The state of Veracruz, core point of the Mexican history, cradle of our crossbred nation is located at the eastern portion of our country. Its territorial extension is 72,815 km2 and it has a long coastline, 800 km in length from the mouth of the Panuco River to Coatzacoalcos, along which you'll find incomparable beaches, lagoons and rivers. To recap its virtues, let us start by its prosperous eastmost end bathed by the Golf of Mexico and continue mentioning its magnificent natural scenarios: woods, plains, jungles, mountain ranges an even the imposing Citlaltépetl, crowned with white snow. Definitely, Mother Nature was generous with Veracruz.
Maybe for this reason Veracruz witnessed the birth and flourishing of the mother of all Meso-American cultures, the Olmeca culture, whose roots date back hundreds of years before Christ. The footprints of this culture, together with the Huastecos and Totonacas, also splattered by the Nahuatl influence, may be seen in sublime constructions as the Temple of the Chimneys, the Niche Pyramid, the Main Temple and the Shrine to the God of Wind.
And its privileges continued: it later became the melting pot of racial mixture and syncretism of the indigenous and European cultures, amalgamation to which black men taken from Africa further added. So, Veracruz became what it is today: a land of myth and legends, of contrast and richness..
Of course, the Colonial times also left their print, even deeper than the previous one, with jewels such as the Baluarte de Santiago, the Xalapa Cathedarl or the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Carmen, just to mention some of them and to leave it clear that, whichever spot of Veracruz you are in, you will always have some site to visit and admire, whether it is a natural attraction, an archeological or a Colonial one.
Now, the result of the interesting evolution of the state of Veracruz has been a population with an unequally joyful, kind, partying character, filled with hospitality. Since you lay foot on Veracruz, the "Jarochos" will make you feel authentically at home, in addition to spreading their joy and before you realize, you will be dancing some steps. The first thing you will discover upon entering this rich state will be its great folkloric richness and as soon as you re hungry, you will discover why it is famous for its gastronomy, full of the most delicious dishes, a result of merging the Spanish and the indigenous cuisine, based on fish and seafood.
The jubilant atmosphere will surround you anywhere you go, starting by Papantla, where the fliers will perform their singular ritual, which includes a dance that wind-walks. In the beaches you will find the bustle of people, counterpoint of the bustle of waves. At the Plaza de Armas of the port of Veracruz you will see couples dancing gracefully to the rhythm of danzon. The colorful and colonial majesty of its cities will joyfully greet you. And what to say about Carnival!, the ideal pretext to surrender body and soul to the hubbub, relaxation, laughter, music and party. Veracruz is a place not to be compared, and thus the experience of visiting it it simply can't be substituted with anything. It is something you have to live, for you to say you have lived.” Source: Veracruz.com.mx
Located at the corners of the Canal street and 16 de Septiembre street. This is the only bastion left of nine bulwarks that once used to protect the port from pirate attacks since the 16th to the 19th Centuries. Here you may see precious treasures integrating a collection known as Las Joyas del Pescador [Fishermen Jewels].
Opens Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-06:30
Located at Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortines SN, Fracc. Costa Verde, 94296 Boca del Río, Ver. This was once the house of the famous Mexican composer Agustin Lara. At the museum you will see pictures, the original furniture and a replica of the XEW radio station, where they recorded the original compositions of Lara.
It opens Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 7:30 and Sundays from 10:00 to 3:00.
Located at the hear of the port, it is known for its beautiful buildings and famous arches. It is also called Plaza de la Constitución. The outdoor theater puts various cultural events on stage. Thursdays and Saturdays in the evening you will see couples dancing the Danzón to the rhythm of marimbas.
Located at Av. Independencia, in the corner of Mario Molina, near the Plaza de la Constitución, in the Historical Downtown. This building dates from the 17th century.
You will see the structure of a main altar is of Neoclassical style and a series of sculptures.
Located 15 minutes from the city of Veracruz. This fortress was built during the 16th and 17th centuries, to protect the port from pirate attacks. Many years later it was used as a prison. It is currently an important museum. Opens Tuesday to Sunday 9:30-4:30.
It is located at the Marina Mercante [Merchant Navy] These Neoclassical style buildings with French architectural influence are part of a group of structures built during the Porfirio Diaz government, to improve the port.
Veracruz Museums have some of the most representative elements of the port in display: the chronicle of the history of the Mexican Army, they offer expositions representing the life of the composer Agustin Lara and the poet Salvador Dali Miron, and they show the state of art and culture in Veracruz, among other exhibitions.
Located at the calle Arista, at the corner with Francisco Hernández y Hernández. This building was once the building of the Banco de México office. It has a series of sculptures made by Francisco Zúñiga.
Located at calle Arista, at the Morelos corner, two blocks from the Paseo Maritimo. The 11 exhibition rooms have a screen showing the history of the Mexico Army. The museum also has temporary expositions, a library and an auditorium.
Opens Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-05:00.
Veracruz cuisine is a unique mixture of Prehispanic ingredients and recipes brought by the Spaniards. During your visit, you must taste the famous Veracruzana fish (a regional fish dish), tortillas of lisa fish egg (huevas de mújol), seafood stew, octopus marinera (baby octopus), the tumbada rice (Veracruz style rice), shrimp and costeño (regional) empanadas (typical of Veracruz) and anise Tamales. To pass your food, we recommend you to taste the toritos [little bulls] (a strong liquor), Las Glorias, Los Diablitos and the "popo" (beverage made with cocoa and rice). You may also drink a cup of Veracruz style coffee, tasty with milk. For an excellent cup of coffee, go to Los Portales and La Parroquia.