Palizada, Magical Town of Campeche: An Encounter with History and Nature


Palizada, located in the state of Campeche, is a Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) that has preserved its historical and cultural richness since its designation on February 24, 2011. The town’s inhabitants and government have worked diligently to conserve its architectural features, preserve its natural landscapes, and safeguard its monuments, traditions, and customs, reaffirming its status as a significant tourist destination.

With an area of 2,071 square kilometers, Palizada serves as the municipal seat of the same name. It is situated in the southwestern part of the state of Campeche, near the Laguna de Términos (Terminos Lagoon), within the region known as Los Ríos (The Rivers).

The natural landscapes of Palizada are an integral part of the attractions that draw both national and international tourists to this charming town year after year. Let’s explore some of its unique features:

1. Palo de Tinte:

   – For years, Palo de Tinte (a type of wood used for dye) was one of the most exploited resources in the region, exported to the European market where it was in high demand.

   – Initially named San Joaquín de la Palotada, then San Ignacio de la Empalizada, and finally Palizada, the town offers ecological tours to showcase its unique ecology and observe species such as the Morelet’s crocodile, manatees, various types of turtles, and numerous bird species.

   – The town’s architecture also reflects European influence due to commercial exchanges with countries like Spain, France, and England. These traders brought the Marsellaise tiles as ballast for their merchant ships, which the locals then used to construct the roofs of their homes.

2. Historic Center and Old Houses:

   – Palizada’s historic center features well-preserved old houses with red roofs and white walls, creating a distinctive personality.

   – Strolling through the streets, visitors can appreciate the bustling commercial activity in the main market and friendly artisans selling creative wooden crafts in the traditional neighborhoods.

   – The municipal market, with its Porfirian architecture and beautiful arches, serves as a hub for locally grown produce and fish caught by the townspeople.

3. Culinary Delights:

   – Palizada offers delicious local cuisine, including grilled pejelagarto (a type of fish), tostones (fried green plantains), stuffed plantains, turkey broth, chocolomo (a meat-based soup), and empanadas filled with cheese and sugar.

   – Restaurants like Grillo Marino and Mi Viejo Palizada serve these delightful dishes.

4. Malecón and Nighttime Magic:

   – At night, the malecón (boardwalk) becomes a magical place, warmly illuminated by the town’s lights.

   – Visitors can admire a replica of the Statue of Liberty, which symbolizes the liberal spirit of the townspeople since 1949.

5. Religious Architecture:

   – The San Joaquín Parish stands out as the most remarkable religious architectural monument in the main square. Built in 1773, it features a simple design with a two-sloped tile roof, a half-point arched entrance, and a coral window. The tower houses an ancient clock and can be reached via a spiral staircase.

6. Festivals and Activities:

   – Palizada hosts various festivities, including the Carnival in January and the Feria del Santo Patrono (Fair of the Patron Saint) in August.

   – Activities include agricultural and livestock exhibitions, popular dances, rodeos, sports competitions, aquatic events like canoe races, and the release of colorful paper hot air balloons.

Palizada’s timeless charm, Marsellaise-tiled roofs, lush nature, and harmonious community make it an enchanting destination. Its history, culture, and natural beauty invite travelers to explore and immerse themselves in this unique Pueblo Mágico.

Source: Rerporte Indigo