Campeche, Mexico on the western slope of the Yucatan Peninsula, is a popular travel spot for folks who enjoy Mayan Ruins. It’s a large sea-side city and considered to be the safest of all destinations in the entire country.
The city is one of the most charming and least-visited gems on the Gulf of Mexico; a wonderful alternative to tourist hotspots like Merida and Cancun.
Its rich history includes a famous wall built in the 1700’s to ward off the marauding pirates who ravaged the Mexican and Caribbean region.
Today Campeche is a Mexican city of over 200,000 people with all the modern conveniences of any large metropolitan city in the world.
The site of the ancient Mayan city Ak-Kim-Pech was the first place in continental America where the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1517. The Europeans came under the leadership of Francisco Cortez de Cordoba, who ‘discovered’ (for the Spanish) the Yucatan Peninsula.
Although the city is no longer such a crucial port, at the time, it was an important maritime point of access for the rest of the peninsula and had a significant role in the conquest and evangelization of the Mayan communities in Yucatan, Chiapas and Guatemala.
Just a 20-minute drive from Campeche’s historic center you can find the spectacular ancient Mayan ruins of Edzna, founded around 400 BC.