Hecelchakán

A well-deserved break along the way

The name Hecelchakán has always been linked to rest for travellers. The name comes from the Mayan words helel (savanna) and chakan (rest), a good description of what this place still is. Founded between 1500 and 1600, it has been said that in ancient times, travelers on long journeys stopped here for water from the large cenote, where the leafy trees provided them with shade and fruit.

Later, in colonial times, the small town shone again due to its strategic location on the Camino Real, where the paths to the cities of Campeche and Merida converge. Do not miss the Camino Real Anthropological Museum, a beautiful 17th century mansion in the main square with a simple collection of Mayan artefacts.

If you get as far as the town, about 50 kilometers northeast of Campeche, you'll find a large indigenous population who have kept many of their traditions and where the houses have retained Mayan features. There are almost no cars, and tranquillity and kindness are the norm. It has a very interesting market.

Most of the municipality is jungle, located in the heart of the Los Petenes reserve, and the coast is lined with mangrove and tular trees. Here by the sea, waits a Mayan treasure that leaves no one indifferent: the island of Jaina, a necropolis with ruins dating from 600 to 1200 A.D. There are an estimated 20,000 graves here.

On November 2, don´t miss the World Festival of the Day of the Dead in the Pomuch Mayan World.

  • Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    Church of St. Francis of Assisi
    City of Hecelchakán
  • Jaina Island
    Jaina Island
    Municipality of Hecelchakán
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    Square
    City of Hecelchakán

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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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    Nature and Archeology Museum

    Calakmul

    From 8:00 to 16:00

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  • The Place of sun, light and sound

    The Place of sun, light and sound

    Campeche

    At 20:00

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  • Con Sabor a Chocolate

    Con Sabor a Chocolate

    Campeche

    Viernes y Sábado 18:30 hrs

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    Vive la leyenda

    Campeche

    Viernes y Sábado 20:00 hrs

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