Created by Alejandra Larade.
Would you want to escape to a fantastic port-city rich in history?
How about visiting some memorable ruins, or tasting some delicious local coffee? Visit Veracruz to have fun, relax and take in some local history. Veracruz is a mix of cultures and a witness of many battles that took place. A Mexican state rich in offerings such as beaches, colonial towns, beautiful waterfalls, exotic hiking trails and much more.
Enchanted Port of Veracruz
Stroll around the beautiful Malecon (boardwalk) and sip a delicious local coffee at “Café de la Parroquia.” At this very famous and old coffee shop, one can get some local coffee beans from various regions of Veracruz such as Xico, and Coatepec, or sip some of the local brew enjoying the sunset. If history entices you, a short boat ride from the city will take you to the 16th century Fort of San Juan de Ulua. Also called “The Castle of San Juan de Ulua”, this fort was originally built to protect the city against pirates, and was later turned into a jail. It has also been used as the presidential palace.
This majestic archeological site was the most important centre in Northeast Mesoamerica from the 9th to 13th century. Tajin is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Centre for its astronomical and architectural importance, and is one of the best-preserved sites in the world. Some of the jewels here are the buildings with the decoration of key-patterns, niches, fretworks, wall paintings, cornices and low reliefs. The paintings and reliefs relive the ritual and daily life of those times. Another very important area is the Group of Columns, decorated with relief sculptures, and the Pyramid of the Niches. One of the most significant exhibitions of culture in Mexico is the Voladores de Papantla (Flyers of Papantla) This traditional performance was said to originally be created to ask the Gods to end a severe drought.
Traditional and Charming Xalapa
This beautiful colonial town is the capital city of the State of Veracruz. Lined with cobblestone streets, it is a charming site to visit. Xalapa has many great nearby places to explore, like Xico, where coffee beans are harvested carefully to produce one of the best coffees in all of Latin America. Gaze upon the waterfall of Texolo, which has attracted some movie filmmakers for its beauty. Coatepec is another charming town. Enjoy delicious cuisine, or wander the main plaza while shopping and mingling with the locals. Coatepec is also famous for its delicious coffee, so be sure to stop to by or taste some of the local delicatessen.