Palenque to Campeche

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Lovely rainbow buildings in Campeche

11.24.2008 Palenque to Campeche

 

Summary:  Great day- love Campeche- 1st Agriculture Aduana Inspection- 1st Military Inspection

 

Terrific day today!  We left Palenque at 8:30 am after saying goodbye (again) to our friends.  Then we bolted up excellent highways (except for some construction segments) all the way to Campeche by 2:30 pm.  We used Nuvi GPS to bring us in along the lower waterfront and found the Information Center along an easy lateral road to the main waterfront road.

Campeche's cathedral- like Cinderella's castle!
  I was very proud of us! 

 

Jazy scouted out some parking on foot before we traversed the tight parking lot.  We exited, found a place on the street for angled parking and pulled up over the sidewalk to get in the space.  While I was worried about blocking the sidewalk, Jazy pointed out another car that was completely up on the middle of the sidewalk with all 4 wheels.  I didn’t feel so bad then.

 

We asked permission at the Tourist Info Center to park overnight and they said, “No problem, no fee, yes for sure!”  So we later found the Night Watchman, who kindly offered to keep an eye on our rig, and we tipped him 30 pesos, which seemed to please him.  We also loaned our jumper cables to a young man from Cuba who gave Jazy and me each a quick cheek kiss, which made Jazy very embarrassed.

el mercado in Campeche
  I explained to her customs are so much more open and loving in Cuba and she related it to the wonderful Pilipino party she’d attended with her friend.  Different cultures can sure be terrific.

 

Well, we think we have the best campground in all of Campeche!  The parking lot of the Tourist Information Center is right on the waterfront and the cool, tropical breeze is blowing in.  Campeche is the MOST delightful city and we could easily live here and be happy.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it was a Spanish walled colonial city since the 1500’s.  All of the buildings are painted rainbows of lovely bright colors.  The cathedral is jaw-dropping gorgeous, the center square delightful, the streets are checkerboard-cobblestone, ironwork graces the balconies and doorways, street vendors serve up their wonderful delights, and even on a Monday night the city was alive and vibrant.

The Campeche square in the evening- magical!
 

 

We had a great time practicing our Spanish at a restaurant where we got 4 meals to go.  We’re still not quite sure of what we ordered, but they only had 4 dishes left on the menu and so we ordered one of each.  They closed at 5pm, so we just got the food in time.  We took it back to the RV where the kids set up a “buffet” of delicious tortillas, rice, chicken, etc.  We walked the wrong way and ended up at the outdoor fruit market, where Jazy bought some tiny bananas (15 pesos per kilo) and Charles ordered prepared fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, and pineapple (10 pesos).  It is amazing how the kids practice their Spanish for food!

 

I also bought some earrings (30 p) that were painted with waves and a seagull- lovely.  We were twice shorted change tonight, but I was given the proper amount once I nicely questioned the amount.  I’ve fortunately been in Mexico long enough to have figured out the money now.

Walking along the waterfront (malecon)

 

We walked out tonight.in the dark after our delicious dinner- what a magical evening.  The cathedral was lit up like Cinderella’s castle, as well as the bright square.  We walked all around, heard the bells ring in the cathedral, watched the water fountain, the amazing street vender, and then along the waterfront, finishing up by playing on the enormous playground by the Visitor’s Center.  Three kids came up and happily asked if the kids wanted to play- Jazy gave them all stickers, which they immediately put on their foreheads- too cute!

 

We love how friendly the people are!  They throw up their hand enthusiastically to wave along to roads.  They’re happy to suffer our poor Spanish. 

 

The military checks were very non-threatening and I even gave the kid one of our chocolate bars as a gift.

Calling Ned from Campeche
  He seemed so pleased.  We talked about my family, the RV, and he asked me to open up a few things.  He listed off a few bad drugs that he asked if we had.  The military check was within 10 miles of the Aduana (border) inspection.  We also passed some Federeles going into Campeche, but they just asked a few questions about where we are from and going and bid us well. 

 

The Yucatan peninsula is very different from Chiapas State.  We actually went a few kilometers in Tobasco State before going into Campeche State.  The bus stops were painted bright cheerful colors, the plants change, the ground becomes limestone white.

Fun on the square
  The most striking difference was the bright, clear sunshine with puffy white clouds.  After the jungle, where it took our jeans 3 days to dry, we also welcomed the more arid climate.

 

We’re very tired now, but so very happy we stopped in this UNESCO World Heritge site.  It is far more beautiful than we could have hoped.  We felt perfectly safe at all hours of the day and night.  It seems like a very wealthy city by Mexican standards. 

 

 

patirkc_AAA says:
Glad you enjoyed your stay in Campeche. Those are some wonderful photos you posted!
Posted on: Nov 12, 2015
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