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 TownSan Francisco de Campeche
Fort of San JoseSan Francisco de Campeche
The five-story buildingEdzná, municipality of Campeche