Colonial Building in Campeche
Photo Credit: Mexico Ministry of Tourism
The city of Campeche is the capital of the state with the same name nestled between the states of Tabasco and Yucatan along the southern end of the Gulf of Mexico. Declared a national historic town, its "Baluartes" or strategic mini-forts along the "malecon" have earned Campeche a Colonial jewel title. These forts were built to defend the city against the pirate raids which took place in the 17th century when the hardwoods of the region were exported through this port.
Though the pace is slow in Campeche it is now the gateway to the latest eco-maya discovery in Mexico - the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve. With over two million acres of vegetation, terrain and eco-system, the Reserve also contains Mayan ruins dating to the Classic period.