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An option for climbing is the magnificent Parque Nacional Cofre de Perote, where the centerpiece is the 14,022-foot extinct volcano. A road leads almost to the summit, so you can either plan a day trip or stay for several days. The park is about 50 km (31 mi) west of Xalapa. Xalapa, Veracruz.
In Xalapa, Veraventuras runs biking and hiking trips in nearby national parks. Santos Degollado 81-8, Xalapa, Veracruz, 91000. 228/818–9779. www.veraventuras.com.mx.