More from Campeche
We visited Campeche in December, 2016. I love Campeche — it’s one of my favorite cities in Mexico.
Campeche was officially founded in 1540, by Don Francisco de Montejo. In typical Conquistador style, the city was founded on top of an indigenous Mayan settlement, named Ah Kim Pech. Campeche quickly became an important part of the Spanish empire. Its natural harbor was extremely useful to the Spaniards, who used the port as a stopover for heavily laden treasure galleons hauling loot out of the interior of Mexico. The city suffered from many pirate attacks. Eventually, walls and forts were built to protect the city. Many of these exist in some fashion today and can be enjoyed.
Campeche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for its beautiful preserved colonial buildings, many of which are painted in bright shades of blue, pink, yellow, and green. Walking around the city is a feast for the eyes. I enjoyed my time there, and here are a few photos from the city.
I’m loving these pictures of Campeche! I really want to go and visit there again!
Peter, these pictures are beautiful. You have a great eye for photography. I’ve never been to the Yucatan, but they make me want to go there. I always thought it would be too hot!
Thank you! I think Campeche must be one of the hottest places in the Yucatan. Even in December, it was over 90 degrees during the day. I try to get out early before it gets too hot, take a mid-day siesta, and head back out in the late afternoon.
It really is one of the hottest places, and I think far more humid than Merida or Quintana Roo. I lived in Escarcega for a few months in the summer and it was insane. I come from a very dry climate and so having to wring out the sweat from my shirt a new experience!