Welcome to Campeche


Besides the walls and numerous mansions built by wealthy Spanish families during Campeche’s heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries, seven of the baluartes (bastions or bulwarks) have also survived. Two preserved colonial forts guard the city’s outskirts, one of them housing the Museo de la Arquitectura Maya, an archaeological museum with many world-class pieces.

Campeche is the perfect base for day trips to Edzná, the Chenes sites and neighboring beaches.


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$69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Campeche City and Becal Town Full-Day Tour from Merida

You will be picked up from your hotel in Merida and transferred to the small village of Becal, located just at the border of Yucatan and Campeche states. Visit 17-century colonial church and the Parque de los Sombreros, known for its big hats monument. Learn about the process of making Panama hats from Jipi-japa fiber, watch a demonstration by local artisans who have been working inside caves for several generations to preserve the quality of the palm fronds.From Becal you will continue your tour to Campeche, the ancient walled city, located at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and, once a fortress against the pirates' attacks during the colonial times. Your first stop will be at Fuerte San Miguel, the biggest 17-century fortress of Campeche, now converted into Mayan Archaeological Museum. After that, you will visit the historic district of the city and enjoy a local lunch. After lunch you will have free time to explore on your own, walk and take pictures of the cathedral and old city gates Puerta de Mar y Puerta de Tierra, before returning to your hotel in Merida.

$807 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days Mayan Heritage visit Tulum Kohunlich Chicanna Becan Misol-Ha Palenque Edzna Uxmal and Chichen Itza

DAY 1: Departure from Cancún to Chicanna. In route we visit the archaeological site of TULUM, perched on the coast of the Caribbean Sea and protected by a fortress wall and the second largest reef in the world. It is considered to be one of the last Mayan cities, their collapse were in 1600 AC. After this visit we will continue to the archaeological site of KOHUNLICH, to admire the great stucco masks, the ball court and the plaza of stelae. The last stop is the archaeological site of Chicanna, famous for temples with zoomorphic figures. Overnight in CHICANNA. DAY 2: Departure from Chicanna to visit the archaeological site of BECAN whose name in Maya means "cliff" probably because of the pit that surrounded the central part of the city at one time, after this we will go to the impressive waterfalls of MISOL-HA where time for swimming will be given; in the afternoon we continue to Palenque for overnight. DAY 3: Visit to the archaeological site of PALENQUE, a place of mystery and magic hidden in the mountains of Chiapas. You will be astonished by temples and the ornate tomb of Pakal. We will continue to the city of Campeche, the beautiful Pirate City. Overnight in Campeche. DAY 4: Depart from Campeche to visit the archaeological site of EDZNA, and its impressive buildings complete with acoustic curiosities! We continue to the state of Yucatán to visit UXMAL, one of the most romantic Mayan cities, known for its unusual rounded pyramid. Overnight in Merida. DAY 5: Depart from Merida to continue our visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World: CHICHEN ITZA, a site where the Maya brought together their knowledge of the heavens to astonish us each spring and fall, as thousands gather at the equinoxes to watch the serpent formed by the sun descend the central pyramid. Continue to Cancun and/or Riviera Maya, for drop off in your hotel.

$67 Day Trips & Excursions

Becal & Campeche from Mérida, Yucatán

You will be picked up from your hotel in Merida and transferred to the small village of Becal, located just at the border of Yucatan and Campeche states. Visit 17-century colonial church and the Parque de los Sombreros, known for its big hats monument. Learn about the process of making Panama hats from Jipi-japa fiber, watch a demonstration by local artisans who have been working inside caves for several generations to preserve the quality of the palm fronds.From Becal you will continue your tour to Campeche, the ancient walled city, located at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and, once a fortress against the pirates' attacks during the colonial times. Your first stop will be at Fuerte San Miguel, the biggest 17-century fortress of Campeche, now converted into Mayan Archaeological Museum. After that, you will visit the historic district of the city and enjoy a local lunch. After lunch you will have free time to explore on your own, walk and take pictures of the cathedral and old city gates Puerta de Mar y Puerta de Tierra, before returning to your hotel in Merida.

