Northern Veracruz consists of four well defined areas: the
the Huayacoctla sierras, the Totanacapan area and the Emerald Coast.
northern corner is formed by the meeting of the Tempoal, Tamesi and Panuco
rivers on the northern border with the state of Tamaulipas where the large
City of Tampico holds court.
Papantla is the most well known town in northern Veracruz for visitors. Not only is it the gateway City to Veracruz's most spectacular archaeological site El Tajin, it is also the flower-filled, center of the Mexican vanilla industry and heart of Totonac culture. Every Sunday in front of the church overlooking the vibrant zocolo, the dance-spectacle of the Voladores de Papantla is performed here. Yet Papantla is one of the smaller Cities with a challenging hot, humid climate and mediocre restaurants.
This region is the homeland to two of the Americas most vibrant Indian cultures who have against great odds kept their language, traditions and culture alive and well. Their close proximity may be somewhat due to being pushed out of the richer agricultural lands in southern Veracruz where the mother culture of the Olmecs and other most powerful successors were centered. The Hustacs language is a derivative of the Mayan tongue while the Totenacs dialect is Náhuatl which the Aztecs and Toltecs spoke.Regions history begins 1500 years (B.C. before Christ). The Tuxpan Codex of 1499 is still proudly conserved
The fuzzy boundary between the Totonac and Huastec regions begins somewhere between Papantla and Poza Rica. Huastecs tend to blend more into the mestizo world and have much more mixed blood. There are over 100,000 speakers of Husateca in the multi-state region. The Huasteca is a beautiful subtropical region in the states of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, and Hidalgo.
The Huazteca culture is well known for its traditional music and wonderful cuisine. The town of Tamiahua, with its rich lagoon is the leading epicurean location. The Huapango, a Mestizo dance created in colonial times with African influence is the signature dance with a Nahuátl root meaning "to dance on boards"
The rivers Tantoán, Tamesí and Pánuco define the state of Tamautipas, and by the south, the Cazones river forms the limit with the Totonaca Region. To the east, the Huasteca disappears in the Gulf of Mexico, where is the extensive salt water lagoon of Tamiahua, separated of the sea by a coastal cord; and, in the part the west, it finishes in the Mountain range of Huayacocotla and the states of San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo and Puebla.
The states adjoining Northern Veracruz and the Pánuco river basin, San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Hidalgo are also vessels of Huastec culture. These people because of their wealth, were among the most important of conquered Aztec subjects. The Huastecs call themselves Teenek, which means "those who live in the fields with their language, their blood and share the idea".Totonacapan region; 230 km (140 miles on 180 highway) north of Veracruz 90 km from Tuxpan
Totonac sculptures are found in the zone between the rivers Cazones to
the north and Papaloapan to the south. Despite the tropical rain
forest's hot humid climate the city of Tajin realized
spectacular success and reached the peak of its granduer between 800
and 1150. The Totanacs of the Papantla regions have managed to
preserve many of their values as well as the philosophy of how they
perceive the world.
Totonac costumes were very different from those worn by people from the high plateau. According to him, high classes were the only allowed to wear cotton and the others wore clothes made of weaven henequen. Today the Totonac men dress characteristically in white muslim, with a long sleeved smock worn over loose pants gathered at the ankle. The women practice hand weaving and embroidery and there is hope that this practice will grow as a mutual benefit of the developing visitor industry.
Kayak Mexico invites you to join us for an unforgettable kayaking adventure vacation or instructional clinic or one-day sea kayaking excursion in Veracruz Mexico. Known as Mexico’s Costa Esmeralda or Emerald Coast, Veracruz is a region as rich in adventure as it is in natural beauty, culture and history. The rivers offer excellent whitewater opportunities for paddlers of every level of skill and comfort.
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"limited at the north by the Tecolutla river and Tecolutla beach and to the south by Nautla beach where the Bobos river flows into the Gulf of Mexico., “Cienegas del Fuerte” is the ecotouristic park starring the Solteros river with a surface of 2 thousand hectaresfamous with waterfalls and rapids that goes by the name of “Riachuelos”.
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|(goo-tee-E-res sah-MO-rah), town (1990 pop. 13,662), Veracruz state,
E Mexico, on Tecolutla R., 5 mi/8 km from its mouth on the Gulf, and 15
mi/24 km E of Papantla de Olarte. Tobacco-growing center.
Nautla is located on the banks of the
Nautla River and is known for its beautiful beaches aquatic sports and
easy 180 highway access. Six kilometers farther on 180 is Casitas,
a coastal town known for delicious seafood.
