The State of Campeche spans limestone hills, rainforests and the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Its namesake capital is a colonial-era harbor city with cobblestone streets and a walled historic district.
One of the most beautiful capitals in the Yucatan Peninsula UNESCO designated Campeche a planning model for a colonial baroque city, in addition to awarding it a World Heritage Site. It has 17 archaeological sites including Calakmul, the largest Mayan city that has ever been discovered.
If you are looking to escape from the tourist traps the the peaceful beaches of Campeche are definitely for you.
Campeche has lots more to offer that you will love, from its beautiful colonial port, several Mayan ceremonial centers and museums and majestic nature reserves.
Located in the southeast corner of Campeche, just 35 miles from Guatemala, is another center of Mayan civilization, Calakmul. The urban zone here occupies an area of 42 square miles—twice as large as Tikal in Guatemala—and comprises more than 6,700 structures, one of which is the tallest pyramid in Mexico. What makes the site even more amazing is its setting within Mexico’s largest nature preserve, a tropical jungle that is home to tapirs, jaguars, deer, howler monkeys and 300 species of birds. By arriving in early morning, one can combine game viewing with archeology for an absolutely unique experience.
When visiting Campeche you have to take a walk through San Miguel Fort, San José el Alto and Puerta de la Tierra, its buildings will transport you and tell the story of this beautiful city. By the way Campeche is Mexico’s only walled city. Under a government-funded project, about 1600 facades and monuments have been restored to their 18th century splendor.