Northern Campeche attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Edzná


Edzná’s massive complexes, that once covered more than 17 sq km, were built by a highly stratified society that flourished from about 600 BC to the 15th century AD. During that period the people of Edzná built more …
Ruins in Chenes Sites

Santa Rosa Xtampak

Though less excavated than Edzna, Uxmal or Calakmul, Santa Rosa Xtampak is considered to be the largest and most important site in the Chenes region, and was perhaps the area's one-time capital. The long drive in me…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites


Though it only has one significant structure, Dzibilnocac possesses an eerie grandeur that merits a visit. Unlike the many hilltop sites chosen for Chenes structures, Dzibilnocac (‘big painted turtle’ is one transla…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites


About 60km south of Hopelchén, Hochob, ‘the place where corn is harvested,’ is among the most beautiful and terrifying of the Chenes-style sites. The Palacio Principal (Estructura 2, though signposted as ‘Estructura…
Museum in Hecelchakán

Museo Arqueológico del Camino Real

This tiny museum, on the north corner of the plaza, doesn't get much traffic. But it should. It contains a small but compelling collection of ceramic art excavated from Isla de Jaina, a tiny island due west of Hecel…
Archaeological Site in Chenes Sites

El Tabasqueño

Supposedly named after a local landowner from Tabasco, El Tabasqueño boasts a temple-palace (Estructura 1) with a striking monster-mouth doorway, flanked by stacks of eight Chac masks with hooked snouts. Estructura …
Church in Hecelchakán

Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis

Dating from the 16th century, the Iglesia de San Francisco de Asis (on the main plaza) is a former Franciscan monastery with wood-beam ceiling and striking altar; note the flaming hearts flanking a crucifix. It's of…
Church in Hopelchén

Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua

On the central plaza, the 16th-century Parroquia de San Antonio de Padua church features an intricate retablo (altarpiece), with a gallery of saints and angels amid lavishly carved pillars.