Day 28: a morning in Campeche

Campeche Travel Blog

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zócalo de Campeche

We arrived in Campeche at 3 AM. Because everything had gone slightly different than planned we had not booked any hotel.

Fortunately Campeche is not short on cheap hotels. Cheap hotels willing to sell you a room at 3 AM are a little more rare though. Three times a sleepy night porter grumpily shouted “lleno” in the phone, but it was fourth time lucky. Hotel located at the zócalo, the main square, room available and for very little money.

We took a taxi to the place, and indeed, the price was pretty much the only positive aspect about the whole place. The place was a dump, a really ugly, run down place, fortunately with relatively clean beds (the sheets seemed washed) but not particularly comfortable.

Campeche
It was only for a few hours though.

At 10 o’clock we were woken up by our alarm clock and we went into town to arrange some things. We had decided to try and rent a car for the next four days, so that we would be able to explore the Yucatán peninsula more quickly and more efficiently, so that we would have more time left for Belize and Guatemala.
However, the very friendly and helpful person at the local tourist office bombed our brilliant plan by offering us to rent a VW Beetle for the bargain price of 100 dollars! a day! For a Beetle! No, a 70s model Beetle!
Sorry, that was slightly above our budget.

Fortunately there was another car rental in town, operating from an expensive hotel. But here too they were asking outrageous prices. Well, so much for hiring a car. Guess it’s back to the bus then...

But before travelling on we had a little tour around Campeche.

Fuerte de San Miguel
Campeche is the capital of the state of the same name and is a very nice city. Many beautiful colonial buildings, all of which were very well maintained (well, apart from our hotel, that is). There was very little traffic in the streets, which made it a very pleasant city to walk around in.

We had a nice stroll along the several partially intact city walls and looked out over the sea. We’re at the Gulf of Mexico now, and to think that only a few days ago we were at the Pacific ocean!

We also visited a nice fortress southeast of the city, Fuerte San Miguel. The fortress is now used as a museum housing artefacts found at the ruins of Calakmul (on our list for later this week), and offer great views over the city and gulf.

patirkc_AAA says:
It seems weird to me that Campeche is somewhat overlooked by many tourists, when it offers so many Mayan ruins in the area and colonial buildings in the city.
Posted on: Nov 12, 2015
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zócalo de Campeche
zócalo de Campeche
Campeche
Campeche
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
streets of Campeche
streets of Campeche
streets of Campeche
streets of Campeche
streets of Campeche
streets of Campeche
Coca Cola is revered throughout th…
Coca Cola is revered throughout t…
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
Fuerte de San Miguel
Campeche
photo by: Biedjee