Campeche
Mexico
By Brandi N.R. Rhone

Campeche is a port city located in the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico. Campeche is the capital of the state with the same name. This now serene colonial city had a turbulent past and the evidence of this is still very apparent in the architecture. Campeche was a favorite place for pirates to plunder and the city survived by making a fortress to combat the onslaught of attacks. In order to preserve the facades that still remain from that time Campeche is now a UNESCO protected city with a more tranquil presence.

The main airport in Campeche is Airport Campeche MX (CPE) and has direct flights daily with the international airport in Mexico City. Also nearby is the international airport in Merida (MID) which is about a 2hr bus right away. Look for prices for these airports at WhatsCheaper.com by going here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php). There are many places for lodging as well and for WhatsCheaper.com recommendations go here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

Campeche is considered a hidden jewel in Mexico. It has many offerings that attract travelers looking for romance and adventure. Many people hear Yucatan Peninsula and think of Cancun spring break. Exciting yes but if you are looking for a more relaxing place to visit then Campeche is just what you are looking for.

One of the more popular things to do in Campeche is visiting the Bulwarks. Due to its location and resources Campeche was a target of frequent pirate attack for many years. There are seven structures of the original Fortress walls that were built in the 17-18th century around the city for protection. Each of the walls and building remaining offers some new aspect that complements the history of the area at the time when it was most volatile. They have exhibits and museums like the one found at the Bulwark of Soledad, for a cultural background and gift shops with Mayan art. The Bulwark of Santiago is where the botanical garden is located with a rich assortment of flora. Not to miss is the roof top of the Bulwark of San Francisco you can get a panoramic view of the city Campeche.

Other buildings from this time worth a visit are the Carvajal Mansion, Municple Files (former school and later prison) and the remodeled Casa de las Artesanías Tukulná.

There are four beaches near Campeche. Playa Bonita is the closest, with calm waters, soft sand, its perfect for relaxing the day away. Next is Punta Seybaplaya, this is the most popular beach, featuring white sand, rock formations and for the more adventurous, you can try some exotic seafood dishes here including octopus and shark.  Punta Xen beach has small waves and is also the nesting place for Hawk-bill Sea turtles. The farthest away is the Sabancuy area which offers several calm water beaches. It has the least amount of visitor traffic but is recommended for water sports.

Campeche is located nearby some important Mayan archeological sites. Ednza is home to the Templo-Palacio (Temple Palace) which is a five level structure built on a platform with some rooms on the top level. Santa Rosa Xtampak, a 22 acre site is believed to have been an important political center due to the large area it covers and the many structures found there. You can also visit Calamkul where you can see Structure II, thought to be the largest building in Mayan construction and the site of the largest number of monoliths in the Mayan territories at around120 steles.

Nightlife options are abounding in Campeche. Whatscheaper.com recommends visiting Fort San Jose El Alto for the nightly Light and sound show called El Lugar del Sol at the Puerta de Tierra. This production depicting the history of Campeche is done Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm. After the show you can go to the bars, clubs and restaurants in the area or stroll the Boardwalk. 

Campeche is also known for it Carnival celebrations. They have many events going on during this time starting with burning Mal Humor (negative/bad things or spirits), as well and a parade and musical and dance performances. They do this every February (dates vary) so if you are looking for an exotic place to celebrate Carnival Campeche Mexico is an option.

A city with the history and romance of a feature film, Campeche really is a fantastic vacation destination.

