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The state of Campeche is the part of the Yucatán Peninsula bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s also the name of one of the municipalities in the region and the capital city of the same region, which does make it a bit confusing.
Campeche is less well known than the part of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, but it does have some spectacular Mayan ruins and the beautiful colonial capital city, and the landscape, of relatively flat woods and cenote-dotted tropical rainforest, is probably as fascinating as that of the rest of the region. It also has some rather lovely beaches and the huge draw of being less-visited, yet extremely welcoming.
Because it’s less popular for visitors our recommendations for the best places to stay in Campeche are limited, but the Hacienda Uayamon definitely deserves a mention. Partly because during the dictatorship of Portirio Díaz (1876-1911) local Maya workers basically worked this plantation as slaves and it’s been perfectly preserved - don’t let that put you off, it’s an amazing place.
Campeche city is where you’ll find more of the best places to stay in Campeche. With its beautifully preserved pastel fairyland of a colonial old town, this state capital is so beautifully restored that it feels almost like a living museum. Even the traditional market and fishing docks remain. Alongside the graceful mansions built by Spanish inhabitants in the 18th and 19th centuries there are two forts and a very impressive architectural museum.
Campeche’s ruins include the collection of Ruta Río Bec, which are several maya towns and cities all laid out around each other. This is a really interesting site as it shows how closely some of these centres were located - even in a remote region of jungle. While the group at Ruta Río Bec are not well restored at the moment, the Edzná ruins, which are about an hour out of Campeche city, have been beautifully restored. Calakmul has impressively tall structures, and you’re just across the state border from Uxmal in Yucatán.
- A glorious combination of mustard ruins and chic contemporary design, the Hacienda Uayamon is a tranquil, 12 room colonial escape. Rooms have high ceilings, black and white tiled floors, four poster beds and wonderful old ceiling fans. Three’s also a superb spa and an atmospheric restaurant.
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Hacienda Uayamon 12 rooms from £269Campeche
A glorious combination of mustard yellow ruins and chic contemporary design all set in utterly tranquil surrounds. Traditional rooms are colonial in style with high beamed ceilings, black and white tiled floors, four-posters and whirring fans. A superb spa and atmospheric restaurant. Bliss.Secluded setting - For escaping.Romantic - Good for couples.Full of characterSpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith