By Emily Cook
Campeche
Mexico
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The city of Campeche is a sleepy city located on the west coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  Much different from the more touristy locations such as Cancun or Playa Del Carmen on the opposing coast, Campeche has remained largely untouched and still reflects the true feel and culture of Mexico’s past. 

Due to the fact that Campeche City has not yet become a tourism hot-spot, getting there requires a bit of planning.  Since no direct flights fly into Campeche International Airport (CPE), your best bet is to fly into Mexico City where you can grab a connection to Campeche.  Those who love to drive can do so from Cancun airport, but plan to spend about 6 hours from point to point.  EscapeWizard.com can make booking your flights easy by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php).There are also a wide range of accommodations available in Campeche City and surrounding areas.  Use this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to explore your options.

Campeche is a beautiful example of a fortified colonial Mexican city. The walls surrounding the city center were originally built to protect from pirates as well as the indigenous people during the Spanish occupation.  EscapeWizard.com recommends that those interested in the vibrant history of this area visit the many citadels and fortresses (also known as baluartes) located throughout the city. 

The weather in Campeche is almost always warm and balmy, with temperatures ranging from 76-82? F year round. Beginning in May, the temperatures may get a bit too toasty for some travelers but this is an excellent time for fishing – particularly tarpon – in the warm waters off the coast.  Anglers may delight in visiting Playa de Sabancuy, a virtually untouched sanctuary located on the banks of the river Sabancuy which is filled with shrimp, oysters and an extensive variety of fish. Here, the waters are very calm and the banks are a blanket of white, powdery sand.  The nearby town is and old fishing village for which there are future plans to draw tourism through eco-resorts.

With the weather being conducive to sunbathing and swimming most months of the year, it’s not surprising that one of the reasons many people visit the Yucatan Peninsula is for its white, sandy beaches.  The beaches in or near Campeche, however, are a bit more commercial in nature.  There are still a few options for those who really want to swim. The most popular beach among locals is Playa Bonita, a public beach that is just a short taxi ride away.  There are concession stands here and the beach is skirted with thatched palapas, or shelters, which provide a respite from the intense Caribbean sun. 

EscapeWizard.com suggests you also visit a few of the beaches between Champoton in the north and Sabancuy in the south that are less busy and, perhaps, a bit more scenic. The first, Seybaplaya, is just a short 29 kilometer drive south of the city while Siho Playa, which is far less traveled and also boasts a fabulous waterfront resort, is just 10 kilometers further.

As one would expect, Mayan culture is weaved into everything in this region and many of the most notable Mayan ruins are within a reasonable distance of Campeche.  EscapeWizard.com feels that two such sites should be on your must-see list: Edzná and Calakmul.  Edzná is quite close to Campeche, only a short forty-five minute drive and is easily accessible. There is not much else in the area, however, so plan accordingly.  Calakmul requires a bit more planning due to its distance from Campeche, but it is well worth the effort.   The tallest pyramid on site is approximately forty-five meters high and those brave enough to climb to the top will be rewarded with a spectacular view that includes three other pyramids protruding through the dense jungle canopy.  The trip to Calakmul is approximately three to four hours, but many tour operators offer trips to the area, as well as most of the Mayan ruins, for those who do not wish to drive on their own. 

Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your trip to Campeche City and its surrounding areas so that you can experience authentic, historical Mexico and all this area has to offer.
Hotels in Campeche
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hacienda Puerta Campeche
Calle 59, No. 71 por 16 and 18, Campeche, Mexico
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On your next Mexican getaway, while traveling to Campeche, EscapeWizard.com recommends the Hacienda Puerta Campeche. This wonderful hotel is part of the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotel Group. Upon making your way to the hotel from the airport, check in at the hotel begins at 3 p.m.

The guestrooms come with several different bedding options that can accommodate nearly any size of group. They have Superior Rooms, Junior Suites and others to select from. There is a 32 inch color television in each room that has cable so you can watch your favorite shows. The Hacienda Puerta Campeche offers complimentary high speed internet for guests to use during their stay. There is a mini bar in the rooms for adults to have a drink. Guests can order room service as well for food and if they need anything. Other features include a hairdryer, an ironing board, and more.

The amenities at the hotel are plentiful. One of the great ones is the rooftop lounge that offers wonderful views of the city. The hotel has both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool for guests to swim and relax in after a long day of sightseeing. There is also a garden that guests can wander through. The hotel offers in room massage services, as well as other spa services. Those traveling for work can use the hotel’s business center for all of their needs. Guests with children can use the child car service if they would like a night to themselves; fees may apply. And lastly, guests can go to the gift shop if they are looking for something to take home to a loved one.

You can relax on the morning of your final day of Campeche because check out lasts until 12 p.m. EscapeWizard.com can help find you an amazing low price for this hotel by just clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search through our site.