Escárcega on the Maya Tain


Escárcega, the second largest city in Campeche after its capital (S.F. Campeche), thrives economically in various sectors, including agriculture, livestock, fishing, manufacturing, and services. Serving as the “gateway” to the renowned Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Escárcega attracts travelers with its rich biodiversity and captivating ecotourism opportunities.

Moreover, as a pivotal point on the exciting itinerary of the Maya Train, Escárcega stands out as a crucial stop along the route, facilitating access to this culturally and historically significant region. Visitors can explore the scattered Maya archaeological sites in the area, offering glimpses of the profound legacy of the ancient civilization.

This bustling city offers a blend of modernity and ancient Maya heritage, making it an intriguing destination for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Whether immersing oneself in the pristine nature of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, delving into Maya history at archaeological sites, or embracing the allure of ecotourism, Escárcega invites you to embark on a journey of discovery amidst the splendor of the Yucatan Peninsula.

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What is the history of Escárcega?

The history of Escárcega dates back to the early 20th century when a railway camp was established in the region.

The railway camp grew rapidly, and in 1902, the Escárcega station was founded, named in honor of the engineer Francisco Escárcega, who supervised the construction of the railway in the area.


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Where is Escárcega located?

Escárcega is one of the municipalities that are part of the state of Campeche and is located in the central area of the state.

Escárcega borders Champotón Municipality to the north, Carmen Municipality to the west, Calakmul to the east, and Candelaria to the south.


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What are the Festivities of Escárcega?

Some of the most important ones in Escárcega are:

Carnival Escarcega


The carnival is one of the most important and anticipated festivities of the year in Escárcega. It takes place during the month of February and features parades, floats, music, and dancing.

Carnival of Carmen

Carnival of Carmen

Although not celebrated in Escárcega itself, the Carnival of Carmen is one of the most important festivities in the region and attracts many visitors from Escárcega and its surroundings. It takes place in the city of Ciudad del Carmen, located about 200 km from Escárcega, and is characterized by parades, costumes, music, and dancing.

What to do in Escárcega, Campeche?

The state of Campeche offers a wide variety of tourist attractions and activities to enjoy during your visit. Here are some of the things you can do in the state:

Strolling in the Historic Downtown

Strolling in the Historic Downtown

Enjoying nature in the Laguna de Términos

Enjoying nature in the Laguna de Términos

Visiting the City Museum

Visiting the City Museum

Enjoying the local gastronomy Escarcegá

Enjoying the local gastronomy

Beaches in Escárcega

It’s important to note that Escárcega is not located on the coast, so it doesn’t have its own beaches. However, the region does have some nearby beach options that can be visited on a trip from Escárcega:

Playa Bonita Campeche

Bonita Beach

Playa del Carmen

Playa Carmen

Playa Mahahual


Archaeological Sites in Escárcega

The Escárcega region is home to several important archaeological sites of the Maya civilization. Some of them include:

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