After a quick 7 AM breakfast at our hotel in Palenque, our tour group headed out for a 226-mile drive to the city of Campeche.
We left the lush rainforests in the state of Chiapas and entered the state of Campeche, part of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Following The Gulf of Mexico
We followed the coast along the Gulf of Mexico for about 80 miles. We passed numerous fishing villages and beaches that are important nesting areas for Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles.
We stopped for lunch at El Timon, in the tiny fishing village of Champoton.
This Mayan city is thought to date back to the 10th century and was the site of a famous battle where the Mayas defeated the first Spanish explorers in 1517.
Now, it’s best known for its natural beauty, attracting fishermen, birders, and nature lovers.
Lunch at El Timon
We stopped at a restaurant perched on the beach. Surprisingly, the restaurant had a good-sized private dining area with air conditioning that overlooked the water.
As usual, we pre-ordered our entrees on the road to help expedite service.
The restaurant had fresh hot Cheese Empanadas waiting for our group as our starter when we arrived.
Typically, our selections included three offerings. These were broken out to include Seafood, Chicken or Beef, and something Vegetarian.
Being on the Gulf of Mexico, an area known for its fresh Seafood, especially its fresh Shrimp, we both went for the Grilled Shrimp. It was served with Rice and sautéed Vegetables. The Shrimp were sweet, plump, and delicious.
For dessert, we were served Flan Napolitano, which was delicious. Maybe one of the best desserts on the whole trip.
A Private Concert
Our lunch at El Timon included a strolling guitar player who shared traditional Mexican music while strolling around the room. He was excellent, not too loud, and very friendly.
Outside On The Terrace
Outside our private dining room, El Timon had a good-sized terrace over the water.
It gave us a great view of the Gulf of Mexico, the local fishing boats, and gulls. People from our group were all too happy to feed the birds our leftovers.
It was a great stop along the waterfront on our way to Campeche!