Central Veracruz
Central Veracruz


Day Trip Destinations from Veracruz City & Xalapa

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Antigua 30 km north of Veracruz
La Antigua is a small village on the Rio La Antigua (River of the Hummingbird) . The ruins of the  22-room house used by Hernan Cortes is still standing as is  a huge, healthy Ceiba tree used by Cortes’ men to tie up their boats.

The first church in continental America, "The Chapel of the Rosary" was built here in 1523.

The Route of Cortes by adventureguide.com's Doreen Kerby  
"Las Delicias Marinas Restaurant serves shrimp cocktail, fresh tortillas, rice and Veracruzana fish (red snapper cooked in tomato sauce) followed by a tray of sweets, baked custard and coffee for 40 pesos ($7.00 CD). Young local couples, in traditional white costumes, entertain with exuberant, folk dancing. What a treat!"


Cempoala ("Sem-pwal-ahh")
Only 84 kilometers from Xalapa on the coast highlway. Visitors capital City should take highway 140 to Cardel then 180 to Cempoala. Highlights include the Main Temple and the Temple of Chimneys Cempola was the first important place where the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés confronted the Totonac Indians led by the famous “fat cacique” as he was known because of his large size. The conquistadors became very excited when first seeing the city of 30,000 because they thought the seashell plaster coating the building was silver.

 Getting there, take a bus from either Xalapa or Veracruz to the town of Cardel. Then ask for the bus which takes you to the ruins of Cempoala. It takes about 20 minutes from Cardel, and the bus drops you 100 metres from the entrance to the archaeological zone.

There is a restaurant right at the entrance to the site that Paul says was "very nice."

Onward to Quihuiztlan archeological site bootsnall.com
"Both Quiahuiztlan and La Villa Rica de la Veracruz are close to Veracruz. Take the Federal Highway #180 north (follow the Cardel-Nautla signs). About five miles or so past the Zempoala - the locals refer to it as Cempoala (say it like "Sem-pwal-ahh) - archeological site you will see what looks like a tall cliff to your left (it is tall enough that you won't miss it) with what appear to be a multitude of "scratches" on the cliff face."

foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated to English by google

Xalapa-Coatepec-Antigua-Cempoala foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated to English by google


Chachalacas is 14 km. from Cempoala with an attractive beach, shady groves and good restaurants which all together support over 200 3 star hotel rooms and a growing kayaking center


Places To STAY    
Chachalacas Hotels by zonaturistica
Domicilio Conocido Playa Chachalacas
Chachalacas, Veracruz.
96 habitaciones
(296) 962-5236
Domicilio Conocido Chachalacas, Veracruz.
24 bungalows
(296) 962-5698
Cisne No. 7 Chachalacas, Veracruz.
14 bungalows
(296) 962-5419
Domicilio Conocido
Chachalacas, Veracruz.
16 habitaciones
(296) 962-5465
Carlos Sáinz González s/n
Chachalacas, Veracruz.
24 habitaciones
(296) 962-5524
Aguila Azul s/n
Chachalacas, Veracruz.
31 habitaciones
(296) 962-5048
Av. Las Gaviotas s/n
Chachalacas, Veracruz
12 habitaciones
(296) 962-5071














Dec 12 Virgin of Guadelupe
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There is a small round enclosure in which there is a curious acoustic effect (like in the dome of St. Paul's, London). If you stand in the centre and speak, your voice is echoed back to you from all sides simultaneously.
Cempola by Paul at



Coatepec, in the heart of Mexico's most lucrative coffee-growing region has a distinguished 19th-century feel. Famous for its coffee, greenhouses (which contain several kinds of orchids), aromatic liquors and excellent cuisine. This is the big center for local coffee growing but best beans are exported.  Hip cafes and coffee roasters can be found on every corner, and the heavy smell of coffee permeates the town.


  • Maria Cristina orchid garden on the main square.
  • Clavijero Botanical Gardens These 76 hectares gardens were inaugurated in 1975 and are the headquarters of the Ecology Institute.  On the old highway between Xalapa and Coatepec, Km 2.5, Monday through Sunday 9:00 to 17:00 hours
Places To STAY    
Coatepec Hotels by zonaturistica
Posada Coatepec
Hidalgo No. 9
Corner of Almada Coatepec, Veracruz 
  Phone: (28) 16-0670, 16-0544, 16-0040, 16-0520
Rate: Sgl/Dbl $950.00 pesos tax inc.
Junior Suite $1,450.00 pesos tax inC.
Places to Eat

 "Casa Bonilla restaurant, the home of what may be Veracruz's best tapaditas (small fried masa cakes  around a filling" Zarela
Stuffed jalapeños
or chiles xalapeños rellenos are a highland specialty. 