MUST SEE IN Campeche LIST:

  • 1. Main Plaza
  • 2. Campeche Trolley
  • 3. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception
  • 4. Puerta de Tierra
  • 5. Musical Fountains
  • 6. House 6
  • 7. Fort San Miguel
  • 8. Boardwalk
  • 9. Bay of Campeche
  • 10. Fort San Jose

Campeche EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Three Wise Men Celebrations - January
  • 2. Campeche Carnival - February
  • 3. Festival of the Christ of San Roman - September
  • 4. San Francis Festival - October
  • 5. Culture & Artisans Festival - November
  • 6. Virgin of Guadalupe Festival - December

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Hacienda Puerta Campeche
Calle 59 No. 71, Centro, 24000 Campeche, Mexico
By Anna Falardeau

The Hacienda Puerta Campeche is a spacious, open luxury hotel composed of restored 17th century houses with all the modern amenities you need. A taxi will quickly get you from Campeche International Airport to the hotel only two miles away, and valet service will be available upon arrival if you drive yourself or rent a car. Upon checking in at 3 p.m., you can relax in Mayan-style woven cotton hammocks or go explore the city of Campeche with the hotel’s shuttle service. Located in the heart of the city, this hotel is great for exploring the downtown areas or planning a daytrip out to Edzna, an archeological site.
    
If you’re not feeling adventurous, this hotel is perfect for lounging around inside. Each guest room and suite is a little unique due to the restored buildings that compose the Hacienda. All rooms include a television equipped to receive cable and satellite channels and complimentary internet access. You can sleep away the night in the double bed or a hammock, both of which will be in your room. Depending on the room you book, you can have a mini bar, an extra sofa bed, a sitting area, and/or a desk.
    
Enjoy the hot afternoons of Campeche swimming in the indoor or outdoor pools. Kids will love the unique pool shapes and hidden alcoves to swim into, and parents can enjoy the spa services while little ones are safe with the hotel childcare service. Hammocks can be found hanging in the pool areas or the solarium for a perfect nap or for reading a book from the hotel library, and a business center and event room is available for those visiting on business. If the indoors aren’t for you, concierge services are available to help you plan the perfect outing around town.  After a long day sightseeing, come back for an amazing dining experience at La Guardia Restaurant in the hotel.
    
When it’s time to leave, check out at noon and stop by the gift shop for some last-minute souvenirs before heading to the airport! Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mexico both in the city and in your hotel here at the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. Book now with WhatsCheaper.com by clicking here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Holiday Inn Campeche
Av. Resurgimiento S/N Col. Prado, Campeche , 24040 Mexico
By Janice Bockelman

Overlooking the crystalline waters of the Gulf Coast and less than five miles from the Ing Alberto Acuña Ongay (CPE) airport, Holiday Inn Campeche fits the bill for both the spontaneous adventurer and the business traveler. The hotel is conveniently located a short distance from the Convention Center, and Campeche’s colorful city center which, despite its UNESCO World Heritage status, still remains a bit undiscovered.

Holiday Inn Campeche offers an array of inviting rooms and bedding options, including standard and ocean view guest rooms, executive rooms and suites. All rooms include premium services such as turndown service and access to the business center. In-room entertainment options, including cable satellite TV, a CD player, and free Wi-Fi access are also included in each room.

Guests can unwind in the ocean view fitness center, or take a dip in the outdoor pool. At Antara, the hotel restaurant, both flavorful Yucatecan classics and international dishes are on offer. Guests can relax and enjoy a refreshing tropical beverage or an ice-cold Sol at Aqua, the chic hotel bar and lounge.

Steeped in pirate lore, Mayan culture and Baroque architecture, Campeche guards many of the Yucatan’s best-kept secrets, and Holiday Inn Campeche is your gateway for exploration. The hotel is just few kilometers from the Baluarte de Soledad, the largest of the city’s eight 18th century bastions and home to the Museum of Mayan Architecture. Also nearby, the Baluarte de San Miguel serves as the Museum of Mayan Art, which offers stunning rooftop vistas of the Gulf and city. Less than 45 minutes away, the Mayan ruins of Edzná make a tempting day trip. Guests can end their day by joining the locals and wandering along the malécon, the palm-lined seafront path, or among the cobblestoned streets of Campeche, taking in the pastel-colored colonial buildings.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to discover Campeche and book your room at the Holiday Inn Campeche today. Click on the link to start now (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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