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Things to do in Veracruz

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From Veracruz: Nature & Seafood Boat Tour to Madinga

1. From Veracruz: Nature & Seafood Boat Tour to Madinga

Start the tour 3:00 PM, with a convenient pick-up from Aquarium Square in Veracruz. Travel for 25 minutes to the village of Madinga, known for its variety of good restaurants. Here you can enjoy a tasty seafood lunch as you admire the beautiful landscape and lagoon surrounding you. Listen to a variety of live music matched with veracruzano folklore. After this, take a boat ride and learn about the diversity of the flora and fauna predominant around the village. Cross the small lagoon to the big lagoon and appreciate the enchanting sunset from amongst the mangroves. Pass by small islands and birds lodges that are unique to the place. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at Aquarium Square at 6:30 PM.

From Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Prison Tour

2. From Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Prison Tour

Start the tour at 12:00 PM and set off for the fortress. When you arrive, begin the experience in a colorful tram ride, which will take you to San Juan de Ulúa. Upon arrival, a certified tour guide will be waiting for you to share the incredible facts of this fortress. From the first step you make in the fortress, you will feel as if you travel through time, as you begin to explore this incredible building which hides more than 500 years of history. Find out how, at first, the place was a sacred temple where the natives venerated their gods prior to the Spanish conquest. Years later, the Spanish conquistadors built the fort and a pier, galleons that came from Europe, becoming a gateway to Mexico. Later, it became the most feared prison in Mexico, where the legends of Chucho "El Roto" and "Mulata de Córdoba" were created. Before the tour ends, see the port of Veracruz from the San Juan de Ulúa fortress and take incredible photos, so that you can take great memories of this historic place home with you. Take the tram back at around 2:30 PM. The tour ends at 3:00 PM in Aquarium Plaza.

From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

3. From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to Xalapa for 1.5-hours. When you arrive, gain an introduction to the city known as a 'pueblos mágicos', and learn everything you wanted to know about the famous local coffee known as 'veracruzano'. Find out why the city was named 'The Flowers City' due to its gardens and fog, and is also known as 'Atenas Veracruzana' due to its culture and history. Then, visit the Anthropological Museum of Xalapa which contains the 2nd most important prehispanic Mesoamérica collections in the world including Olmeca, Totonaca, and Huasteca objects. Next, visit the villages of Xico and Coatepec, which have also both been appointed as 'pueblos mágicos' as part of a Federal program that recognizes cultural, gastronomic, and artistic traditions. Find out how Xico is known for its fiestas patronales, traditions, and delicious local dishes such as 'mole'. Also visit the famous Cascada de Texolo, surrounded by growth. Finally, discover why Coatepec is famous for its world-famous coffee on a visit to the coffee museum. Learn about the process of making coffee from bean to cup, as well as gaining an understanding for the traditions and culture that surrounds drinking it. At the end of the tour, return to Veracruz where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

4. From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

Start the tour with pick up at your hotel at 8 AM and travel for 3.5 hours to the archaeological zone. Arrive at the most important ceremonial center of the Totonaca peoples, the archaeological area of El Tajín which combines history, knowledge, and beauty in one setting. Next, admire the pre-colonial buildings in the middle of the jungle including a palace, temple, and soccer fields. Marvel at the amazing pyramid of Los Nichos which is considered to be an agricultural, civic, and sun calendar, due to its 7 levels and 365 niches. After this, continue the tour to Papantla, also known as Pueblo Mágico, located a few kilometers away in Totonacapan. This place is where vanilla originates from and where local men performed fertility rituals. Learn about how the precolonial and Spanish melting pot of cultures led to the mixing of folklore and taste; a heritage that still lives on in the region. Explore the historical center of Papantla and take in panoramic views of Papantla from the observation deck. Return to Veracruz at 6 PM where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

5. Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore the most important pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican city on the north coast of Veracruz. Walk past El Tajín's temples and slopes and see its 17 ball courts – the highest number among Mexican archeological sites. Stop and read about this diverse civilization that reached its peak between 800 and 1150 AD.The influence of this city spread to the basins of the Cazones and Tecolutla Rivers as well as from the Yohualichan archaeological zone to the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. Admire the intricate decorations with niches, reliefs, and mural paintings that El Tajín is known for and visit the so-called Pyramid of the Niches, named for its facades that were decorated with 365 niches. Information points along the way provide historical context for the sites that you see.

Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

6. Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

This package is ideal to visit the places you should not miss in Veracruz. We start with a tour of the Veracruz Aquarium, where you can admire the representative fauna of the state. At noon, we will visit the fortress of San Juan de Ulúa, which was built by orders of Hernán Cortés, as it protected Veracruz from pirate and corsair attacks of the time. A guide will tell you all about the history and legends of the oldest prison in Mexico. At the end of this visit, we will transfer to Mandinga, where we will enjoy a boat ride through the mangrove area and also have time to eat delicious freshly cooked seafood in Mandinga's restaurants. To finish the tour, we will tour the historic center of Veracruz aboard a traditional streetcar, from where we will be able to observe the most important and beautiful places of the city.

