Beautiful houses and more carnival
18.02.2012 - 20.02.2012 35 °C
I went to Campeche for a couple of days from Mérida because they have a big carnival too. When I arrived there, I was pleasantly surprised by the town. The centre is inside the old city walls and is beautiful! The buildings all have different colours and everything is very clean and quiet.
Although I really liked the city I had a pretty bad experience on my first afternoon there. I was randomly walking around and enjoying the sights when I realised that someone was following me. At first I thought I was just imagining it, but he really was. When I walked back a street I just had come down, he appeared at the other end again as well; when I went into a shop, he was somewhere around when I came back out. He was wearing a hoodie and sunglasses and kept talking to someone on the phone. It was really creepy. I walked around trying to get rid of him for a while, till I got a chance to slip into my hostel without him seeing me. I did not dare to leave the hostel for a while afterwards. Luckily I never saw him again.
The carnival parade that night was a busy event. It was a very nice parade, with colourful floats and costumes. However, this was the slowest parade I have ever seen! In between some groups we had to wait over 20 minutes, so that in the end the relatively short parade took over 2 hours.
The next day, I wanted to see more of the town, but was feeling a bit lazy, so I decided to take the very touristy little sightseeing train driving around town. It gave me a nice tour around the city, the walled part and some other neighbourhoods. After this I went to the botanical garden, a small but nice place inside one of the ramparts of the old fortress walls.
After walking along the 'malecón' for a bit, I went to a light and sound show that night with a German from my hostel and a Japanese that I met on the little train, the 'tranvía'. It was a bit strange at first when we walked around the walls and got some explanations and then saw a short video which was really just a promotion video of the city, but the actual light and sound show was not bad. The history of the city, from the discovery of the place by the Maya to current times, was re-enacted on the city walls.
After the show we went to see some fountains next to the main square which lit in different colours and move in the rhythm of background music. It was a very nice display.
The next day, I went back to Mérida where I spent a lot of time waiting in the bank to pay the Mexican exit fee and then just hanging out in the city for a few more hours before getting on a night bus to Belize.