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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Estados que Integran la Ruta

Queretaro

Queretaro has a capital by the same name, one of the most beautiful cities in the Bajío, full of history and traditions. Downtown, there are churches and Baroque buildings, as well as museums with excellent painting collections. The state is located at a crossroads, both historical and geographic. It was the stage for conspiracies that resulted in the Independence movement. It has natural areas that are breathtaking, such as the Gorda Mountains, which attract more than one adventurous traveler.

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Guanajuato

This is the ideal city to get lost among its streets which twist, cross and end in wonderful plazas full of history but also restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores. Guanajuato was one of the richest cities during the Colony and this abundance is reflected in its churches, monasteries, theaters and museums. It is also a birthplace of the Independence movement, and venue of one of the most important cultural festivals in the continent.

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Jalisco

Between tequila, music and the cultural wealth of Jalisco, there is never enough time to visit one of the states with most drive in the country. From movements and proposals by young people in the cities, to the natural beauty of its coasts, Jalisco has become renowned throughout the world. However, it is thanks to the popularity of tequila that this destination is particularly delicious. Art galleries, museums, Pueblos Magicos, nature and first-rate gastronomy make this place an obligated stop.

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