The Magical Towns of Veracruz embarks on a journey through the most beautifully quaint and historically rich areas of the state. It also covers Veracruz City and Xalapa, two very important cities.
This trip is perfect for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Mexico’s Gulf Coast state of Veracruz . The trip starts in the beautiful coastal city which is the most importang port and weaves its way thorough interesting towns (Pueblos Magicos), cities, ruins, and history along the way.
Veracruz – This lively city is the most important port in the country and offers a wealth of fascinating history
Xalapa – Visit the captial of Veracruz and their spectacular Museum of Anthropology exhibiting the ancient work of Olmec, Huastec, and Totonac artists
Catemaco – Visit the mystical region of Los Tuxtla and Catemaco
Xico – This Magical Town produces cofee, tropical fruit, wine, handicrafts, and other products.
Coatepec – This Pueblo Magico is known for their outstanding coffee produce
Day 1: Arrival to Veracruz
Upon Arrival, you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your charming hotel Veracruz historic Center. Relax and enjoy rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Veracruz
Today you will be picked up by your private expert bilingual Guide for a privately guided city tour of Veracruz.
Veracruz is not only the most important port in the country, but the main access to the amazing attractions in the coast of the Gulf of Mexico as well. You will enjoy ancient colonial buildings and monumental fortifications, which in the past defended the population against the treacherous attacks of pirates and corsairs.
A quiet promenade by the sea to contemplate the ocean and the avatars of the seaport, a Plaza de Armas festive and whirled by the colors of the dances, a fabulous aquarium, the largest in Latin America and the 8th most visited in the world, and a church where travelers use to go commend themselves in order to arrive in good port, are forced stops in the itinerary of travelers.
Day 3: Veracruz, Zempoala
Today enjoy a privately guided tour of Antigua & the archaeological site of Zempoala (or Cempoala). Zempoala is surrounded by lush foliage and rich agricultural land and was the principal city of the Totonac at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The name means “place of the 20 waters,” for the several creeks that converge near the site. Most buildings at Zempoala date from the 14th and 15th centuries but the area was populated at least 1,500 years earlier. On weekends and during vacation months, you’re likely to see a group of the famous voladores (flyers) from Papantla performing their acrobatic ritual.
Day 4: Catemaco
Today after breakfast enjoy a privately guided Tour of Catemaco – Los Tuxtlas. The region of the tuxtlas offers big attractions and a lot of magic. After visiting the 40 ton Olmec head in Santiago Tuxtla and a cigar factory and in Catemaco we board a boat for a ride on the lagoon, which once was a crater. Aside from its disappearing fauna and flora, Catemaco is best known in the region as the home of La Virgen del Carmen. This small statue attracts thousands of pilgrims annually seeking the Virgin’s miracles.
Macaque monkeys from Thailand, which university researcher left on an island in Laguna Catemaco in the 1970’s, have become Catemaco’s second most popular attraction.
Day 5: Xalapa
Today you will be picked up for a privately guided transfer from Veracruz to Xalapa and upon arrival enjoy a brief orientation tour of Xalapa. Xalapa is a highland city in the middle of Mexico’s prime coffee-growing area and the capital of the state of Veracruz. It is also a university town and has the best music school in the country, which is part of the University of Veracruz. Xalapa is also known for its symphony orchestra. Afternoon will be spent at leisure!
Day 6: Xalapa and Xico
Today enjoy a full city tour of Xalapa and visit the waterfalls of Xico. In Xalapa we will pay attention to the steep streets, paved alleys and buildings that show excellent examples of architectural styles that go from Gothic, neoclassical and Renaissance, French to the contemporary and modern.
Day 7: Xalapa
Today enjoy a privately guided tour of the anthropology museum demonstrating the three most important cultures and the impressive estate “El Lencero”. Starting with the museum, you will see excellent examples of the megalithic heads and other monumental sculptures made by the Olmec — better than those in Mexico City or at the museum in Villahermosa. The collection of Totonac pieces, from the highly stylized smiling faces to the unadorned, realistic sculptures of faces and heads, is the best anywhere. The museum is laid out in order from earliest to latest cultures, from the Olmec to the post-Classic civilizations of Veracruz. Following, you will head to El Lencero (occasionally called the Museo de Muebles (Furniture Museum)) which was the home of Antonio López de Santa Anna.Furniture from Mexico, Europe, and Asia fills the rooms, illustrating the cosmopolitan tastes of Mexico’s upper classes during the 19th century. Among the notable pieces is the leader’s bed, embellished with the national emblem (an eagle holding a serpent in its beak). The grounds are lovely and shaded by ancient trees. The grand house overlooks a spring-fed pond.
Day 8: Coatepec and Naolinco
Today you will start the day by touring Coatepec. Coatepec is distinguished for its coffee fields and greenhouses, aromatic liquors and excellent cuisine. Hip cafes and coffee roasters can be found on every corner, and the heavy smell of coffee permeates the town. After a ovely morning in Coatepec you will head to Naolinco, a picturesque town located in the mountain range of Chiconquiaco. Its colonial houses seem removed from a story or from a picture. Red roofs, colorful house make of Naolinco a place you always want to come back. The town itself offers to the visitor a unique experience. The balconies on the houses provide to the city a romantic accent. The 80 percent of their inhabitants live on the production leather products as, boots, belts, wallets, shoes, jackets other kind of products made of fine leather
Day 9: Departure
Today you will be privately transferred to the airport for your onward flights home
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
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