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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Durango

The Madre Occidental Mountains and the climate in this state make its flora and fauna as formidable as bears, cacti and eagles. It also has a geographic diversity that allows practicing extreme sports like mountain biking, kayaking and rappel. This has also facilitated filming of many international films in the area. It is also home of the famous Zona del Silencio (Zone of Silence), known for its very particular magnetic properties, and it is Pancho Villa’s birthplace.

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Coahuila

The third largest state in the country is one of the most outstanding industrial regions, and at the same time, includes a group of ecological reserves such as the Del Carmen Mountains or Los Novillos National Park. The Nazas river also runs through this territory. Business tourism and unforgettable desert landscapes make Coahuila a very original destination.

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Nuevo León

This state is located in the country’s northeast, a truly important place for the history and progress of the Mexican Republic. Its ecotourism attractions are plenty, and the gastronomic and sporting traditions stand out. Because it is such an important industrial and financial center, the quality of life of its inhabitants has improved over the past decades.

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Sonora

The diversity of landscapes makes Sonora a highly enjoyable destination for visitors who are seeking adventures and strong emotions in this area of the Madre Occidental Mountains, the desert and its beautiful towns. The diversity in ecosystems allows activities like diving, fishing, mountain biking and hiking. The virgin beaches on the northern Sea of Cortés are also a great attraction.

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