Veracruz Sights

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Tlacotalpan 6

La Antigua 3

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Xico 2

Coatepec 2

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Acuario de Veracruz

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Veracruz is home to one of Latin America's biggest and best aquariums. One tank alone has 2,000 species of marine life native to the...

Baluarte de Santiago

  • Museum/Gallery

The small fortress is all that's left of the old city walls. Like the Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa, the colonial-era bulwark was built...

Boca del Río

  • Beach–Sight

About 4 km (2½ mi) south of Playa Mocambo is Boca del Río, a small fishing village at the mouth of the Río Jamapa that is quickly...

Capilla de la Candelaria

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The massive orange-trimmed church on the north side of Plaza Zaragoza is the Capilla de la Candelaria, constructed in 1779. It houses...

Casa de Cabildo

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The neoclassical Casa de Cabildo, which houses all the governmental offices, is painted vivid shades of red and green. The huge arch...

Casa de Cortés

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Although locals call it Casa de Cortés, the 16th-century customs house actually had nothing to do with the conquistador. Little is left...

Cascada de Texolo

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Xico is known for its natural wonders, notably the Cascada de Texolo, a majestic waterfall set in a deep gorge of tropical greenery.

Ceiba de la Noche Feliz

  • Local Interest–Sight

Heading toward the river on Calle Ruiz Cortés you'll see a tree with tentacle-like branches blocking the road. This is the Ceiba de...

Cempoala

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Cempoala (sometimes spelled "Zempoala") was the capital of the Totonac people. The name means "place of 20 waters," after the sophisticated...

El Tajín

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The extensive ruins of El Tajín—from the Totonac word for "thunder"—express the highest degree of artistry of any ancient city in...

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