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Published: February 11th 2011
We decided that we would get up early and travel down to Campeche, a walled, colonial city to the south, before driving back to Merida. There are two choices to get there: the "short" road and the "long road". While the long road looked interesting and not much longer, it was explained that there are hundreds of "topes" or speed bumps on the long road. We took the short road.
However, as we found in Ticul earlier, road signs are not always there to help you...we ended up turning too soon and found ourselves passing the ruins of a great hacienda, followed by a small village. We got directions (I don't think that the older man I spoke to had ever conversed with a tall gringra before...), took a few photos, and found the right road. But the glimpse of life off of the main routes was worth the detour!
Campeche is a beautiful grid of pastel homes, with a sea front boardwalk for strolling, walls and forts left from pirate days (yes, there really were pirates of the Caribbean!), and an amazing small Mayan artifact museum. (Where I managed to trip in a drainage channel and fall...luckily not
even getting a bruise...)
The drive back was uneventful....we checked back into the Luz and sipped our complementary beers on the patio...
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