Pánuco, built on the right bank of the Pánuco river is one of the oldest towns in the hemisphere, some believe it may be 3000 years old. Tradition states this this is where the ancient Toltecs crossed the river on their way to the highland plateau. Cortez conquered Pánuco in 1522 and it remained the center for for Huasteca commerce in Veracruz.
Far north The fertile Huasteca (wass-TEK-a) region in inland until it meets the fringes of the Sierra Madre Oriental where several winding routes connect to Mexico City. From Tuxpan take the Tampico highway traveling through Tempoal till you reach Pánuco (222 km)
AttractionsWhile there, be sure to visit the Cultural Center
La Casa de la Cultura,
Esq. Melchor Ocampo y Lorenzo Barcelata,
Raul Pazzi Sequera, Director,
Tel: 126 Ð 61441
|Papantla pop: 165,000 alt: 290 meters; 224km (140 miles) north of Veracruz.|
Papantla by frommers.com
"One of the major products of Papantla, since the time of the Aztec, is vanilla beans. Vanilla is native to Mexico and was used principally to flavor chocolate made from cacao, also indigenous to Mexico"Papantla (English)
Corpus christi and the xanath festival
By Bus -- ADO station (tel. 784/842-0218) is at the corner of Venustiano Carranza and Benito Juárez, 4 blocks below the main square. Almost all buses are de paso (originating elsewhere), so departure times can be a little earlier or later than the schedule says.
By Car - From Veracruz, Take Highway 180 North along the coast to Papantla. From Mexico City, head northeast on Toll Highway 132 towards Tuxpan. At Poza Rica, bear south towards Papantla.Attractions
Vanilla plantations The best time to visit is during the hand-pollination season, from mid-April through early May, Rain said, when you might see delicate yellow-green orchids on twining green vines. As the orchids fade, slender green vanilla beans form. Another good period is mid-December, when vanilla beans are harvested. Hotel staff in Papantla can arrange visits to the plantations
El TAJÍN is located 7 miles (13 km) west from Papantla city& represents the apogee of Totonac civilization. built between 600 & 900 A.D. & abandoned about 1150. It has an area of 370.5 acres and we can find approximately 200 buildings, which were dedicated to temples, altars, palaces and homes for the upper classes. There are 17 Ball Courts The most impressive structure, in the old section, is the Pyramid of the Niches, which is a unique stone-and-adobe pyramid with 365 recesses ( the number of days in the solar year) extending to all four sides of the building.
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Weather & Maps
JUNE Corpus Christi festival: Hillside town in the
Sierra Madre overflows with visitors and is the major celebration of Totonac
culture. The Feast of Corpus
Christi, is part of a very special week in Papantla. This is their
Carnaval with a parade and famous Mexican entertainers performing on
stages. The native voladores will be making special performances.
carnaval, 5 days before Ash Wednesday mailnly Sunday of ash, and
The Five Lost Days
SUNDAYS: The Totonac people still perform the
ancient sun dance of the voladores. Every Sunday in the church square
just above the Papantla zocolo the ropes will slowly unwind as the
Voladores, the sacred fliers, slowly fall sending their prayers to the
sun. Dressed with eagle feather, the voladores are the
people's emissaries to the gods.
|Poza Rica Northern region|
At intersection of coastal highway 180 & Mexico City
route of 130. Largest city in the area although it does not get much
attention from visitors
Wunderground.com - Weather
car rentals in Tampico.
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Tecolutla, the land of owls,
a series of small lakes that have made Tecolutla an attractive place for
tourists as well as birds.
Tecolutla at risk by mexicodesconocido.com.mx
zacahuil it is a huge tamale baked with crushed corn, pork meat, lard, salt,
In 1958, Tihuatlan was named by the word "Teo Tzihuatl" which means “Place of the Divine Woman.” This is a town into its mysticism.
Tlapacoyan's main industry is fruit but hopes to catch on with visitors.
Tuxpan is a fishing town & minor oil port at mouth of Rio Tuxpan 310 km north of Veracruz city & 190 km south of Tampico.The 3,000 year old Huastec region with archeological sites Tamuin and Castillo de Teayo. North of the Tuxpan River is and stretching to the state border at the mouth of the Panuco River is a saltwater lagoon, Lake Tamiahua which supports much shellfish life and very high quality crab and shrimp ("sweet, succulent, and utterly fresh")
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