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Telephone Code: 981
Time: Central Standard Time or Central Daylight Time
City Website: http://municipiodecampeche.gob.mx/
State Website: http://camp.gob.mx
Altitude: 10 m (33 ft)
Population: (2005) City, 211,671. State, 754,730
State Economy: Oil production, tourism, export of timber and salt, agricultural products including corn and sugar
When to go
Hot and humid with a rainy season from June through October. May is the hottest month. Average temperature: January: Low: 22 Celsius/73 Fahrenheit; High: 25 Celsius/78 Fahrenheit. July: Low 23 Celsius/75 Fahrenheit. High: 30 Celsius/86 Fahrenheit.
January 1: New Year's Day
February 5: Constitution Day
March 15: Birthday of Benito Jaurez
June 1: Navy Day
September 16: Independence Day
November 20: Revolution Day
December 25: Christmas
Carnival (Mardi Gras): late January or February
Candelaria: February 2
Virgen del Carmen: July 15-30
San Joaquín: August 15-30
San Román: September 14-30
San Francisco: October 1-15
Getting to and away
By Airplane: Alberto Acuña Ongay International Airport (CPE) Address: Av. Lopez Portillo, off of Carretera Chiná-Campeche, Km 5.5 Tel: +52 (981) 823-4043, -4044 Airlines: Aeromexico, Mexicana
By Car: A Mexican government website will create detailed driving instructions between any two points in the country (although it is available only in Spanish). http://aplicaciones4.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/ControllerUI?action=cmdEscogeRuta
North: Federal Highway 180 between Mérida and Campeche (192 km/119 miles, 2 hours), with connections there to Chichen Itza, Valladolid and Cancun (494 km/307 miles).
South: Federal Highway 180 between Ciudad del Carmen (212 km/132 miles, 2 ½ hours (Via toll road MX$110/US$11), Villahermosa (450 km/280 miles, 5 ½ hours), and points west. At Champoton Highway 180 connects to Highway 261, which leads to Escarcega (150 km/93 miles, 2 hours). From Escarcega Highway 186 heads south to Palenque (366 km/227 miles) or east across the penisnula to Calakmul (360 km/224 miles), Xpujil (290 km/180 miles) and Chetumal (422 km/262 miles).
East: Highway 261 runs east to Hopelchen (85 km/55 miles, one hour) from which you can head north to Uxmal or southeast to Xpujil and Chetumal.
By Bus: The most convenient source of information about all 1st class and some 2nd class buses is www.ticketbus.com.mx. Tickets can be purchased online by credit card also at Campeche's Edzna Travel. Most buses arrive and depart from the first-class station. Some 2nd class and economic class buses arrive and depart from the 2nd class station. Make sure that you ask which bus station is the one you need.
First Class Station Address: Av. Casa de Justicia and Av. Patricio Trueba de Regil (extension of Av. Central) Tel: ADO: +52 (555) 133-2424 Toll-free (within Mexico): ADO: 01 (800) 702-8000 Web: ADO: www.ado.com.mx Bus Lines: ADO, GL, UNO (+52 (999) 928-6230), ATS, SUR
Campeche: Hopelchen (Sur: 13 daily, 6:00 am to 5:00 pm MX$47/US$4.70, 1 hour) Ciudad del Carmen (ADO, ATS, OCC: many daily, 12:30 am to 11:45 pm, MX$139-210/US$14-21, 3 – 3 ½ hours), Escarcega (ADO, ATS, OCC: 12 daily, 2:20 am to 11:45 pm, two hours, MX$89-120/US$9-12), Xpujil (Sur: 5:15 and 8:15 am, 6:30 and 10:00pm, MX$154/US$15, 5 hours. ADO: 12:00 pm, MX$222/US$22, 4 ½ hours).
Yucatán: Mérida (many via Highway 180, 1:10 am to 10:30 pm, MX$94-182/US$9-18, 2 ½ hours), Chichen Itza (connect in Mérida), Santa Elena/Uxmal/Mérida via Highway 261 (Sur, 6:00 and 9:15 am; 12:00, 2:30 and 5:00 pm, MX$98/US$9)
Quintana Roo: Chetumal (2nd class, 8:15 am, 10:00 pm, MX$220/US$22, 7 hours; also ADO, 12:00 pm, MX$316/US$32, 6 ½ hours), Cancún (many connections through Mérida, but one direct daily, ADO, 10:30 pm, MX$418/US$42, 6 ½ hours), Playa del Carmen (two daily: OCC, 3:00 am, MX$464/US$46, 8 hours; and ADO, 10:30 pm, MX$464/US$46, 8 hours), Tulum (connections through Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Chetumal) Tabasco: Villahermosa (many, 12:10 am to 10:25 pm, about 8 hours, MX$446-684/US$45-68)
Chiapas: Palenque (ADO, OCC: 12:30, 2:20 and 11:00 am; 9:45 and 10:50 pm, MX$272-328/US$27-33, 4 ½ to 6 ½ hours), San Cristobal (ADO GL: 10:50 pm, MX$514/US$51, 10 hours; or travel to Palenque and connect there), Tuxtla Gutierrez (OCC, ADO: 12:55 and 1:20 am, 10:50 pm, MX$556-666/US$56-67, 10-11 hours)
National: Puebla (ADO: 4:00, 4:35, 9:00, 11:00 pm, MX$962-1,146/US$96-115, 14-15 hours), Veracruz (ADO: 8:10 pm, MX$692/US$69, 12 ½ hours), Mexico City (4:00, 4:35, 6:50, 10:26, 11:45 pm, MX$1,068-1,280/US$107-128, 17 hours)
Second Class Station: Av. Gobernadores and Calle 45, Col. Santa Ana Getting around (local transportation, buses, taxis, car rental)
Walking: Even numbered streets run parallel to the Malecon. Odd numbered streets run inland.
