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Charming Campeche
Campeche is a small city located, in the southwestern portion of the Yucatan Peninsula, along the Gulf of Mexico. After Spanish occupation, pirates and marauders terrorized Campeche until 1686 when a wall was built around the city to protect it. Those walls as well as other fortifications are still around today. When I arrived in to Campeche, it was a dreary summer afternoon and maybe it was the weather that dampened my spirits but for some reason I did not have high expectations for Campeche. I expected so-so. Instead, I got fabulous! Campeche oozes Spanish colonial charm! You can tell that a lot of loving care has gone into preserving the colorful buildings, the parks and even the cobblestone streets. Everything was just so picture perfect, Spanish colonial cute. Unlike Puebla and Oaxaca, the streets of Campeche were not at all crowded either with people or with cars. It was wonderful to be able to soak in the views without having to worry about cars getting in the way! Although there are four main gates leading into the city, start your city walk on the streets connecting the Puerta de Tierra (Land Gate) Puerta del Mar (Sea Gate which faces the water). When you exit Puerta del Mar, continue your walk to visit several of the other bulwarks that function as defensive bastions along the wall. At the end of the day, relax over a seafood cocktail and a plate of camarones al coco (coconut shrimp), both regional specialties.
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