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  • 1. Acuario de Veracruz


    Veracruz is home to one of Latin America's biggest and best aquariums. One tank alone has 2,000 species of marine life native to the Gulf of...Read More

  • 2. El Tajín


    The extensive ruins of El Tajín—from the Totonac word for "thunder"—express the highest degree of artistry of any ancient city in the coastal...Read More

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  • 3. Museo de Antropología


    Xalapa's Museo de Antropología is second only to the archaeological museum in Mexico City. Its collection of artifacts covers the three main...Read More

  • 4. Baluarte de Santiago


    The small fortress is all that's left of the old city walls. Like the Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa, the colonial-era bulwark was built as a defense...Read More

  • 5. Boca del Río


    About 4 km (2½ mi) south of Playa Mocambo is Boca del Río, a small fishing village at the mouth of the Río Jamapa that is quickly getting sucked...Read More

  • 6. Capilla de la Candelaria

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The massive orange-trimmed church on the north side of Plaza Zaragoza is the Capilla de la Candelaria, constructed in 1779. It houses the town...Read More

  • 7. Casa de Cabildo

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The neoclassical Casa de Cabildo, which houses all the governmental offices, is painted vivid shades of red and green. The huge arch in the...Read More

  • 8. Casa de Cortés


    Although locals call it Casa de Cortés, the 16th-century customs house actually had nothing to do with the conquistador. Little is left of the...Read More

  • 9. Cascada de Texolo

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Xico is known for its natural wonders, notably the Cascada de Texolo, a majestic waterfall set in a deep gorge of tropical greenery. The lush...Read More

  • 10. Ceiba de la Noche Feliz

    Other Attraction

    Heading toward the river on Calle Ruiz Cortés you'll see a tree with tentacle-like branches blocking the road. This is the Ceiba de la Noche...Read More

  • 11. Cempoala


    Cempoala (sometimes spelled "Zempoala") was the capital of the Totonac people. The name means "place of 20 waters," after the sophisticated...Read More

  • 12. Ermita del Rosario

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    La Antigua also has the first church of New Spain, the diminutive Ermita del Rosario. The little white stucco structure has been restored (and...Read More

  • 13. Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa

    Military Sight

    During the viceregal era Veracruz was the only east coast port permitted to operate in New Spain and, therefore, was attacked by pirates. This...Read More

  • 14. Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo de Xalapa


    The city's contemporary-art museum, Galeria de Arte Contemporáneo de Xalapa, housed in a restored colonial-era building, has temporary exhibits...Read More

  • 15. Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Several other churches are scattered around Tlacotalpan, but none are more delightful than the diminutive Iglesia de San Miguel Arcangel. Known...Read More

  • 16. Mandinga


    Mandinga is 8 km (5 mi) south of Boca del Río, and is less frequented by tourists. ...Read More

  • 17. Mocambo


    Veracruz City's beaches are not particularly inviting, being on the brownish side of gold, with polluted water. Decent beaches with paler, finer...Read More

  • 18. Museo Casa Lara


    Museo Casa Lara is filled with photographs and other items that belonged to Augustín Lara, a musician and movie star. Look for stills from films...Read More

  • 19. Museo de la Ciudad


    This museum in a lovely colonial-era building tells the city's history through artifacts, displays, and scale models. Also exhibited are copies...Read More

  • 20. Museo Histórico de la Amistad México–Cuba


    Across the river from downtown is the grandly named Museo Histórico de la Amistad México–Cuba. This one-room house, bare save for black-and...Read More

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