Campeche and its Mayan History are a Easy Day Trip from Merida

Campeche, located in Southeast Mexico, is bordered by the states of Tabasco to the southwest, the Yucatan peninsula to the north east, and Quintana Roo to the east. It has a coastline to the west on the Gulf of Mexico.

The state capital, Campeche city, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997, cementing the city’s rightful place in Mexican history. The city center is a perfectly restored hub of pastel buildings, narrow streets, fortified ramparts and well-preserved mansions. Here you’ll find a genuine provincial capital complete with a frenetic market, peaceful boardwalk and old fishing docks.

Additionally, two perfectly preserved colonial forts guard the city’s outskirts, one of them housing the Museo de la Arquitectura Maya, an archaeological museum with many world-class pieces.

Relatively few tourists visit Campeche, and its citizens – the big-hearted and proud “Campechanos” – are likely to show you a hospitality not seen in other regional capitals. The city’s central location on the Gulf of Mexico, close to many Mayan ruins, is also the perfect base for day trips to Edzna, neighboring beaches and the Celestun biosphere reserve, famous for its many flamingos. And to top it all, at night, the gaudy lights on the illuminated church and other central landmarks add a magical feel to this gem of a destination.

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