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Colorful houses in Tlacotalpan

Veracruz is a coastal state in Central Mexico. Veracruz has replaced Chiapas as the poorest state in Mexico, so expect lots of young European backpackers to soon "discover" it as Mexico's next hip destination.

RegionsEdit

Veracruz has traditionally been less of a tourist destination than Pacific parts of Mexico due to its hot, humid weather. Yet the area incorporates a range of climates, from the damp jungle areas in the northwest to the cooler, mountainous heights of Xalapa.

CitiesEdit

Map of Veracruz (state)

Other destinationsEdit

  • 1 El Tajín – historical UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The Emerald Coast (la costa esmeralda) – a long stretch of coast north of the city of Veracruz (puerto) that is well known for its fine beaches and beach camping. Offers something of a Baja experience on the Gulf coast of the country.

UnderstandEdit

Although the hot, humid summer weather can be unpleasant for many visitors, it creates a very lush, green landscape that can be beautiful along the southern half of the state.

TalkEdit

Spanish and some English.

Get inEdit

Xalapa is about a five-hour trip from Mexico City.

Get aroundEdit

By Bus, motorcycle, bike, horseback, or on foot

SeeEdit

Ruins, old colonial cities, and lush green mountains reminiscent of Costa Rica

DoEdit

The whitewater rafting around Xalapa is some of the best in north america.

EatEdit

Veracruz city is famous throughout Mexico for its seafood feasts. The Cuban/African influence is stronger here than on the Pacific coast and the plates bear some resemblance to Cuban dishes. Though not cheap, the seafood restaurants will likely be a highlight to any trip to Veracruz.

DrinkEdit

Good fresh fruit drinks are widely available.

Stay safeEdit

The City of Veracruz has a bit of violent crime, elsewhere its mostly just petty theft.

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