This is Sovento, the tropical
heartland region which shares the same nickname for its people with the
Port of Veracruz, jarocho. There is a rich legacy in the term "jarocho"
which refers to a culture rooted in Spanish, African and indigenous
Mexican contributions and expresses itself robustly in local music, dance,
costume, poetry and cuisine. The romance of Veracruz, the tropical seaside
soul of a resonant regional history is all caught up in this term jarocho.
The lush humid plain of Papaloapan is waiting to be discovered by visitors who appreciate the glory of fresh seafood, the poetry of architecture and the exuberant feeling of loving life in the moment.
Alvarado is just 70 km south of Veracruz and set spectacularly on a narrow strip between the mainland and sea. You can head inland here for Oaxaca here and shortly come to the pretty river town of TLACOTALPAN
|Alvarado pop: 60,000||
celebration takes place here immediately after Veracruz
Carnaval finishes including float parades
Tlacotalpan-Alvarado foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated to English by google
|The road to Otatilán has a marked tropical
flavor as you travel up the river through plantations of sugar cane, mango
and banana plantations. Driving through Carillo you will need to
cross to the West Bank and then continue 80 kilometers to the small City.
FESTIVALS The annual Saints day lasts several days and is a loud Carnaval like affair of good humor.
The Pearl of the Papaloapan,
the Sotavento region, is celebrated for its
many colorfully painted houses
(emerald and lime green, pale pink, rosa mexicana, lavender, purple,
violet, blue, turquoise, yellow and melon) with tiled roofs and ornate front arcades. It
is on the left bank of the Papaloapan River, where the San Juan Michapan
tributary enters widening the river to over 300 meters. Its glory days as
a leading gulf port have long passed allowing the town to retain a magical
mist of a place floating through time.
UNESCO declares Tlacotalpan "Humanity’s Cultural Patrimony"
Salvador Ferrando Jarocho Museum
FEB the “Candelaria” The feast day of the Candlemas Virgin is celebrated on February 2 and begins 3 days before on Jan 29th. This religious image was brought to Tlacotalpan in the XVII century by Andalusian sailors. La Candelaria celebration features the Running of the Bulls in honor of the Virgin of Canelaria. The Virgin's image also leads a large flotilla of small boats down the river in another remarkable part of the celebrations.
LA CANDELARIA IN TLACOTALPAN by Janice Caruthers at MexConnect For most of these two weeks the Feria (fair) is made up of a carnival, bailes tropicales (salsa dances), and a very large tianguis (temporary market). Then – in stark contrast to its normal tranquility - on January 31st through February 2nd the town explodes into a religious and secular frenzy, its streets stuffed with true believers and joyful revelers
Oaxaca is seen as the artistic centre of Mexico and you will find colorful fantasy animals everywhere.
Oaxaca was largely left alone by the Spanish since it possesed little mineral wealth and difficult farming. The church was persistent but not particularly successful either. The city's most famous son, Benito Juárez , the founding father of Mexico is commemorated everywhere in Oaxaca unlike the other President the second most famous Oaxaqueño, Porfirio Díaz , whose eventual dictatorship is preferred forgotten.
Guelaguetza or Lunes del Cerro ("Monday on the Mountain") on 3rd & 4th Mondays in July at the Cerro de Fortin an open air arena in Oazaca City. Music & dance by 7 pre-Columbian indigenous villages in honor of the earth goddess