$1159 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5 Days of Flamingos, Henequen and Mayan Culture

Day 1: Arrival: We will move from Mérida Airport to the center of the city. We will participate in a tour of this beautiful city and rest of the night off. Day 2: Merida - Celestun: Today we will enjoy the wonderful Ría Celestun Biosphere Reserve, 90 km from Mérida, which thanks to its 600 km2 of extension, occupies Yucatan and Campeche. It is known for being the winter refuge of thousands of pink flamingos and other species and has a unique ecosystem! Since it combines the fresh water of the Ría Celestún with the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. We will sail in our boat through natural mangrove tunnels and enjoy the natural spectacle of these incredible birds. The place also enjoys extensive beaches that are plagued with coconut trees. We will eat and in the afternoon we will return to Merida to rest from this exciting day. Free night. Day 3: Merida – Hacienda Henequenera – Cenote – Uxmal: Today we will know the whole transformation process of Henequen (also called Green Gold in this region), from the plant to the fiber, and from the fiber to the finished product. We will also have the opportunity to see the old machinery that has been rescued from the ravages of time and rebuilt to its precise operative capacity. Our tour will also include a visit to a typical Mayan house where we will meet a lovely Mayan grandfather who barely speaks Spanish and will show us typical Mayan elements. At the end we can enjoy a refreshing dip, where you can swim safely in the refreshing waters of the hacienda's Cenote. We will eat at the Hacienda restaurant to taste the delicious Mayan cuisine. After lunch, we will leave for Uxmal and we will settle in our hotel. Day 4: Archaelogical Zone of Uxmal - Mun-Ha - Valladolid: We will leave early to arrive with a cool climate to this magnificent archaeological zone. Known as "The Three Times Built", its architecture is one of the most impressive in Yucatan. A guide will give us an interesting explanation about what happened in this place in pre-Hispanic times. Later, we will visit the Mun-Ha rural tourism initiative, where we will taste its delicious regional food. We will move to the viewpoint of Muná (approximately 10 minutes by car), where we will learn about the honeybees (Mayan bee) and their importance, and we will make a tour of the ecological path and its relationship with the Mayan mythology, and finally we will participate in a rain stick workshop, we will take home our work of art. We will move to Valladolid. Bring mosquito repellent and shoe closed. Day 5: Departure: You can walk through this beautiful city and later we will move to the Merida Airport.

$3490 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Southern Mexico Birdwatching 11-Day Tour, Yucatan to Chiapas

Day 1Arrival at Cancun airport. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cancun. Day 2Early bird watching at Central Vallarte and Cenote Road in Puerto Morelos. Overnight . Day 3Bird watching at San Salvador Ranch, Rio Lagartos. Boat trip through the mangrove. Overnight Day 4Early bird watching at Ek Balam  and visit to the cenote. Overnight Day 5Early bird watching at Chichen Itza, we continue to Izamal. Overnight Day 6Early bird watching at  Uxmal. Overnight Day 7Early bird wathing in Edzna, Campeche. Overnight. Day 8Early bird watching around Palenque. Overnight. Day 9Early bird watching at San Cristobal. Overnight . Day 10Bird watching at Chiapa de Corzo. Day 11Departure. Transfer to Tuxtla Gutierrez airport for your flight back home.  

$48 Shore Excursions

Sunrise Experiencie Standup paddleboarding Tour in Laguna Bacalar

Live this fascinating experience full of adventure, admiring the beauty of Laguna Bacalar. Our experience begins at 6:00 am, to be able to admire the first rays of the sun and enjoy the nature and energy of the first rays of the Sun. We will do the tour in our Paddle, accompanied by expert guides who will help you in all moment and you can enjoy a unique experience.  We will make a stop at the Black Cenote or better known as the Cenote de la Bruja, you can swim or snorkel, appreciate the environment and listen to the sound of the birds. We will have time for a small snak to later continue towards the Pirates Channel. The name is attributed to being the site by which the pirates entered to sack the city of Bacalar in the eighteenth century. Its white sands and clear waters will allow you to observe different shades of blue, which makes this destination an excellent place to take photos and rest while enjoying one of the best landscapes that Bacalar can offer you.