San Jeronimo Saints Day (30SEP) a very solemn procession in which the faithful carry floral offerings, typical dances of the region are executed

Coatepec Fair by tierraricaplanet.com
"Long rows of small stalls or tianquis offering local produce and specialty foods, fruit liqueurs, honey, herbs and medicinal plants, coffee, a wide and tasty variety of food stalls, a tequila garden and a band stage."


Jalcomulco is Mexico's #1 rafting destination.
More than 40 rivers traverse the rugged
Download topography of Veracruz and many are excellent for white water kayaking and rafting. Two of the most well known rivers are the Rio Filobobos and Rio Actopan. Several archeological ruins can be visited from the banks of the Rio Filobobos.

The difficulty of the Filibobos, Pescados, and Antigua rivers will accommodate rafters of the different levels from beginners to advanced.
The Rio Antigua from Puente Pescados to Jalcomulco is one of the classic whitewater runs in North America. The total attention needed makes  it is easy to overlook  the impressive scenery of the river canyon:  vertical walls festooned with bromeliads interspersed with lush forested slopes

"For shear excitement the Rio Actopan is hard to beat. More a creek than a river, the crystal clear water of the Rio Actopan runs narrow and swift through a combination of mango plantations and semitropical forests. From the river source of Descabezadero where springs gush out of a fern covered natural limestone amphitheatre to the take out, 20 km downstream, the river offers almost non-stop Class II and III whitewater. The rapids are perfect for first timers as well as technical and challenging enough for experienced river runners to enjoy. This is a great trip if you just have one day in the area." Rafting in Veracruz


 http://www.jalcomulco.gob.mx official site


Highlights: rafting the Filo-Bobos (steady Class III with Class IV Aug-Nov);    raft the Rio Antigua (class III-IV); warm water in winter.
 Swing through 100 year old mango tree tour in a harness;
 explore the recently discovered Totonaca-Huasteca site of El Cuajilote, a fertility ceremonial site;
the hidden waterfall El Salto del Encanto;

Places To STAY As of 2001 the City site reported 120 rooms in 11 locations
Jalcomulco Hotels by zonaturistica
Picocanoa Adventure Lodge 
Domicilio Conocido, Jalcomulco, Veracruz
  24 Cabañas out in the jungle next to the Rio Antigua River rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking or a  tree-top tour. After a full day of fun, relax with swim in the lodge pool, a traditional temascal  steam bath or massage before dining alongside the river
tel. (011 52 228) 520-2041 540-7870 520-5018
Independencia esq. 5 de Mayo, Jalcomulco, Veracruz
15 Habitaciones y 1 Suite tel. (011 52 228) 575-9428 559-3184
WEATHER The biggest whitewater for rafting in Veracruz is in October, but you can raft all year round!



Adventure Companies
Zaragoza No. 54
Tel: 01-279-832-35-80
Experience whitewater
rafting (rio Pescados, rio Antigua, rio Actopan), rappel, trekking, paintball, and horse rides in beautiful Jalcomulco, Veracruz. We are the only company owned and operated by Jalcomulco natives -- come visit us! Only 40 minutes from Xalapa.

base camp, whose 8 rooms can accommodate up to 30 people, each of which can be arranged with either 2 single or 1 double beds or 2 bunk beds according to your needs

Centro de Kayak K360° .kayak360mexico.com Cursos, clínicas, expediciones a diferentes ríos del país, fotos y localización.

What to bring.

  • Change of clothing for 3 days
  • Towel
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • bathing suit or shorts
  • change of clothing
  • towel
  • t-shirt
  • sunscreen (block)
  • insect repellent
  • tennis shoes preferably with laces, which you can get wet


Naolinco is a beautiful and small town located in the mountain range of Chiconquiaco. It was a Totonac settlement. The shoe manufacturing industry (of excellent quality) continues to be an important activity of distinction.

GETTING THERE FROM XALAPA, (32 km) Take the Perote highway until Banderilla where you head towards Misantla. The spectacular mountainous terrain is punctuated by abrupt cliffs and deep depressions. A public bus is your best bet but taxis are an option.

 Locals will tell you the secret behind their famous food is based in old recipes carefully kept by ancestors and now jealously guarded. Among the specialties you will find are mole, chiles rellenos, tamales. The town is also well known as a confectionery that offers jamoncillos made from milk and fruits and presented in many interesting shapes.


