CAMPECHE

 

In Campeche, you can still breathe the sort of relaxed air you find in a small town. The city’s small center, protected by a wall, hides houses that are surprisingly well conserved. It would seem that each façade is always recently painted. The Independence Plaza is filled during the afternoons, with locals that go out for some fresh air, while the imposing cathedral is illumined as soon as night starts to fall. Not only is it the only fortified city in the country, but its downtown area was also declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

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Archaeology

     
       

Campeche’s walls protect, literally, the archaeological treasures in the city. At the San Miguel Fort – Campeche’s Archaeological Museum – ancient pottery and jade masks are exhibited. At the Baluarte de la Soledad, formerly the Stele Museum, you can see the famous monoliths, framed by a great collection of pieces from the Jaina Island and Calakmul. Near the city, you will find Edzna, where there are pyramids and hydraulic works. And far away: Calakmul, the huge metropolis that the Maya abandoned at the mercy of the jungle.

 

 
       

World Heritage Site

     

This night, in this part of the gulf known as the Caribbean Sea, San Francisco’s bastions in Campeche sleep in peace. Far are the buccaneers and corsairs; their dark ships, their ambition and swords. The wall has served its purpose, and today there is peace in this living museum, its old quarters a stamp of the Spanish colony. The heritage it protects is no longer Mexico’s, it belongs to humanity: on the year 1999, it was declared so. In the end, it was not Morgan, Graaf or Olones who claimed the port; it will be memory for the future, a surety for nations.

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States that make up

Chihuahua

This is a city of quarry stone and clear skies. It is not strange to run into Rarámuri people on the streets, who descend from the Tarahumara Mountains to do their shopping or offer their handcrafts. It is difficult to ignore the meat cuts, the cold beer and other amenities from northern Mexico. Exploring mansions from the times of the Mexican Revolution, the cathedral, and Pancho Villa’s grave make this destination an interesting lesson in history. This is where the Chihuahua-Pacífico train route begins, which crosses the dramatic Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon). At the Naica mine, you can see the largest cave with crystals in the world, known as Cueva de las Espadas (Cave of the Swords).

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Sinaloa

The most active agricultural regions in Mexico are found in this state, which also has an important fishing fleet. It is known for banda music, its landscapes, rivers, ports as important as Topolobampo and, naturally, exquisite seafood, perhaps the best in the country. The port of Mazatlán is a favorite among beach destinations, but also because of its remarkable historical center, full of color and life.

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