|State Capital in cool the highlands, the main City on the road to the coast from Mexico City. A vibrant gateway City to nearby river adventure in Jalcomulco or say both Xico and Nanolinco have been delighting visitors for centuries with their cuisine and waterfalls|
Orient yourself around Parque Juárez at the city center. The park's terraced gardens feature views of Mexico's highest peak, the 5,610 Pico de Orizaba as well as the adjacent, imposing Palacio del Gobierno (open 6am to 9pm)
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Jalapa fellow traveler tips
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east from Mexico City, less than five hours by first class bus.
You'll arrive at CAXA, the bus central station:
For information on cultural events, go to
the Agora, a cultural center beneath the Plaza Juárez (reached
by steps on the south side of the plaza).
MAPS & Weather
The city is 1,430m (4,690 ft.) above sea level. The climate is humid and cool for the most part. It can be warm from March to early May. The light chipi chipi rain comes and goes at any time of year. The rainy season is May through July and can bring strong downpoursXalapa 5-day weather
Xalapa Highway map by maps-of-mexico
AttractionsXalapla is a college town, home to the University of Veracruz and the state government Museo de Antropolgia is one of the best museums in Mexico and features 7 Olmec heads.
Parque Juarez is lovely terraced central square where you can often enjoy a free cultural program. A lower level reveal Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo, which includes an attractive cafe with a splendid view of the city.
There is also listening to classical music at the symphony concert or visiting galleries and museums. Or simply taking advantage of its temperate climate while enjoying its traditional cooking in the patio of one of its flavorful restaurants or coffees.
SPORTS & TOURS
Actopan is a charming town
"Cool, clean & civilized ...enjoys a lively artistic and
entertainment scene, a convivial cafe life and some good
University of Veracruz, www.uv.mx the largest after UNAM, the National University of Mexico. More than sixty thousand students study there, spread out in more than thirty branches. The University was decentralized in the sixties, but the administrative services and the Rectorate are still in Xalapa, in a university city which many a country could envy.
Museo de Antropolgia
Fantastic journey in a building which is also
a work of art. Her you will be able to see first hand the African
features on 7 of the 17 giant Olmec heads
in English too by uv.mx
Xalapa, situated in the foothills of Mexico’s eastern cordillera, dominated by the 18,700 ft. volcano Citlaltepetl. Its permanently snow-covered summit contrasts so starkly with the exuberant tropical vegetation that Spanish conquistadors believed they were seeing a mirage
the era before Cortés on, the traveler has rested here on the road to
the capital, no doubt fascinated by the beauty of the surrounding
countryside. A natural frontier between the
dry tropical zone and the humid temperate zone, the region is
dominated by Citlaltepetl, a volcano which rises to
more than 5700 metres and whose summit, permanently covered by snow,
contrasts so starkly with the exuberance of the tropical vegetation
that the Spanish conquistadors believed at first they were seeing a
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Hiking and Biking in the Xalapa
Doug Schwyn for
"start exploring from points on Xalapa's perimeter, wandering through the hills in any direction that appears inviting" ...Insects are not much of a problem here. The steep hilliness keeps swamps virtually nonexistent around Xalapa, although the occasional mosquito will be encountered... Cofre de Perote, Jalcomulco, Actopan, Xico and the Cascadas of Texolo are fantastic places from which to begin. Follow the river trails or strike out into the hills, take your pick! "
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