Things to Do in Campeche

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Things to Do in Campeche


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  • Dan Patman
    Melaque, Mexico137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This small and quiet site is an impressive place to visit. There are still not many visitors (although that will change as the Tren Maya gets more popular) and that allows you to explore or use the on site guides at leisure.

    You can clip and explore all the structures except the main temple or 'acropolis'. Don't forget your hat and water as there is at this time nothing on site and not much shade.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • RudySzymon
    Chicago, IL1,249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For a small fee there is a way to walk on the top of the old city wall. Some of area have a nice view of Parque las banderas.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • Reid W
    18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I stayed in Campeche for 2 weeks and loved it! I would not exactly recommend visiting when we did (mid-late April) because it was incredibly hot, but we are from central Texas, so we could just barely handle it! :)

    Things we wish we would've been able to find out when doing research:

    - Some people had a working knowledge of basic English and some restaurants had English menus, but overall we needed to speak quite a bit of Spanish. We planned to fall back on Google's newer conversational translation feature, but even with downloading Spanish and English for offline use, our cell reception often wasn't good enough or there was too much other background noise and the phone didn't pick up what was said. Sometimes we'd type out what we wanted to say in Google translate, then show the Spanish translation to the person. Not the most charming way to communicate, but worked fine as a last resort.

    - The locals are indeed very kind and will do their best to communicate if you say "lo siento, mi español es malo" or "lo siento, no entiendo mucho español." Just something to let them know you're trying your best, but that your knowledge is limited. This helped us a lot because it set the tone that they should speak a bit slower and with fewer words. We did the same since that's all we could manage, and in the end communication was decent using this method! If you don't let them know that your Spanish isn't great, they will assume you understand and will just start talking. On one hand this is refreshing, but at the beginning when we were just getting used to things, it was a bit overwhelming.

    - If you are from the USA, beyond not drinking the tap water please take it seriously to NOT brush your teeth with the tap water either! Also be aware that many drinks like lemonade are watered down with tap water, so you need to think about that with everything you order at a restaurant. If you're unsure, just go with something canned/bottled..... trust me.

    - Many stores and restaurants close from around 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (at least during the hot season) as it is the hottest part of the day. Great time to take a siesta at your hotel or Airbnb!

    - We found the nightlife to be quite energetic from Thursday (basically their "early Friday") through Sunday. But then many shops would close on Monday and/or Tuesday to rest from the busy weekend.

    - We tried to go on a boat tour around the coast of Campeche, but the weather was bad every time we tried due to wind.

    - There are plenty of places to pull out cash at an ATM at a fairly good exchange rate! You will definitely need a good amount of cash while visiting Campeche.

    - Tipping culture seems pretty similar to the USA with some restaurants including it in the total price, others offering the usual selections of 10%, 15%, 20%, etc.

    - Steer clear of the elotes and esquites from the green "El Abuelo" carts. SO disgusting! And we're usually fans of elotes and esquites but theirs were absolutely awful.

    - There was a VERY pungent smell blowing in from the water (like rotten eggs and dead fish) that made it very unpleasant to walk along the water most days. I think this is a rare occurrence with the water biome or something, but it was still disappointing.

    - Many restaurant employees will stand outside and try to flag you down to come inside or sit outside. It's okay to just ignore them if you're not interested; at least that's what we observed the locals doing so we did the same.

    - The souvenirs in Campeche are more unique than many of the other towns we visited in the Yucatan Peninsula, so if you're looking for unique items, don't wait for something better to come along! We especially liked Joyeria Juan Sanchez (Opalos Mexicanos) where they have one-of-a-kind pots and other items made with traditional mayan materials, techniques and artwork! The shop owner is very kind and even took a picture with us to put on the wall since we bought a pot which I believe his good friend makes by hand!

    - The roads can be a bit difficult to drive on around the city because there are many speed bumps. Some of them are marked and others are not. So, just be very cautious if you drive a rental car.

    - The city is very affordable overall.

    - We felt very safe walking around the streets during both the day and nighttime.

    - A good portion of the city is still fairly poor, so be respectful of that.

    - Not every restaurant or store will have AC!

    This is everything I could think of pertaining to Campeche itself. Hope this helps :).
    Written May 11, 2024
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  • RudySzymon
    Chicago, IL1,249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice walk by the Gulf especially during the sunset. A lot of people walking, jogging and running. A lot of families strolling and enjoying the view.
    Written December 2, 2023
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  • Campbell M
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did see dolphins, but you almost felt sorry for them with so many boats chasing them!
    Our driver/pilot did break off the chase and settled for cruising the coast to see the bird life.
    Written March 6, 2023
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good interior display of the history of the region and the people, very gracious staff. I liked it and appreciated it grounding me in some information.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We like to visit during the day to see the interior (make sure it is open) and then return for the lights. Neither time were we disappointed. It has the typical and attractive Spanish interior decor with a niche cemetery out one door. We skipped the pay for entry museum in the courtyard as it looked like one room with just some religious articles not to our taste. Mass was just finishing when we arrived and it was sparsely attended.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were staying in Centro so we took a taxi out here (80 pesos) but when we finished there was no way to hail a taxi. We walked down the hill to the Collectivo bus stop, flagged down one and he was going direct to Centro...cost 8 pesos each. There were seats and it was not crowded and it was a good experience. We walked back to our hotel from where were dropped off in town no problem. So don't let transportation stop you from this good experience. It is not crowded and it has a really good collection.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Dylan B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing museum, art gallery and botanical garden, the tour of the botanical garden is very informative. You can realy feel the culture of bécal here 10/10
    Written November 9, 2022
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I might not have gone in without our guide directing us and I'm glad we did. It is a historic home with furnishings and a couple of non-historic chairs to rest on. He also explained the relevance to pieces, etc that added interest.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Anonymous855
    Trabuco Canyon, California1,729 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is very pretty at night, lit with a view down 59, and where musicians gather. Sometimes you wish they wouldn't as they are amateurs, lol. There were very few vendors here as it was winter? It is adjacent to the part of the wall that you can walk and get even better views.
    Written February 9, 2024
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  • Acmeflower
    Bellingham, WA502 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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