Palizada is a multicolored postcard, far from the white and red images of magical towns in the center of the country. Here, the tile on the roof of two waters rests on walls of colorful colors: yellow, green, blue ... bright tones as the sparkling spirit of its inhabitants.

As an exception to the whole southeast area, where the Mayan culture developed and flourished, this area was originally inhabited by indigenous groups of Nahuatl and Chontal origin, and belonged to the cacicazgo of Alcalán Tixchel. However, the foundation would not be official until almost a century later: on August 16, 1792, when Carlos III, king of Spain, would order the establishment of the population as a defense against the English that at that time controlled the Isla del Carmen .

This site, ambitious for its timber production, received the title of "Village", and on January 1, 1916 it was constituted as the head of the municipality of the same name: Palizada, Campeche.

Mango production also stands out in the region and, even, the fair that takes place year after year, is known as "Feria del Mango" and is celebrated from 15 to 31 August, with agricultural and livestock exposure.

The Historical Downtown shows the splendor and cultural richness that existed in the region. Its picturesque houses are made of masonry and French tile roofs, with beautiful windows and doors characteristic of the colonial era.

Obligado is to know the Casa del Río in front of the old pier. Built by Dr. Enrique Cuevas, the building is of French style, has Renaissance and neoclassical characteristics. Likewise, the Municipal Palace, with a sober façade, has two masonry floors and a small atrium framed by medium-sized columns.

Venture to an excursion to "Cocodrilos de Palizada", a crocodile farm north of the town, where you can also see howler monkeys; and when it's time to eat, try in some restaurant the characteristic fish of the place: the pejelagarto.

Palizada is undoubtedly a Magic Town that breaks the scheme, combining statues of saints with reptiles and mangoes; the devotion for the saints and the joy of those who enjoy a place out of the ordinary with a permanent smile on their lips.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • City market Ideal to know the crafts and cuisine of Palizada.
  • Park of the Freedom Opened in 1949, it has a curious replica of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
  • Benito Juárez Park Main Park of this Magical Town. Gets its name from the statue of the "Benemérito de las Américas" located at the center of the park.
  • Sea Gate A mandatory entry and exit for those who arrive at the city through navigation.
  • Palizada River Here you can take a boat trip and watch the town from the river, as well as observe a large number of marine species.
  • Malecón A beautiful waterfront promenade perfect for a relaxing night walk.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Fair of San Joaquín From August 15 to 31. There are folkloric dances, carnival rides, vaquerías (regional celebration) and aquatic sports contests.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Turtle in his blood. Turtle meat bathed in red sauce.
  • Garpike patties
  • Mojarra. A type of sea bream. Served fried or roasted.
  • Beans with pork
  • Sweets made with natural fruits
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • Its original name was "San Joaquín de la Palotada", later "San Ignacio de la Empalizada" and finally "Palizada".
  • Was officially founded on August 16, 1792 to prevent English pirates from invading these lands.
  • In the past, it was the main site for harvesting precious woods and Campeche wood of the region.
  • It was elevated to city status on August 13, 1959.

Popular Craft

  • Wood carvings
  • Woven baskets
  • Petates
  • Fireworks

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