Ah-Kim-Pech, which means “Place of Snakes and Ticks,” is an ancient settlement from the magnificent Mayan culture. It was founded in 1540 by the Spanish. Some of its most famous residents include the politician and intellectual, Justo Sierra, and storyteller, Juan de La Cabada.
Campeche is the most prominent city in the state and is also the state capital. The folklore and history of this legendary city are still alive in its streets. One can easily imagine the Spanish conquistadors and pirates that once roamed here.
Campeche’s Historical Center is the primary area for trade, as well as the cultural, administrative and tourist activities in the state. Its architecture masterfully combines buildings from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The buildings include military, civil and religious structures, and office complexes and homes from the 20th century.
In the San Roman, San Francisco, and Guadalupe neighborhoods, one can see buildings such as: Casa 6 (the 6th House), Carvajal Mansion, the Municipal Archive, Francisco de Paula Toro Theater, Campeche’s Main Square, The Municipal Palace, The Campeche Library and the former house of the Kings’ lieutenant. Among the most valuable religious structures are The Guadalupe Church, Campeche Cathedral, the San Roman Church, The San Francisco Church and the former Temple of San Jose.
One of the most colorful things in Campeche is the Malecon (boardwalk). The 3.5 kilometer Malecon is a great example of modern architecture that offers an amazing view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Campeche stretches along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico which makes it a great tourist attraction. Come for a visit and enjoy the many options for fun and leisure that Campeche has to offer.