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Campeche is the capital city of the state of Campeche. It is a surprising and interesting town with little over 240,000 inhabitants, so it's comfortably small-scale. Thanks to major restoration works over the last few years, many of the historic buildings have been restored to their former glory and are beautifully lit at night.
The city retains many of the old colonial Spanish city walls and fortifications which protected the city from pirates.
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Although the Day of the Dead is also celebrated in many Latin American countries except Mexico (and also in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa), the Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is most intensily celebrated in Mexciowhere where it is equal to a National Holiday. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1st and 2nd, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. Although it is about the Dead, it is also a celebration where eating and partying both are common as well.
Bus is by far the easiest way to get to Campeche. It is connected to Cancun to the south and to Mexico City and Veracruz in the north. Almost all major towns and cities have several daily direct buses to Campeche.
|Hostal La Parroquia||Calle 55 # 8 entre calle 10 y calle 12 Colonia Centro Histórico CD. Amurallada||Guesthouse||75|
|Hotel America Centro||Calle 10 No. 252. entre 59 y 61 Centro Hist�orico, Campeche Campeche||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Castelmar||Calle 61 nr. 2 Between Calle 8 and 10||Hotel||86|
|Pirate Hostel||C. 59 # 47 Centro Histórico C.P. 24000||Hostel||67|
|Monkey Hostel||Calle 57 por 10 #6 altos Colonia Centro||Hostel||-|
Internet cafe's are widely available and you generally can find one in the direct vicinity. Sometimes photocopy stores or photo processing stores will double as an internet cafe with a couple of computers. Look for signs reading "Acceso a Internet" or "Cibernautica" or "Cibercafe". Charges range from approx. US$1 an hour to US$3 an hour, depending on the location.
See also International Telephone Calls
Phone cards can be purchased anywhere and are needed for the majority of public phones. To call any number outside your region you have to dial 01 then followed by the area code. If calling a cellphone from a normal phone start with with 044. If calling cellphone to cellphone just dial the 10-digit number. To make an international call dial 00 followed by the country code then the local number. To call to Mexico, also dial 00 (most of the times) followed by the national code 52.
The Mexican postal service is operated by Correos de México. The post service in Mexico is pretty good although not very cheap. It is reliable regarding the sending of postcards, but it takes at least a week to send it to other countries (US/Canada), more so if you send it to Europe or Australia. For packages it is better to use international services like FedEx or UPS. If you are sending a package internationally with the Mexican postal service, take the package OPEN to the post office, they may want to inspect it. Seal it up at the post office. Post offices typically open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 1:00pm Saturday. You will find post offices (Oficina de Correos) is almost any town or city in Mexico. To buy stamps it is best to go to the post office, although you can also get them at stamp machines, located outside the post offices, at bus stations, airports and some commercial establishments.
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