Escárcega (full name Francisco Escárcega) is a small city in the state of Campeche, located at an important junction between Mexico's Federal Routes 261 and 186.

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Federal Route 261 provides a secondary, inland alternative to the main route from Villahermosa to Mérida. Route 186 traverses the sparsely populated southern half of the Yucatán, between Escárcega and Chetumal. A freight railroad, offering no passenger service, also passes through Escárcega.


The location of Escárcega at highway intersections has made it a stop for truckers and long distance buses. Widely considered the least charming town in the Yucatan Peninsula, there is no reason for travelers to make a special trip here, nor to linger longer than needed while in transit to elsewhere. Basic food, lodging, and supplies can be obtained here if needed, but don't expect anything beyond that.


Escárcega is a nondescript city with very little of interest to traveler except as a place to wait to change buses.


Escárcega is a place to change buses. Overland travelers from Cancun, Merida, Campeche, and other sites in the Yucatan pass through Escárcega on their way to Chiapas and Palenque.


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