Inside Campeche

Culture Tour
Culture Tour

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    • Duration:7 Days, 6 Nights
    • Difficulty:Moderate
    • Group Size:Minimum 2
    • Comfort Level:Standard to Luxury

    This colorful province offers adventure experiences, ecotourism, archaeological sites, colonial architecture and fortress which enlightens the city with fountains and haciendas filled with history and tradition.

    Something we can’t forget is the gastronomic delicacies, a melting pot the Maya culture Spanish, and last but not least the colorful presentation and exquisite taste of the pirate recipes.

    The colonial beauty is reflected in its streets and structures, some of them have been restored with an exquisite taste and have become some of the most fabulous boutique hotels.

    Pick up / Drop off locations

    Campeche International Airport

    Transportation

    • Minibus

    Physical demand

    Trip may include activities like walks.

    What's Included

    • History
    • Culture
    • Archaeology
    • Nature
    • Relaxing

    Highlights

    • Campeche
    • Hochob
    • Tabasqueño
    • Santa Rosa Xtampak
    • Seybaplaya

    Itinerary of the trip

    This itinerary idea can be customized to suit your and your family’s interests. Contact us; we are pleased to hear your comments, wishes, and expectations, and we are ready to design the trip to suit you

    Day 1Arrival – Campeche International Airport

    Our team will greet you at Campeche International airport and will transfer you to your hotel

    6 nights of lodging in Campeche.

    Day 2Campeche City Tour

    This morning you will enjoy a cultural city tour in the City of Campeche, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Your first stop will be at the Museo de Estelas Mayas, which exhibits Mayan stelae and regional art located in the San Pedro Bulwark, then continue with the tour visiting the Puerta de Tierra.

    A bronze cannon from the 18th century with the royal insignia welcomes you to Puerta de Tierra. Walk to the top of the rampart, from where you will be able to observe the domes of the Campeche churches. Then visit the Bastion of San Francisco and the Bastion of San Juan, located in the same complex, where you will be able to visit a small museum dedicated to piracy.

    After the museum visit, walk along Calle 59, also called Casas de Colores (Colored Houses). Along the street you will observe brightly colored houses, colonial doors, and windows. You will visit art galleries with works of Campeche artists, handicraft stores, churches, the Campechano Institute, Parque de la Independencia, the Cathedral, and the Puerta del Mar, which was the first and main entrance to the walled city by navigators.

    At night, don’t miss the fascinating light and sound show at La Puerta de Tierra. After the show, you can take a walk along the Historic Center’s cobblestone streets, where you’ll see a wide variety of stores, restaurants, bars and cafes. You can also take a stroll down the beautiful 3.5-km boardwalk, which leads to a tourist walkway, parks and a bicycle track.

    Day 3Hochob & Tabasqueño Archaeological sites

    After breakfast transfer to Hochob (2 hours) this is the first archaeological site that you will visit today
    Hochob means “ears of corn,” a place name given to the site in the late 19th century when Teobert Maler discovered it and recorded the name of the archaeological site.

    Like other settlements within the Chenes area, Hochob turned populated since 300 AD, when the first settlers settled on a hill about thirty meters high, which they modified when leveling it to build their homes, where sometime later They would raise their most important constructions as public and religious buildings until the city gradually grew for several centuries.

    Terraces and platforms occupied the slopes of the hill with houses with walls and ceilings of perishable materials. Several pre-Hispanic reservoirs were strategically located for the collection, storage, and distribution of rainwater. Hochob could depend on Dzibilnocac or Santa Rosa Xtampak, who had already acquired regional importance in the Classic period.

    Afterwards move to Tabasqueño (25 minutes) Its name comes at the end of the 20th century since a person from the State of Tabasco lived a short distance north of the site. That motivated the explorer Teobert Maler, first to document the Mayan remains, to call the archaeological zone that way.

    Teobert Maler reported the site in 1895 during his explorations of the Chenes region. It had its peak between 750 and 900 d. C. and its decline occurred around 1000 and 1250, during the Early Postclassic. Tabasqueño is a site whose explored area consists of a rectangular plan bounded on its four sides by buildings characteristic of the Chenes architectural style. Tabasqueño’s main buildings are divided into three groups. In all of them, the buildings denote characteristics of Chenes architecture, dated between 650 and 850 of our era (Late Classic period).

    Afternoon return to Campeche

    Day 4Santa Rosa Xtampak Archaeological Site

    Morning transfer to Santa Rosa Xtampak (2.5 hours)

    Xtampak means in the Mayan language, “Old Walls.”

    Some consider Santa Rosa Xtampak as the most important regional capital of the Chenes; It is one of the few places in the region that has altars, carved steles with event dates.

    It also has free-standing sculptures, construction of pyramidal foundations and in later times, perhaps around 900 to 1100 AD, the introduction of what has been recognized as a sacbe or path that joins two of the main architectural ensembles

    In summary, in this ancient city, you will find everything “atypical” for the region, a relevant aspect for specialists to consider it as a regional capital, that is, it has essential elements that small peripheral cities

    do not possess since they are subject to control and dependence on capital. In addition to this, the territorial extension of the settlement (30 square kilometers) and that its radius of power and influence has been calculated at 400 square kilometers, place Santa Rosa Xtampak among the most stunning sites within the Chenes

    Afternoon transfer back to your hotel.

    Day 5Campeche Villages

    Today you will visit some villages located along the Camino Real, the path traced by the Spanish to connect the City of Campeche with Merida Yucatan,

    The first stop is Tenabo, a village dedicated to craft hammocks, huipiles (typical blouses) and typical candies, here you will visit La Iglesia de la Asuncion and the central park,

    Then visit Pomuch, a simple population that has the particularity that a great majority of its old houses were built with carved stones that were extracted from the nearby archaeological site of Xcochac.

    Pomuch it is customary to make bread daily in stone and wood ovens. The tradition of bread is very present in this place; a clear example is its bakeries such as La Conchita, Pan de Pomuch, Los Tres Reyes, and La Huachita.

    Also visit Calkini, a village with a significant cultural, natural, and artisan wealth and essential services to enjoy with the family.

    You cannot leave without first tasting its rich gastronomy and acquiring typical crafts of the region such as pottery in Tepakán; the famous jipi hat, the sought-after Panamas in Bécal; wooden articles, hammocks, embroidery, and textiles made by the people of Dzitbalché; the weaving of mats in Nunkiní and the works in the fiber of cow’s tongue in the old Tankuché hacienda.

    Becal is a village famous for the Panama hats made of jipi-japa fiber in an artisanal way,

    Afternoon return to your hotel.

    Day 6 Relax at Seybaplaya

    Morning transfer to Seybaplaya (30 minutes) for a day dedicated to relaxing yourself. Seybaplaya, a peaceful fishing village, it’s among the most engaging beaches in the Gulf of Mexico region. It is projected as a must-see place in the Campeche coast surroundings.

    Day 7 Back home or Extension

    At your convenience transfer to Campeche airport or continue with a trip extension,

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