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johnnye00 Campeche - A travel report by John
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Colonial Campeche

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Campeche was founded in the 3rd Century A.D. and served as the principal town of the Mayan province of Ah Kin Pech. In 1517, Francisco Hernandez de Cordova and other spanish soldiers arrived in what is now Campeche.


Casa 6
Casa 6
Campeche feels like a Spanish colony mistakenly placed in the 21st century. The city is still surrounded by large fortifications on all sides with land and sea gates. The cobblestone streets and brilliant building facades continually take you back to the time of pirates, conquistedors, and Mayan tribes. The seafood is delicious and fresh, and there is plenty to keep you busy at night. Make sure to visit the Fort of San Miguel and the near by Mayan Ruins of Edzna. Walk along the boardwalk to see fisherman with fresh catches on the sidewalk, an enormous Mexican flag, and imagine pirate ships in the distance (their is a pirate ship cruise two days a week). The town is very peaceful and has virtually no trafic, foreign tourists are sparse, and dollars are not accepted.

Favourite spots:
Opening Ceremony for local youth sports, at ancient Mayan Ruins of Edzna
Opening Ceremony for local youth sports, at ancient Mayan Ruins of Edzna
The Mayan ruins at Edzna are certainly worth the trip. Walking along the boardwalk and visiting the historic sights in Campeche.

What's really great:
Gold was hidden with white paint for over 300 years, to protect from pirates
Gold was hidden with white paint for over 300 years, to protect from pirates
Colonial Architecture and Fortifications, Mayan Culture and Ruins, Great Food, Sunsets and morning jogs on the boardwalk


Sights:
Sunset on the boardwalk
Sunset on the boardwalk
Fort San Miguel, EDZNA, Boardwalk, Land Gate

Accommodations:
View of Courtyard in Hotel Americas
View of Courtyard in Hotel Americas
Hotel Baluartes and Hotel Americas

Restaurants:
Seafood Restaurant near the Cathedral
Seafood Restaurant near the Cathedral
La Pigua and any seafood restaurante

Other recommendations:
The closest beach to Campeche is Playa Bonita (Not that great)
The closest beach to Campeche is Playa Bonita (Not that great)
Playa Bonita no es Bonita!

Published on Wednesday January 19th, 2005


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Thu, Jan 27 2005 - 10:26 PM rating by ardelia

Hi there John,

Hope to see more from you. I really woiuld love to visit this place,very inviting. Thanks for rating my report on Phnom Penh too!

Tue, Jan 25 2005 - 05:57 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

xcellent pictures and nice report

Thu, Jan 20 2005 - 02:59 PM rating by davidx

This sounds interesting enough to be worth more description of your entries under several headings. I like the pics.

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