Bordering the state of Yucatan on the northeast, the state of Campeche’s history, culture, and nature come
together amid luxuriant vegetation, calm waters, and legendary stories, creating an enigmatic destination with fertile land and unparalleled ecological reserves.
San Francisco de Campeche’s history (the state capital) is etched on the remains of the wall used as protection from pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries when the port was still an important trading post. Located in the southern corner of the Gulf of Mexico, the capital safeguards its history with two fortresses, seven towers, and three batteries, representing the period’s military architecture.
A walk through Campeche’s historic center reveals important buildings such as the Cathedral and the Church of Guadalupe. A stroll along the city’s modern boardwalk is a contrast in architectural styles of the past and present. The city boasts major museums such as the Museum of Mayan Culture, with images and artifacts from the historic port. In 2002, the capital was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it preserves some Mayan traditions that can be seen in the inhabitants’ customs.
Be sure to taste the local cuisine with its specialties bursting with sweet, savory, and spicy flavors. And try the region’s plentiful seafood such as shrimp, a favorite culinary choice in this Mexican resort.
Embark on adventures from the beaches of San Lorenzo, Mar Azul, and Sabancuy; around mangroves off the nearby Ciudad del Carmen Campeche, an island 120 miles from the city; and amid the spectacular aquatic surroundings of the Los Petenes Biosphere.