Things to Do in Campeche

Things to Do in Campeche, Mexico - Campeche Attractions

Things to Do in Campeche

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  • Siteseer1
    Jacksonville, FL831 contributions
    This is a beautiful site, very similar to Palenque to the south. You can't climb the main structure but you can the surrounding structures where you can get some great pictures. Loved this site. Well worth seeing, easily reachable from Campeche.
    Written May 30, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,084 contributions
    The UNESCO recognised city of campeche is a lovely place to visit. It makes a logical overnight stop between Merida and Palenque and only takes about half a day to explore the central historical area.

    The historical areas major highlights include its cobblestone streets, pastel buildings and remaining fortifications. I would start by going around the remaining walls (note even though there was initially 2.4km of wall and eight bulwarks, only 400m of wall and seven bulwarks remain). There are numerous English and Spanish information boards that mark the landmarks as you go around the cities perimeter.

    One suggestion I would have is to spend the 40 peso to go up on top of the section of wall at Baluarte de San Francisco/Baluarte de San Juan. The is located on the northern side of the hexagon, near the Puerto De Tierra or land gate. From the top of the walls here you can get great views over the city.

    If you do visit bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat as it gets very hot particularly in the afternoon.
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,084 contributions
    This is probably the biggest tourist attraction in Campeche.

    The city walls were built in the 1600’s to combat ongoing issues with pirate attacks on the city. Initially there was eight bulwarks and 2.4km of walls, composed in a hexagonal formation. Currently there is only about 400m of walkable wall and seven bulwarks remaining (San Pedro, San Francisco, San Juan, Santa Rosa, Santiago, San Carlos, Nuestra Senora de la Soledad).

    You can walk around the city walls for free. All of the bulwarks have information boards in english that can be read. There isn’t really any difficulty in knowing where to go given the obvious shape.

    If you want to go up and walk on top of the walls the best place to do this is the Baluarte de San Francisco/Baluarte de San Juan which is located adjacent to the Puerto de Tierra (land gate) on the southern side of the hexagon. It costs 40 peso. With an entry ticket there is a few historical items you can view (mainly cannons) but then they let you go up and walk around 400m of wall and visit the above two bulwarks. This affords decent views over the central historical city.

    If you do this be aware it is very hot in the middle of the day. Bring water, sunscreen and a hat.

    Definitely worth doing while in mexico given the uniqueness of the attraction.
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • Tim J
    8 contributions
    On my to do list. Introduced to several crafts people who make Panama Hats and came away with a beautiful hand made hat.
    Written February 16, 2022
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  • RGH
    Los Angeles, CA101 contributions
    Very well done small museum. Exhibits on early life, industry, and impacts of spanish colonization and pirates/ sea life. Great early clothing and cool cutaway of sailing vessel. We were impressed and enjoyed our stop.
    Written July 24, 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia14,246 contributions
    Our Lady of Immaculate conception is the full name of Campeche Cathedral. As many such across Mexico it's positioned on the main square - here in Campeche, it's the Independence square.
    The Cathedral dates back to 1540 when city was conquered by San Francisco de Campeche and it took almost 2 centuries to be built. It's a Baroque edifice with two bell towers. The interior is elegant with a beautiful altar.
    Written February 7, 2021
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  • ralphfromTexas
    Sherman, TX283 contributions
    Isla Aquada is about a 2 hour drive from The city of Campeche. It’s located on the lagoon side and it is where we were able to get the boats for the Dolphins.
    Written December 26, 2018
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  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,084 contributions
    The Malecon de Campeche refers to the 7km of waterfront promenade in Campeche.

    As previous reviewers have point out it is a little bit bare - with little shade coverage and only a couple of things to view.

    It’s main function seems to be as open space to allow people to exercise either by walking or cycling.

    Two points of interest are located on the malecon adjacent to the walled city centre - the first is the coloured ‘Campeche’ sign which serves as an excellent photo opportunity. The second (not sure of the name) is a tall pole adorned with what looks like an angel with wings. It’s located adjacent to the Campeche sign and seems to be where people cluster for sunset (which occurs over the Gulf of Mexico). Realistically anywhere along the malecon would be fine for sunset.

    Didn’t feel dangerous walking along here at all.

    There were some restaurants across the highway as you walked west.
    Written August 4, 2022
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  • Elena P
    Romania4,820 contributions
    The place is nice. I took a taxi for 50mxn to go and come back in the centre walking. The waterfront is very nice and the walk was pleasant.
    Written January 13, 2021
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia14,246 contributions
    You cannot miss this yellow colonial edifice when walking around the main Independence square.
    For a very cheap fee you can enter and feel the atmosphere and how the wealthier class lived in 19c.
    It's not a must see as you probably saw many such mansions, but worth if you're already there and it'll consume only around half an hour your time.
    Written February 7, 2021
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  • Acmeflower
    Bellingham, WA511 contributions
    We stayed at Xpujil and visted 3 ruins in one day. Becan, Chicana and Balamku. This one is not super bug but definitely worth stopping. Wear tennis shoes. You can climb the pyramid
    Written December 29, 2019
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  • TandTSwitzerland
    Zurich, Switzerland1,027 contributions
    Museum with good exhibitions of maya culture, it gives a good insight into the maya life. Staff is unfortunately not overly friendly. Still recommended if you are in the area.
    Written June 26, 2021
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  • kartikmexico
    Mexico City1,159 contributions
    Very nice door. The main entrance to the fortified city of campeche from the sea. Part of the fortified wall.
    Written April 22, 2017
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  • John J
    Merida, Mexico425 contributions
    Simple, old, barrio church which is in use daily as a place of worship. The black christ is much larger then we expected, almost life size, and lighted very well.
    Written May 8, 2019
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  • Regi A
    2 contributions
    A funny way to learn historic legends and facts, a good option to know the main point and some history of the downtown, great performance and nice places.
    Written April 13, 2022
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