advertisement

Information -- The State of Campeche Office of Tourism (tel. 981/811-9229; fax 981/816-6767; www.campeche.travel) is in Plaza Moch-Couoh, Avenida Ruiz Cortines s/n (btw. calles 63 and 65). Hours are daily 8am to 4pm and 6 to 9pm. This is one of the state buildings between the historic center and the shore. Tourist information offices are also in the bastions of Baluarte San Pedro (daily 9am-1pm and 5-9pm) and in Casa 6 (daily 9am-9pm). The city's Tourism and Culture Office (tel. 981/811-3989) is on Calle 55 between calles 10 and 8; open daily 9am to 9pm.

City Layout -- By far the most interesting feature of the city is the restored old part, most of which once lay within the walls. Originally, the seaward wall was at the water's edge, but land has been gained from the sea between the old walls and the coastline. This is where you'll find most of the state government buildings, built in glaringly modernist style around Plaza Moch-Couoh: buildings such as the office tower Edificio de los Poderes (Judicial Building) or Palacio de Gobierno (headquarters for the state of Campeche), and the futuristic Cámara de Diputados (Chamber of Deputies), which looks like a cubist clam.

Campeche's street-numbering system is typical of the Yucatán, except that numbers of the north-south streets increase as you go east instead of the reverse.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.