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Where the Old World Meets Modern Mexico.
Veracruz is a coastal city which has a strong and distinctive colonial feel to it. Palm trees line the streets and the zocalo (main plaza) where, at night, Marimba (Afro-Caribbean) music fills the streets and people meet to talk, dine, dance and just watch the world go by.
This city is a hidden gem if you’re looking for an experience which is distinct from the traditional ‘tourist circuit’ of colonial cities. Besides being a place of character, it’s also colorful, lively and easy-going.
Three hundred years of Spanish colonial rule also ended in Veracruz, as the Spanish fled to the fort of San Juan de Ulua; once on an island offshore, it’s now connected by a road. The years that followed were not easy ones for Mexico and, again, Veracruz was a key center of historical events. The city’s title: ” Four times heroic city of Veracruz ” refers to the expelling of the Spanish and three other military triumphs: one against the French and two against the Americans.
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Tlacotalpan is a town in the eastern coast of Mexico. It’s beauty and uniqueness has inspired different artists from musicians, painters designers.
Tlacotalpan was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 because the “urban layout and architecture of Tlacotalpan represent a fusion of Spanish and Caribbean traditions of exceptional importance and quality… Its outstanding character lies in its townscape of wide streets, modest houses in an exuberant variety of styles and colors and many mature trees in public and private open spaces.”
Museum of Anthropology of Xalapa (MAX) is the second important in Mexico. This modern space opened on October 30, 1896, has the largest collection of archaeological pieces of the cultures of the Gulf of Mexico. Its exhibition area covers about 9 thousand square meters divided into 18 drops, 6 rooms and 3 patios covered and surrounded by a magnificent vegetation, along which can be seen near 1500 artifacts created by pre-Hispanic cultures that settled all over the state of Veracruz: Huasteca, Totonaca and Olmec Cultures.
Hacienda del Lencero is a building constructed in the XVI century, surrounded by lush gardens. It has been witness to Mexico’s history for over five centuries; its colonial architecture and decor stand out because of the excellent condition in which they are kept. The mansion’s first owner was a soldier serving under Hernan Cortez, who turned it into an inn where travelers coming from the Port of Veracruz could rest. During the XVII century it became a sugar mill and in 1842 it was purchased by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who, two years later, married in its chapel. During the course of 14 years, El Lencero was owned by Santa Ana, who was President of the Republic 11 times.
San Juan de Ulua Fort in Veracruz served as the primary military stronghold of the Spanish Empire in the Americas. Located on an island discovered by Juan de Grijalva in 1518 and built and added to between 1535 and 1843, the fort was once considered the most secure and technologically advanced in the New World, serving as both a port of entry for Christian missionaries and a critical piece of the Spanish West Indies coastal defense system.
Zempoala The name means “place of the 20 waters,” for the several rivers that converge near the site. At the time of the Conquest, Zempoala (also spelled “Cempoala”) was the Totonac capital and the largest city on the Gulf of Mexico, with a population of about 30,000. Zempoala was the first large Mesoamerican center visited by Europeans and the place where Cortes met his first important native ally, “Xicomecoatl”, better known as the “Fat Chief.” Only a small part of the main ceremonial area of the site has been restored. Zempoala is an important place where history was made. The uniting of Spanish, European, and the Native American cultures that became modern Mexico could be said to have their beginnings in Zempoala.
Antigua was the second settlement of the Villa Rica de la Veracruz and it is located 25 kms from the port. The house of Hernan Cortez is one of the most important sites, which is surrounded by huge trees and roots that give a mystical touch to the place. The building still preserves parts of the original building’s structure, the room of Cortez, the well and the central patio. La Antigua is a small town that also houses the first catholic chapel ever built in the Americas.
Catemaco. Founded in the year 1774, the mystic town of “burned houses” belonged to the province of Santiago de Tuxtla. It is characterized by the vast variety of flora and fauna surrounding the Lake of Catemaco and its mountains. Hence, most of the zone is protected in the ecological reserve of Los Tuxtlas. Additionally, the Indian tradition of the city offers visitors a very peculiar vision of the world, despite its religious vocation honoring the Virgin of Carmen, in Catemaco the supernatural practices of white and black magic sorcerers remains alive. All of this converges with Pre Hispanic ritual practices still alive in the daily life of locals and tourism centers as in the Temazcal baths and ceremonies to greet the sun.
• Round Trip Airfare From Guadalajara
• Transfers Airport-Hotel-Train Station-Hotel-Airport
• Hotel accomidation
• Certified tour guide
• All tours in the region
• Entrance fees
• Ground transportación in Veracruz
• All tours in the region
• 16 % Federal taxes (IVA)
• Veracruz city tour
• Boca del Río
• San Juan de Ulúa Fort
• Jalapa city
• Anthropology museum
• Hacienda del Lencero
• La Antigua
• And much more