Museo Arqueológico de Campeche & Fuerte de San Miguel
Baluarte de Santa Rosa
The Baluarte de Santa Rosa has some pirate-themed woodcuts and information on the city's forts.
Baluarte de San Juan
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Museo de la Ciudad
Named after Spain’s King Carlos II, the Baluarte de San Carlos houses the Museo de la Ciudad. This small but worthwhile museum...
Italian Coffee Company
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Cafetería Atrapa Sueño
This German-run, new-age eatery – complete with plant-filled patio out back – features a good selection of vegetarian fare, from...
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Museo Arqueológico de Campeche & Fuerte de San Miguel information
Campeche’s largest colonial fort, facing the Gulf of Mexico some 4km southwest of the city center, is now home to the excellent Museo Arqueológico de Campeche. Here you can admire findings from the sites of Calakmul and Edzná, and from Isla de Jaina, an island north of town once used as a burial site for Maya aristocracy.
To get here take a bus or combi (minibus; marked ‘Lerma’) from the market. Ask the driver to let you off at the access road (just say 'Fuerte de San Miguel), then hike 300m up the hill. Taxis cost M$50.
Stunning jade jewelry and exquisite vases, masks and plates are thematically arranged in 10 exhibit halls. The star attractions are the jade burial masks from Calakmul. Also displayed are stelae, seashell necklaces and clay figurines.
Equipped with a dry moat and working drawbridge, the fort itself is a thing of beauty. The roof deck, ringed by 20 cannons, affords wonderful harbor views.