We will pick you up from one of the meeting points in Merida to go on our journey to the small village of Becal, located on the border of the Yucatan and Campeche.
In the town of Becal, one of Campeche’s most famous crafts is made: the “Panama” hat made with woven palm leaves in caves where temperature and humidity allow for the perfect hand weaving process. The main square’s fountain is also made up of three large hats, and symbolizes the pride that the people of Becal have for their work. Here, you’ll visit the famous fountain, a 17th century colonial church and also learn about the process of making Panama hats by watching a demonstration by local artisains.
From Becal you will go directly to the city of Campeche, an ancient walled city located in the coast of the Gulf of Mexico which once served as a fortress against pirate attacks during colonial times.
Your first stop will be at “Fuerte San Miguel”, Campeche’s largest ancient fortress built in 1737, now converted into a Mayan archaeological museum, displaying a variety of beautiful pieces from Calakmul.
After, you’ll visit the historic district of the city and enjoy a tasty lunch filled with local delicacies. Then, you’ll enjoy free time to explore the city on your own, visiting the beautiful cathedral and the old city gates: Puerta de Mar y Puerta de Tierra, before your return to Merida.