Best of Campeche
The City’s Walls: Built three centuries ago to ward off marauding pirates, Campeche’s massive walls and bastions are now picturesque walkways and terrific museums.
Outlying Forts: Jade masks and exquisite clay figurines are highlights at this fort-turned-museum, showcasing Campeche’s rich archaeological sites. The view of the Gulf isn’t too shabby either.
Edzná Archaeological Zone: Survey your domain from the top of the magnificent Temple of Five Stories, just an hour from the up-and-coming city of Campeche.
Calakmul Archaeological Zone and Reserve: A mega-ruin nestled deep in a forest reserve, Calakmul is home to toucans, howler monkeys, and the largest Maya pyramid ever.
Becán Archaeological Zone: Palaces, pyramids, and passageways make this a perfect site for people who like to clamber around ruins. A recently discovered 1,500-year-old mask is an added bonus.
© Gary Chandler & Liza Prado from Moon Yucatán Peninsula, 9th edition