Bicycle: Rent at Monkey Hostel Buses: MX$5/US$.50, depart from Circuito Baluartes near the Baluarte de San Pedro and the public market. Signs in the front window display the destinations.
City Bus Tour: Tranvia (Street Car) daily, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Main Square, M$70/US$7. Several different tours, 45 minutes each, including one that visits the San Miguel and San Jose Forts.
Taxis: Taxi stand on Circuito Baluartes near the Puerta del Mar parking lot Taxis within Historic Center: MX$30/US$3, more at night. Taxi from airport: about MX$80/US$8, 15 minutes Shared vans: Colectivos, or combis, are mini-vans that travel a particular route, transporting passengers for a few pesos. The final destination should be on a sign in the front window, or you can wave one down and ask where it's headed. Most depart from Circuito Baluartes near the Baluarte de San Pedro and the public market.
Car rental: many, including Europcar Address: At the airport Tel: +52 (981) 152-1163 Web: www.europcar.com.mx
Parking: Limited street parking in Historic Center, parking lot near Historic Center on Circuito Baluartes outside the Puerta del Mar at Calle 59
Police: 060, +52 (981) 816-3635
Fire Department: 066
Red Cross: +52 (981) 815-2376, -2411
Green Angels (Emergency Road Service): 078
Municipal Tourist Office: Hours: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Location: Calle 57 No. 3, between Calles 8 and 10 (on the Main Square next to the cathedral) Tel: +52 (981) 811-3989 Website: www.ayuntamientodecampeche.gob.mx Services: maps, brochures, guided tours, scale model of the Historic Center Additional Information: Students staff the office, like the charming and polite Guillermo Solub, who speaks English.
Main State Tourism Office: Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Address: Av. Ruiz Cortines, Plaza Moch Couoh, Col. Centro Tel: (Toll-free,México): 01 (800) 226-7324 Tel: (Toll free, USA and Canada): 01 (800) 536-5616 Tel: + 52 (981) 127-3520 and + 52 (981) 127-3300 Email: email@example.com
Banks: Many branches and ATMs. On the Main Square: Banorte, at the corner of Calles 10 and 57. HSBC Calle 10, between Calles 55 and 57 Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Saturday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Sunday, closed Money Exchange: many in Historic Center Travelers' checks: accepted at some hotels, restaurants and shops, or cashed at banks and money exchanges with proper identification.
Post Office: Address: in the Federal Building, at Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Calle 53, near the Baluarte de Santiago Hours: Monday to Saturday, 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Tel: +52 (981) 816-2134
Phone: On many street corners there are telephones that accept either coins or phone cards, which can be purchased at OXXO and other convenience stores. Long distance: Intertel Address: Calle 57 No 1 between 10 and 12
Internet: many in the Historic Center, including Ciber Chat Address: Corner of Calles 59 and 12 Laundry: La Antigua Address: Calle 57, between Calles 12 and 14 Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hospitals: La Clinica Campeche Address: Av. Central No. 65, between Trujano and Querétaro, Col. Santa Ana, near the Mega Comercial Mexicana Hours: Daily, 24 hours Tel: +52 (981) 816-5612 Email: available through website Web: http://www.clinicacampeche.com/
Additional Information: 24 hour pharmacy
Doctors: Name: Grupo Medico del Golfo Tel: +52 (981) 108-9136 Additional Information: will come to hotels Name: Dr. Ortiz Tel: +52 (981) 819-9615 Additional Information: speaks English
Pharmacies: Name: Farmacia Canto Address: Calle 10 No. 252, Historic Center Tel: +52 (981) 816-4100 Dentists: Ask at hotel front desk
None. Many in Mérida and Cancun Mexican Immigration (Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores): Address: Federal Building, Avenida 16 de Septiembre and Calle 53, First Floor, Room 2, Historic Center Hours: 08:00 a 15:00 Hrs. Tel: +52 (981) 811-3524, -1708 Fax: +52 (981) 811-3524, -1708 Email: available through website Web: http://portal3.sre.gob.mx/english/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&Itemid=14
Pemex stations located throughout the city, including at Baluarte San Juan and Calle 16 Luggage Storage: at the first class bus station. 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, MX$5-12/US$.50-1.20 per hour, depending on size of luggage
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