Rio Bec Route Trip Details
What NOT to miss
Palanque to Campeche ~420 Km (~4-5 hrs). There is an option of taking the
"cuota" from Champoton to Campeche (last 50 Kms). The toll costs 49 pesos
each way (March 2005).
Campeche to Chetumal ~400 Km (~4-5 hrs).
Calakmul detour - 60 Km each way from the main highway 186. The road becomes one lane after a few kms. It would take 1.5 to 2 hrs each way.
What is OK To miss
Campeche. Easily the best city in the Yucatan peninsula. It is worth spending
at least a day here roaming around the historic downtown.
Fuerte de San Miguel, Campeche. Afternoon might be a good time to go to
get the best views of the city. Don't miss the jade mask exhibits and do
climb to the roof for the view.
Becan - in quite a decent shape. Do not miss the recently excavated relief
on the south side of estructura X (protected by a glass casing).
Museo de la cultura Maya in Chetumal. Easily the best museum in the entire
Probably Calakmul especially during the hot dry months. The forests don't
look inviting during the dry season and chances of spotting the wildlife
is also bleaker.
We stayed at the Hostal Pirata (YHA) in Campeche. It is situated near many
city attractions. The rooms weren't bad either.
We stayed at Hotel Caribe Princess in Chetumal. It was the costliest place
that we stayed on the trip (450 pesos). But the rooms were worth the price.