“The Old Colonial Town with Charm” is how Campeche is known to some. Founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadors, the old part of Campeche has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with fortifications constructed to protect the city from seventeenth and eighteenth century marauding pirates. Modern Campeche has an expatriate presence mainly due to the oil and gas industries bringing employment and prosperity to the state and Campeche itself. Expats in Campeche are encouraged to register with InterNations, through which they can network and make contact via online forums with fellow expatriates, not just in Campeche and the state of the same name, but globally. Members may organize a network of expats in Campeche for cultural, social and leisure purposes, enabling them to meet with expatriates from all over the world and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded individuals and their families.
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Moving to Campeche specifically, or relocating to another country in general, can at first be a lonely venture to undertake; both stressful and demanding. You may have many questions to ask, and no-one to advise you on the process and what to expect on arrival in Mexico and Campeche itself. Using the InterNations portal before your relocation takes place enables you to use the online forums and discussion groups to search for answers to your questions regarding relocation as an expatriate to Mexico and Campeche. The Expat Magazine is an exclusive collection of articles penned by both InterNations staff and members, containing a wealth of information on many topics which are of interest to expats moving to Campeche, and should address the more general problems that expatriates may encounter in Mexico and globally.
The oil and gas industry is the main employer of expatriates in Campeche, but mining, quarrying, construction, manufacturing and commerce also attract high caliber expat employees, bringing their expertise and managerial skills to the city. On InterNations, expatriates working in Campeche may find fellow expats who are willing to organize together a program of social, cultural and leisure activities in Campeche and elsewhere in the state. Group visits to the many Mayan civilization archaeological sites near to Campeche, including Edzná, with its acropolis and canal system, and Calakmúl UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site and its nearby biosphere reserve are options. In San Fransisco de Campeche, to give the city its full title, the fortifications and city walls of the old colonial town are also very interesting. The two forts of San Miguel and San José el Alto house museums, whilst an outing to Baluarte de Santiago botanic gardens allows expats living in Campeche to relax in beautiful surroundings.