- 10 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Discover the folklore and history of Campeche on a trip through the village of Becal, famous for production of popular Panama hats and the historic area of Campeche, once scenario of glorious battles. Your tour includes transport and a professional guide.
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- All entrance fees included
- Lunch included
- Round-trip transportation from meeting point in Merida
- Bilingual certified guide
- Admission fee to Mayan Archaeological Museum
- Beverages during lunch
- Optional gratuities
- Souvenirs and personal expenses
- Hotel pick up and drop off
2. Starbucks Gran Hotel Mérida
3. San Juan Park
4. Mayan World Museum of Mérida
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Centro Historico de San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula
You will be picked up from a meeting point in Merida and transferred to the small village of Becal, located just at the border of Yucatan and Campeche states. Visit 17-century colonial church and the Parque de los Sombreros, known for its big hats monument. Learn about the process of making Panama hats from Jipi-japa fiber, watch a demonstration by local artisans who have been working inside caves for several generations to preserve the quality of the palm fronds.
From Becal you will continue your tour to Campeche, the ancient walled city, located at the coast of the Gulf of Mexico and, once a fortress against the pirates' attacks during the colonial times. Your first stop will be at Fuerte San Miguel, the biggest 17-century fortress of Campeche, now converted into Mayan Archaeological Museum.
After that, you will visit the historic district of the city and enjoy a local lunch. After lunch you will have free time to explore on your own, walk and take pictures of the cathedral and old city gates Puerta de Mar y Puerta de Tierra.
Duration: 10 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, sunglasses, hat and extra cash for souvenirs and personal expenses
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Please verify your near meeting point and schedule.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
We spent an amazing day on this tour with Roseando. He's an excellent guide - very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating and conversant in English and French. The vehicle was clean, roomy, and comfortable. All stops on the tour were fascinating and has made us want to visit Campeche again.
My guide, Rosendo, was very knowledgeable about Campeche and its founding. It was a wonderful tour
Excellent services, the guide men was very helpful in the trip. Excellent transportation and had a great service. The trip to Becal and Campeche city was very nice and awesome!
A most wonderful experience at a most fascinating city, learning about its fascinating history, in particular in relation to their battles with the pirates, as well as the Mayan history. The stop on the way in Becal was also fascinating, a little town where they make those Mexican hats, it was amazing to see how those hats were made. The lunch at Campeche in the historical area was very tasty Mexican foods, this for one who usually prefers western-style foods and avoids Mexican where possible!! Guide was very knowledgeable, and being very challenged when it came to Spanish, having a bilingual guide who spoke English was very much appreciated!! Highly recommended for a day visit to a fascinating place on the Gulf coast just two hours drive from Merida.
I wound up with a private tour the day I went to Campeche. The tour guides were great. The lunch was very good. I really enjoyed the tour around the old city and the fortress. Becal was also very interesting. Josua and Rosendo were extremely good, accommodating guides. A very good day trip!
Campeche is a very interesting town in a beautiful and historic spot. The colonial center of town is extremely well-preserved. At the same time, it's not what I would regard as a must see attraction in the region. Guide was friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating.
We had a wonderful day trip to Campeche and Becal, from Merida! It was a long drive, but our guide, Josue, and driver, Rosendo offered lots of information about the region, and kept the conversation going with humour and suggestions of places to visit. The stop in Becal for a demonstration of the hat making process was really interesting, and there was absolutely no pressure to purchase anything. Josue was very receptive to the group, and gave us options as to what to see and do while in Campeche. I think we had a good compromise of walking the walled part of the city, visiting museums, and stopping wherever we saw something interesting. Our lunch was delicious, and it was a pleasure to have a lively and interesting chat amongst all of us, as we ate. Rosendo was an excellent driver, and both Josue and Rosendo made for an interesting and informative day....with lots of laughs too!
We were very happy with our tour. Our guide, Josue was not only knowledgeable, but warm and friendly. We enjoyed visiting both places and especially seeing how the hand made hats were made in Becal. On top of all the good things on the tour it was only the two of us!
There were only 2 people I didn't know her personally on that day but my guide could not manage the time properly. OK, I was faster and she was slower but it's not a good excuse. Why? He should have told her how much time we got in each place, he shouldn't have let her spend too much time at some places. Worse than that, when we were walking together in Campeche, he should not have asked her if she wanted to buy something at a shop. A good guide should let people do shopping during the free time, not the time we are in a group together. Because he asked her if she wanted to buy something at a shop and she decided to do shopping, I had to wait for her in front of the shop! And in the end, I had no free time to walk in Campeche on my own!
Had the fabulous Jose hoe-sway as the guide for our small group of six. Becal was the site of a very interesting tour of a home where artisans make Panama hats. There is of course an opportunity to buy hats, baskets and such afterward a range of prices and qualities. Campeche was beautiful, and began with a visit to the old city fortress. The lovely main district provides many beautiful opportunities for photos the central focus of the tour seems to be shopping, but I never felt I was being pressured. The only hiccup was lunch - the kitchen was clearly overwhelmed and so it took far too long. Our guide did everything he could to move things along, but was really powerless in this situation thank goodness no one in our group got grumpy over this situation. To his great credit, Jose did not try and rush us through the rest of the trip. There is a charming small museum, and it was actually great fun to be in the center of town in the early evening to see all the hustle and bustle.
The van that was used had all the windows covered so one could not see out. This is not a proper means of transportation for a sightseeing tour. The highlights were the visit to the town of Becal, a tour of the fort, and a delicious meal. The guide was very layed back. The tour needed energy.
Good guide, vers confortable car, intéressanting fortified city, but thé main attraction, thé forteress was notre accessible bécause of road works.
This was an amazing tour thanks to the wonderful, knowledgeable and professional tour guide/driver Augusto Tun from the local tour operator. We were the only 2 people and we were punctually picked up at our hotel and transported on a comfortable Mercedes Benz. Augusto is a very cautious driver and one of the most polite person we've ever met. He never rushed us and took his time to share his knoledge about the traditions, history, and the different kinds of flowers on our path. Campeche is very hot and humid but the city is almost magical and worth the heat. The restaurant we had lunch at was beautiful and the food delicious.