Introducing Campeche & Around
Campeche state is home to vast stretches of tangled jungle, some of the region’s least visited and most imposing Maya ruins, forgotten pastoral villages, bird-choked coastal lagoons and an inspiring colonial-era capital city. It’s the least touristed of the Yucatán’s states, and in that lies its provincial, lost-land charm.
The backroads of the northern region bring you to forgotten underground wonderworlds, the massive restored Edzná archaeological site, and a handful of smaller, less-traveled Maya ruins.
This is also the wildest corner of the peninsula, and the Reserva de la Biosfera Calakmul is Mexico’s largest. Beyond the cacophonous roar of the howlers and hiccupping frogs rise massive Maya ruined cities like Calakmul and Becán. Along the coast, the Laguna de Términos is great for birding expeditions.
The southern coast of Campeche was affected by an oil spill in October 2007, and boomtowns like Ciudad del Carmen are changing the spirit (and environment) of the region. Nevertheless, the age-old grace of the campechano people abides.
Campeche is a colonial fairyland, its walled city center a tight enclave of perfectly restored pastel buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, fortified ramparts and well-preserved mansions.