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

Yucatan

THaving some sorbet on Montejo Avenue, discovering the grandness of Chichen Itza or trying the best cochinina pibil in the country are only some of the attractions of a state that has become famous over its independent spirit. Yucatec people, inheritors of the Maya culture, are so different from the rest of the country that their towns and cities also reflect this particular vision.

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Quintana Roo

Before the large tourist developments of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo was a single thing: jungle that meets the Caribbean Sea. And still today, this stretch that welcomes travelers from the whole world continues to be fascinating because of the same fundamental reason: the turquoise sea. The Meso-American coral reef begins in front of its coasts, which is the second largest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier. From Cancun to Bacalar, the diversity in options is huge: large resorts to small boutique hotels, although the attraction is always the same, the sea.

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