The State of Campeche
It’s not easy having to compete for attention when your neighbors are powerhouses like Quintana Roo, Yucatán, and Chiapas. So it’s no surprise Campeche is the least-visited state in the region, which means it’s a great time to visit!
Most travelers are surprised to find that Campeche City has a gorgeous city center, first-rate museums, and a nascent arts and music scene. (The lodging and restaurants are still a bit disappointing, but are definitely improving.)
Even more startling are Campeche’s fantastic Maya ruins: in the Río Bec region, a half-dozen ruins pack plenty of wow-factor, yet see only a fraction of the tourists that Uxmal, Chichén Itzá, and Palenque do.
The United Nations named Campeche City a World Heritage site in 1999 and a visit here is a chance to partake in Campeche’s slow emergence from the shadow of its better-known neighbors.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition