Campeche

Art and history between the bastions and ramparts

Ah Kin Pech, the place of the Lord of the Sun, was named San Lazaro by the Spanish conquistadors, who on hearing the original name "Can Pech" spoken by the natives, Hispanicized its pronunciation and renamed it Villa de San Francisco de Campeche, beginning their conquest of Yucatan.

If you walk through the streets of its old town, a World Heritage Site, within its walls you will discover the fascinating stories and legends of pirates, conquistadors and Mayan settlers. The city conserves its huge bastions and ramparts, which defended its rich legacy of temples, plazas and palaces from pirate attacks. It was the most strategic shipping port between New Spain and America. Campeche wood, honey, salt, corn, cotton, weapons, silver, porcelain, wheat and oil were exported from here.

Campeche has kept the original flavor of neighborhoods intact since it was founded as San Román. It hosts the festival of the Black Christ, the largest in the state. Its Carnival, the oldest in the country, has been celebrated for over 450 years. These events are not to be missed.

Don't forget to satisfy your appetite. The city has some of the best food in the state. Fresh seafood and fish are delivered to the local eateries and restaurants. Everything is deliciously prepared: fried oysters, wrapped pompano fish with achiote and a pinch of cumin, squid stuffed with shrimp, tamales stuffed with chaya leaf and boiled egg wrapped in banana leaves. Delicious!

Campeche is more than just the state capital. It is located beside the archaeological site of Edzná. Get away and travel to the ancestral home of Mayan civilization. Edzná occupied an area of over 25 km2. Around its large plaza, are the Great Acropolis, the Platform of the Knives, the Large House, a sacbé or white road, a ball game court, a complex of temples to the south of the Great Plaza, the Small Acropolis, and an interesting network of irrigation canals, among others. Do not miss the Spring Equinox Celebration on March 21.

If you are here on December 21, you have to go to the Concert on the Pier of the Last Sun of the Mayan World in San Francisco de Campeche.

  • Old Town
    Old Town
    San Francisco de Campeche
  • Fort of San Jose
    Fort of San Jose
    San Francisco de Campeche
  • The five-story building
    The five-story building
    Edzná, municipality of Campeche

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  • Alternative Tourism
    Hunting, fishing and birwatching
  • Scuba diving and archeology
    Dive among the lost treasures of a galleon
  • Crafts and tradition in Bécal
    The place where jipi hats are worn
  • To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    To the reflecting pool of Cenote Azul
    Swimming in the craters of the jungle
  • Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    Kayaking in the Ría Celestún
    A kayak can take you places one else can
  • Fishing in the Petenes
    Fishing in the Petenes
    Capturing the great tarpon fish
  • Hiking in Campeche
    Hiking in Campeche
    Step inside nature
  • Palizada Magic Town
    Palizada Magic Town
    An exciting getaway to color and tradition
  • On the trail of the Camino Real
    On the trail of the Camino Real
    Color and flavor of multicultural Campeche
  • One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    One morning in Ciudad del Carmen
    The flavor of the Pearl of the Gulf
  • A look at noble Campeche
    A look at noble Campeche
    The guardian city of its history
  • Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    Mayan archaeology in the state capital
    The splendor of the local culture without leaving the city
  • Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Calakmul World Heritage Site
    Wonder at the capital of the kingdom of the serpent
  • Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    Edzná, the city of the Itzás
    The house of the wise water men
  • The territory of the Chenes
    The territory of the Chenes
    In the jaws of the Mayan world
  • Río Bec Mayan style
    Río Bec Mayan style
    In the twin towers of the Mayan world
  • Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    Birds seen in the Ría Celestún
    300 species of pink flamingo
  • Bioluminescence
    Bioluminescence
    The magical lights that inhabit the sea
  • Releasing protected turtles
    Releasing protected turtles
    In the sanctuary of the beautiful hawksbill turtle
  • A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    A perfect day at the beach in Isla Aguada
    Just you, the sun, white sands and a turquoise sea
  • Boat tour through the mangroves
    Boat tour through the mangroves
    Nature as you've never seen it before

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    The Place of sun, light and sound

    Campeche

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  • Cultural Center House no. 6

    Cultural Center House no. 6

    Campeche

    From 9:00 to 21:00

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  • Vive la leyenda

    Vive la leyenda

    Campeche

    Viernes y Sábado 20:00 hrs

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    Con Sabor a Chocolate

    Campeche

    Viernes y Sábado 18:30 hrs

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