Mexico & Central America by Motorcycle 2008/09 travel blog

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche

Scenes around Campeche


We got off to an exceptionally slow start this morning; not hitting the road until 11:00 AM. No matter since we only have about 175 km planned for today on easy roads.

It took the better part of half an hour just to get out of Meridia. Once we did the road was extremely flat, straight and down right boring. As with most of the Yucatan Peninsula that we have passed through the vegetation is low and thick.

Some of the trees/bushes are dormant right now giving the landscape that unappealing, lifeless look in places. The only breaks came when we traveled through the small villages. They were also kind of dull and lifeless looking today. (Perhaps it was just me that was dull and lifeless?)

We stopped at a restaurant at the side of the road that looked ok but once we got our meal it turned out to be pretty poor. We ordered tacos which showed up as some kind of mystery meat on a soggy tortilla - nothing else. Not even a little bowl of salsa.

We reached Campache about 3:00 PM and did a quick tour of the historic central area looking for a hotel. The first one we tried was very ice and fairly reasonable with secure parking. (Hotel America M$500 incl. breakfast.) Amazingly as soon as we checked in Jim and Susan from California came strolling down the street. This is the 3rd such encounter with this same couple.

After getting settled we took a walking tour of the historic central core. This city has a fascinating history. It was founded in the mid 1500s and became a thriving port. In the mid 1600s after repeated raids by pirates, the town began construction of a wall around the entire town. It took 50 years to complete.

Not much is left of the wall today other than the bastions and sentry stations but they are pretty cool by themselves. The colonial town, within the boundaries of the original walls, has been painstakingly restored with over 2,000 colonial buildings to explore.

Apparently the square is pretty lively on the weekends but tonight it was as dead as any place we have visited. We had a light supper and hit the hay pretty early, determined to get an early start in the morning as we plan on going to Palenque tomorrow, which is about 400 km away. It has been quite a while since we rode 400 km in a day. On most roads in Mexico that can be a tall order.



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