  • "standing rivers" or waterfalls highlight dramatic sweeping view
  • shoe (zapata) shopping for your handcrafted pair(s)
  • Gathering on the psilocybe muliercula mushroom found near Naolinco http://www.stainblue.com/wassonii.html
  • Birding "Around 236 migratory bird species use Veracruz to nest or travel through towards their wintering grounds. There are 12 endemic or geographic restricted bird species, four bird species registered in the red data book, and 34% of the Mexican bird species considered as endangered. You can see, in the ravine of Naolinco, the northeast population of the Mexican Sheartail Hummingbird (this population is considered to be endangered, and some researchers say that it population represents a different species to that of Yucatan)" fatbirder.com
  • Candy sample: Honeybee center producing all manner of clever sweets
  • Perote the nearby wheat growing capital famous for its breads and sausages

Places To STAY

Naolinco Hotels by zonaturistica


Saint Mathew the Apostle on September 21

Day of the Dead and All Souls Day Nov 1st & 2nd

Mole first appears in Puebla in March 1681 elaborated by the nuns of Santa Rosa, specifically Sister Andrea. They are said to have dedicated that famous dish to bishop Don Manuel Fernandez de Santa Cruz y Sahagun, thanking him for building their own convent. Among the mentioned ingredients in its first preparation are: chilies mulato, ancho, pasilla and a little bit of chipotle; lard, chocolate, almonds and peanuts; green tomatoes, red tomatoes, garlic and onions; white bread, tortilla, raisins, chili and pumpkin seeds; pepper, clove, cinnamon, anise, cumin and sesame seeds. All mixed make a sauce used for the Mexican huexolotl (turkey).

The 180 coastal highway heading  North from Veracruz City offers not only a splendid sea view but also many turnoffs leading to the surf and beachside restaurants. About 80 kilometers to the north of the modern-day city of Veracruz, in front of the Totonac community of Quiahuiztlán is an important archeological site.
The history of the name Veracruz dates back to April 22, 1519, when Spanish captain Hernán Cortés landed at the beach of Chalchihuecan. It was Good Friday, which was also known as the day of the Vera Cruz, which means True Cross.
Hernán Cortés decided to found a settlement on this spot, and with the Totonacs he made his first alliance and first Town Council in Mexico. The settlement was called Villa Rica de la Vera Cruz, in honor of the day of his landing.
The main characteristic of the ruins are the number of tombs. There are also the remains of a ball court and two pyramids

Quihuiztlan archeological site bootsnall.com


12.5 miles (20 km from) Xalapa is Xico, a charming place surrounded by fertile land, right next to the Cofre de Perote. it is a combination between natural landscapes and ancient city. The beautiful parochial church with lovely surrounding grounds is located at  the end or beginning of the main street which is a wonderful stroll. The colonial town atmosphere is an excellent format to present you with Xico's famous foods, bread and cookies  Mole Xiqueño, Xonequi and liquor made of fruits.

XICO, a village of enchantment. Fiesta of the Virgin Magdalena
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/travel/rdudley/rdxico.html fotos
 by travel writer Roy Dudley

Xico by xalapa.net English & Espanol

Xico fellow traveler tips by virtualtourist.com ||

Getting There Xico: Go to the park at Los Sauces, located where Allende, Venustiano Carranza and Bolivia meet. Take the bus which says Xico on it

Xico is famous for its mole and the quant town features many restaurants who will tell you their mole is the best.

Try thel mora and torito, alcoholic drinks made with blackberry and peanuts.


El Acamalín - Hidalgo#162 Tel. 13-04-01  delicious homemade dishes like xonequi and chiles en nogada. This place is a must!

El Mesón Xiqueño - Hidalgo #152 
a lovely invernadero (greenhouse) in it's patio with squawking guacamayas and parrots.

El Paraje Coyopolan - 2 blocks off the main street and on a lovely stream,  There are also 14 rooms available in the family hotel next door

For the hungry souls or those with a fancy for Mexican food, then try the tasty "Restaurante Mirador." Their comida corrida is inexpensive and good  virtualtourist.com

Texolo waterfall
and pool is a wonderful spot for a swim and pleasant 1.8 miles (3 km) walk from town through coffee & banana fields. Surrounded by the mountain’s vegetation that offers a wonderful spectacle. Scenes from the movie "Romancing the Stone" were shot here

Texolo Waterfall by Museum of Science, Museum of Anthropology

Xico's Texolo Waterfalls by Darthmilo at virtualtourist

Places To STAY  
Hotel Coyopolan
Prolongacion de Venustiano Carranza
  A good value and a good place to relax is this hotel that is located in front a beautiful running brook.(Reservation telephone number in Xalapa is 28? 12002


July: Week long Mary Magdalene celebration , Xixo's patron saint is held in July. Bulls run through streets on one day. Incredible colored sawdust designs for six blocks leading to the church which will be wiped out by the saint's procession

Zarela speaks

"The mole of Xico is the fruitest of the great Mexican moles, almost like a super-rich mixed-fruit jam." Zarela.com 

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Mary Magdalene celebration

"What I expect to see at a fiesta is an explosive release of pressure__ a delirious, almost shocking contract to the highly structured everyday world of Mexico, where even simple shop transactions call for displays of formal respect. but from my first glimpse of Xico's preparations for the week-long celebration, I beheld a combination of joint purpose and grace, a whole community coming together to choreograph something joyous but ordered.