Cofre de Perote the 4274-metre high volcano, and Pico de Orizaba which is
Mexico's highest peak at 5611 metres are the source of many rivers. You
can hike both these peaks, along trails that wind through tropical jungle
and up to alpine scenery.
|Cordoba pop: 150,000 alt: 924 meters IN THE south-central highlands|
'CORR-do-ba' 125 km from Veracruz 200 km from Xalapa
The principal buildings (architecturally and historically speaking) are
found in the heart of the city.
On August 24, 1821 the historic treaty that ceded independence to New Spain and led to a free Mexico 3 years later was signed here.
Founded in 1618 to stop black slaves attacking travelers between Mexico city and Coast is known as “The City of the 30 Knights”.
Plaza de Armas or town square is regularly used by all generations to dance their danzón accompanied by sound systems. Everything of interest is near this Zocolo. The town nickname is "little rainy one" for frequent rains which provide hydropower and rich crop harvests.
Also on the zocolo is the City Hall, which is constructed in the style of Toscano-Florentino; the Parochial Church of the Immaculate Conception where, besides the splendid altar it contains many precious sculptures and paintings;
FOOD Cevallo’s Portal, dated from the XVII century: a place where the people meet to drink an excellent cup of coffee or one “Mini-Julep”, drink prepared with wine and mint.
LEGEND The Mulatto Woman of Cordoba
|FORTIN DE LAS FLORES|
DE LAS FLORES: 6 km from Cordoba is famous for the tropical
flowers grown by virtue of the propitious weather and greenhouses and
|Huatusco south-central highlands|
Huatusco is an Italian agricultural outpost in the late 19th century. You can still find minestra soup, Italian bread and a local version of mortadella
bosquedeniebla.com.mx Las Cañadas
- Bosque de Niebla
|Orizaba pop: 175,000 alt: 1219 meters South Central highlands|
miles (151 km) from Veracruz, established in the XVI century.
many years travelers from Veracruz City considered a visit to Orizaba
obligatory. Its greatest colonial boom began in 1764 when a monopoly on
the cultivation of tobacco for New Spain was cranted Estanco del Tabaco. A
century of later, this area received massive investments in
industrialization which laid the foundation for its place as a center of
the worker's movement. Separated from Cordoba by the Metlac Ravine
its nearby sister City have played complementary roles with Orizaba being
the commercial center of the rich agriculture lands surrounding it and the
The Municipal Palace The striking Palacio Municipal off the north-west corner of Parque del Castillo. The city hall, divided into two buildings: an antique building (an unique iron construction made in Belgium, art nouveau and transported in 1894), and a new building, designed under the neoclassic influence.
State Art Museum exhibits a wide collection of pieces made by Mexican artists and foreigners "traveling artists in Veracruz." They are kept in a magnificent religious construction dated from the XVIII century. The 700 works in the permanent collection include enough works for one gallery devoted to the work of Diego Rivera.
FOOD:Garden vegetables with meals are standard unlike elsewhere in Mexico. An industrial city where natives referred to as chayoteros (chayote eaters) Cerviceria Brewery is huge
Pico de Orizaba is the third highest peak in North America ( 18,851 feet); it is located in the rich state of Veracruz, and climbing it is an amazing experience. Go to Piedra Grande Hut at Pico de Orizaba
foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated
to English by google
Orizaba-Cordova-bunker foto tour by aventuraextrema.com translated to English by google
Crossroad City between the mix of Veracruz and the old Mayan world of Oaxaca Puebla, a city located just east of Mexico City, has played an important role in the nation's history: The only Mexican victory over foreign invaders took place there when Maximilian's French Foreign Legion was defeated on 5 May 1862 (now celebrated as Cinco de Mayo throughout Mexico).
Puebla has more than 60 churches (including its grand 16th-century cathedral) and a "secret convent" (it remained active after convents and monasteries were outlawed in 1857). It's known for palm-leaf crafts, tiles, pottery and mole poblano, a rich chocolate and chili sauce that was first prepared there.
Located about 130 km (81 miles) east of Mexico City. This beautiful colonial city, built in 1532, is one of the oldest European settlements in Latin America with 70 beautifully preserved churches. The city is also a shopper’s dream, known for such handicrafts as ceramics, glassware, and potteryFestivals
Cinco de Mayo marked the turning point in the reclamation of middle America's glorious pre-Columbian history. North America's preeminent Mexican-America holiday but no where is the celebration more exuberant than here at Puebla la heroica fireworks, sham battles w/ fruit as ammunition, dance parties, and patriotic foods featuring mole dishes
Tlaxcala by Frommers
Tlaxcala by travelNow 40km (25 miles) north of Puebla and 120km (75 miles) east of Mexico City, is the capital of Mexico's smallest state. Tlaxcalan warriors allied with Cortez against the Aztec and were essential in his victory. Tlaxcalan chiefs were the first to be baptized by the Spaniards
Just over half a mile from the town center is the famed Ocotlán Sanctuary, constructed after Juan Diego Bernardino claimed to have seen an apparition of the Virgin Mary on that site in 1541