats, hammocks and rocking chairs.
The delicate craftsmanship of the weavers gives way to beautiful natural areas such as El Remate, a spring which runs to with the sea through a large natural canal in the middle of the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve. An 8 kilometer long freshwater stream and spectacular aquatic and jungle scenery flow into Isla Arena, a traditional fishing community. A unique place where you can get lost or find yourself…
Parish of San Luis ObispoCalkiní, capital city
BécalWoman weaving jipi hats
PelicansIsla Arena.Petenes Natural Park
FlamencosFlamencos en Ría Celesstún