Travel to Veracruz, Mexico's Best Kept Secret

Thoughts and Tips about Travel in the State of Veracruz
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Beautiful churches are all around Veracruz.


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Yanga is a small town outside Cordova. It's the site of the first free colony in the Americas for those Africans enslaved and brought to the New World. Yanga was the leader of a slave rebellion in Veracruz. Reports are he was a tribal prince in Africa. After years of fighting with the Spanish Army, peace was negotiated. This week the annual festival in Yanga begins   BACK to HOME

 

In the port city of Veracruz itself, and in a number of spots close-by, there are ice cream shops where staff yells, "Guero, Guero, Guera, Guera" at all who pass by. It's a tradition that the locals love. What they're yelling is akin to Blondie, Blondie, but they yell it in both the masculine and feminine forms. It helps sell a lot of their delicious mix which more resembles sherbert than true ice cream.   BACK to HOME

 

A fun run out on the ocean is to pay for a ride in a commercial fishing launch. These are usually 27 ft long open boats with 80 HP motors. The cost is commonly thirty dollars an hour. In the City of Veracruz, you can get a ride out to a couple of the coral reef structures. You'll have time to snorkel, but you'll need your own gear.   BACK to HOME

 

Camping the east coast of Mexico is becoming more and more popular. It a great way to get right into the culture and right next to great environmental areas and archaeological ruins. The City of Veracruz has a large RV park in the mill (being government no telling how long the mill will grind on this one), and it sounds like they're doing a super job. In greater Veracruz, there's a well established RV park right on the ocean’s edge. It's down below the world famous, and deservedly so, Hotel Mocambo.   BACK to HOME

 
Coming into the City of Veracruz from Cordoba, right before you leave the autopista, you'll pass a Cabeza Olmeca. It's a giant carved head sculpted long ago by the Olmecs. This one might be a replica (it's more fun not to know for sure), but replica or real, it's truly impressive.    BACK to HOME
 
If you're heading for the Las Tuxtlas region, you might want to hop off the bus in Alvarado for a couple of hours. It's an active small city once dominated by commercial fishing. Walking its downtown is high energy fun and excitement. You'll also want to take a look at the waterfront. Out of commission, large trawlers are pulled up to the broad sidewalk.    BACK to HOME
 
Whitewater rafting in Jalcomulco is especially fun. The river isn't dangerous, but it's full of exciting action. To get to Jalcamulco from the City of Veracruz you can catch the direct AU bus. It leaves the bus station, or AU as the locals say, at 8:40 in the morning. It takes you right to the main square. Jalcomulco is a small town, and it's only a few minute walk to almost every rafting-providers headquarters.    BACK to HOME
 
With just a little bit of Spanish you can travel the State of Veracruz easily and safely by bus. To go to Villa Rica (it's on the Papantla Loop), you'll get off at Viejon. It's a wide spot in the road, and it's where the local taxis have their base. Usually a taxi is available, but it you have to wait a little, there's a palapa (a thatch covered kiosk) you can sit under. It's only a few dollars to have a taxi take you from Viejon to Villa Rica Beach.    BACK to HOME
 
Just off the coast at the City of Veracruz is the Veracruz Coral Reef Sytem. The system composed of 15 major reef structures. Sacrifice Island (Isla Sacrificos) and Green Island (Isla Verde) are reef-top islands close to land. Scuba and snorkel of the reef system is incredibly beautiful.