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Old 01-17-2017   #16 (permalink)
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Looking back at it makes us laugh but at the time, not so much
The trip and my cold get much better after the Merida bus fiasco

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The walled city

So we found the "right" bus station for our first class bus to Campeche city, apparently there are 3 in Merida... oops. Compared to the last bus trip this was heaven! Nancy says it was 2.5 hours and I say 3.5 but either way we arrived as the sun was getting close to setting, and my cold was getting much better. We had not booked any rooms in advance but had a good idea where we were staying for the next 4 days, we wanted to be close to the Old Walled city. So as always we figured after a long day of travel, a beer or two was in order, on the Malecon watching the sun set ... Proper thing right?





Our friendly server informed us that shrimp and fish tacos were on special so we said Bring them on!



The beauty shot before heading off to find a room


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The Walled City

We are settled into our place (Terra Cotta Corner) which is just outside the wall) and spend the next few days exploring this beautiful city. We are struck by how clean everything is and have to say that Campeche is now our favorite (Smaller) cities in Mexico. The people are very friendly everywhere and go out of there way to help... We ran into few tourists, not from north America anyways. Met a couple from Germany at our hotel the day before they left. Every restaurant, bar, store we visited we were welcomed with smiling faces. Could be the time of the year we were there, not sure but highly recommend a visit to anyone looking for something different. Lots of history with a large walled section fully restored.

Room with full kitchen






Inside and around the Walled part of the old City







This is a street set up for open air restaurants, we found it a bit expensive so never gave them a try




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So many pics but this gives you a good idea what you will find

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The Mercado

So my cold has complete gone away after 3 days! Nancy always says I am the biggest baby when sick and was fully expecting it to last the trip... fooled her!

One block from our Hotel is the Campeche City Mercado, just outside the walled city. This place is very large, covering about 6 city blocks and has pretty much everything you can imagine. We love to buy local when available and pass on the foreign box stores. Again way too many pics to post but you will get a good idea of whats on offer. Very little, if any, English spoken here but we're always met with big smiles and never had a problem. I always carry a small calculator with me and just hand it to the seller while pointing to what I want...works every time.










A little snack to tide us over till supper, they cut the fruit fresh and the sabotas were hand made while we waited... so good!







We have been to many Mercado's over the years but this one is our favorite so far....
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Playa, Holbox - shoulda been El Cuyo - Mérida, Campeche! What a plan!

Great report and pics - really enjoying it.
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Playa, Holbox - shoulda been El Cuyo - Mérida, Campeche! What a plan!

Great report and pics - really enjoying it.
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Those pics of Campeche bring back memories of last year's trip. I spent a few days there as well. I think that Mercado there is just about as big as the one in Merida. I decided to bypass Campeche this year though, always in search of the new and interesting.
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Those pics of Campeche bring back memories of last year's trip. I spent a few days there as well. I think that Mercado there is just about as big as the one in Merida. I decided to bypass Campeche this year though, always in search of the new and interesting.
I do remember that Merida's Mercado was huge as well but it has been probably 8 years since we spent any length of time there. Will have to check it out again sometime. Nancy
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thanks for having a look at my trip report. We are in the middle of a move so will be without internet for a few days... will post more soon and safe travels

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Malecon

Our second day was spent walking and exploring the beautiful Campeche Malecon - one of the longest Malecon's we have seen. We actually never completed the entire walk but enjoyed every minute of it. The Malecon in Havana was much more impressive but the views were not nearly as nice. We started our walk at the main entrance to the Walled City and headed north. After about an hour of walking, Nancy says we gave up and took a taxi, but anyways... we came across a section of water side restaurants (about 6 different ones in a row) with great views of the bay. We had read about the great seafood offered here and was one of the places we meant to find. They were all basically deserted and once the patrons spotted us they were very eager to get our business offering 2 for 1 drinks and were pretty aggressive to get our business. We casually said "No Gracias" and continued walked past while looking at our options. After a handfull of coupons, and many promises of being the best, we decided on the one and walked back to have lunch.











This is the area with the seafood restaurants, great food with a view


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