From Veracruz or Boca del Río: Rafting in Jalcomulco

7. From Veracruz or Boca del Río: Rafting in Jalcomulco

Enjoy an unforgettable experience on a rafting trip down the Pescados River surrounded by the spectacular Mexican countryside. Jalcomulco, surrounded by mountains and greenery, is the ideal place for rafting beginners. The Pescados River allows you to descend with calm but adrenaline-filled waters. Hop on an air-conditioned vehicle for a comfortable drive from your hotel to Jalcomulco. Admire panoramic views of natural landscapes on the way. Be greeted by hospitable staff upon your arrival at the campsite. This picturesque pre-Hispanic town is founded on the margins of the Pescados River. Feast on delicious dishes in a buffet spread that will give you a taste of the local flavors. After a safety demonstration and introduction to rafting from experts, embark on your adventure into the waters of the Actopan and Pescados rivers. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you descend the whitewater rapids. Paddle through challenging landscapes and marvel at the lush green surroundings. This activity is ideal for everyone since a group of professional instructors will provide training and accompany you on your journey. Your tour concludes with a return to your hotel in Veracruz or Boca del Río.

Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Fortress Skip-the-Line Ticket

8. Veracruz: San Juan de Ulua Fortress Skip-the-Line Ticket

Make the most of your time in Veracruz with an insightful visit to one of the most important historical monuments in the city. Explore the San Juan de Ulua Fortress with a skip-the-line ticket, tour its mysterious tunnels, and learn about its remarkable history and impact. Built on an islet to defend the port from pirate attacks, step into a mystical site overlooking the Veracruz ocean. Enjoy panoramic views from the top and get lost in its dark hallways as you travel back in time through its many phases, including the many years it served as a prison. Take in the striking Italian-style architecture of this 16th-century site. In addition to exploring the facilities, you can also browse through a collection of archaeological pieces gathered from the Gulf of Mexico region.

Veracruz: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

9. Veracruz: Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Bus Tour

Explore Veracruz by boarding a convenient hop-on-hop-off bus tour and discover the city's most popular attractions. Listen to the included audio guide as you cruise past the Plaza Las Américas, the Aquarium, and much more. Start your tour at the Arts and Crafts Market and board one of the spacious double-decker buses to see the city. Stay on the bus for the full circuit, which takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete, or hop on and off at any of the official stops along the way. Enjoy 5 hours of unlimited travel along the Boca del Río circuit and visit important attractions like the lively harborside district of Malecón Veracruz Puerto, or the Veracruz Cathedral located in the historic center of the city. Take advantage of the onboard audio guide and learn about the city's customs and traditions, its music, cuisine, and much more. An audio guide designed especially for children will help keep your little ones entertained as well. Boca del Rio circuit stops:1.      Seafront2.      Zócalo and City Hall3.      The Bastion of Santiago4.      Aquarium Plaza Wax Museum and Ripley’s North5.      Agustín Lara House Museum6.      Las Américas Shopping Center7.      Vela Shopping Center8.      Aquarium Plaza Wax Museum and Ripley’s South

Veracruz: Juan De Ulúa, Boca del Rio, Naval Museum & More

10. Veracruz: Juan De Ulúa, Boca del Rio, Naval Museum & More

Visit San Juan de Ulúa one of the most ancient fortresses of America, this place is connected to the biggest events in our Country during the colonial period since independence, reform and revolution. It also served several functions throughout its 400 years of existence. In first place, it was used like grain warehouse, after as a fortress , prison and finally like presidential residence. Then we will visit the Port of Veracruz and Boca del Río with a panoramic visit of the City that will show you the interest places like the Martitime Custom Building, the Telegraph Building, the Train Station, the Historic Center, the Malecon and the Baluarte de Santiago. Apart from the City of Boca del Río with its hotel infrastructure contrast with its picturesque fishing village, there are beautiful places such as the Zócalo, the Church of Our Lady of Santa Ana of the XVII century and the City Hall. Then, take a trip to the Naval Museum. Learn the history of the Mexican Navy from its beginnings to the present in an an interactive way. After that, the tour ends at the impressive Veracruz Aquarium, the largest and most important in Latin America.

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What people are saying about Veracruz

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4.3 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Good knowledge of history of Veracruz - good english - easy to understand. Good driver - felt safe.

With prepaid ticket quick entry without any fuss. The operator provided the e-ticket efficiently.

Rafael was great...great knowledge of Mexican history, culture, politics, economy etc...

Excellent trip highly recommended very friendly guide