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

Michoacán

One of the most diverse states in the country, it is a place where indigenous traditions are conserved at the same time that it boasts a rich Spanish legacy. Its attractions range from the Colonial city of Morelia, a World Heritage site, to virgin beaches such as Maruata, Nexpa or Faro de Bucerías; and it also includes small traditional towns around the lake in Pátzcuaro and the monarch butterfly sanctuary. In Michoacán, people who changed the course of the country’s history were born, like leaders from the Independence José María Morelos and Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, and former president Lázaro Cárdenas.

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Guerrero

Where to begin? There are beaches, naturally, led by the very famous Acapulco bay, but also Ixtapa with its fine sand or Playa Paraíso and its youthful ambiance. The center of the state was the birthplace of the father of the nation who gave it its name, Vicente Guerrero, and the state includes historical cities as well as nature. The mountainous region is where traditions and landscapes are best conserved: forests, valleys, ravines, waterfalls and rivers, and also rites and customs. It is a state rich in handcrafts where extreme sports can be practiced.

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