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From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

1. From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

Start the tour with pick up at your hotel at 8 AM and travel for 3.5 hours to the archaeological zone. Arrive at the most important ceremonial center of the Totonaca peoples, the archaeological area of El Tajín which combines history, knowledge, and beauty in one setting. Next, admire the pre-colonial buildings in the middle of the jungle including a palace, temple, and soccer fields. Marvel at the amazing pyramid of Los Nichos which is considered to be an agricultural, civic, and sun calendar, due to its 7 levels and 365 niches. After this, continue the tour to Papantla, also known as Pueblo Mágico, located a few kilometers away in Totonacapan. This place is where vanilla originates from and where local men performed fertility rituals. Learn about how the precolonial and Spanish melting pot of cultures led to the mixing of folklore and taste; a heritage that still lives on in the region. Explore the historical center of Papantla and take in panoramic views of Papantla from the observation deck. Return to Veracruz at 6 PM where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

2. From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to Xalapa for 1.5-hours. When you arrive, gain an introduction to the city known as a 'pueblos mágicos', and learn everything you wanted to know about the famous local coffee known as 'veracruzano'. Find out why the city was named 'The Flowers City' due to its gardens and fog, and is also known as 'Atenas Veracruzana' due to its culture and history. Then, visit the Anthropological Museum of Xalapa which contains the 2nd most important prehispanic Mesoamérica collections in the world including Olmeca, Totonaca, and Huasteca objects. After this, stop in El Lencero Hacienda, an old building full of colonial-era furniture, objects, and utensils set amongst stunning gardens and courtyards. Next, visit the villages of Xico and Coatepec, which have also both been appointed as 'pueblos mágicos' as part of a Federal program that recognizes cultural, gastronomic, and artistic traditions. Find out how Xico is known for its fiestas patronales, traditions, and delicious local dishes such as 'mole'. Also visit the famous Cascada de Texolo, surrounded by growth. Finally, discover why Coatepec is famous for its world-famous coffee on a visit to the coffee museum. Learn about the process of making coffee from bean to cup, as well as gaining an understanding for the traditions and culture that surrounds drinking it. At the end of the tour, return to Veracruz where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

3. Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

Discover the beauty of the Port of Veracruz with this tour that combines history, culture, natural attractions, and colonial buildings. Start your tour at San Juan de Ulua, one of Latin America's oldest fortresses, where you will learn about the birth of America's first town hall. After visiting the fort, explore the city's main points of interest, including the Maritime Customs Building, the old train station, and the Post Office building. Later, visit the famous Malecon, a beautiful seaside promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Afterward, visit the Boca del Rio zone, a booming area that combines modern buildings with a rich history. Finish your tour at the Veracruz Aquarium and spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Watch entertaining dolphin shows and see a range of aquatic animals such as sharks, penguins, and jellyfish.

From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

4. From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

Discover the pre-Hispanic City of “El Tajín”. During this guided tour, you will be able to admire the impressive architecture of the Totonac city north of Veracruz. Its interesting architecture consists of pyramids, palaces, and several ball game courts. Explore the sites' museum, exhibiting pieces found in the area, as well as a pleasant garden with tropical plants. At the end of the visit, you can enjoy the fabulous pre-Hispanic ritual “Los Voladores de Papantla” or “Dance of the Flyers” and buy typical crafts of the region. You will also visit a factory where you'll see the vanilla plantations and how this orchid is processed. The plant is native to this region, and at one time, the municipality of Papantla was the only place in the world where vanilla could be produced — gaining the name “The city that perfumes the world”.

Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

5. Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

Start the tour at the Coffee Museum and learn about the history of Mexican coffee. Then head to Cordoba, the renowned 'City of the 30 Knights'. See the main square where most of the buildings of architectural and historic value are located included the City Hall, La Parroquia, and the Zevallos Portal where the Treaty of Cordoba was signed. Continue on to the historic center of Orizaba which was founded in the 16th-century. Visit the art museum and the Palacio de Hierro, a building structure that was brought from Belgium. Ride the cable car for a panoramic view of the city.

From Veracruz: Catemaco & Los Tuxtlas Visit with Boat Trip

6. From Veracruz: Catemaco & Los Tuxtlas Visit with Boat Trip

At your first stop, Santiago Tuxtla, you will find out about the biggest Olmeca head found and also learn more about this ancient civilisation.  Then visit the waterfall “Salto de Eyipantla” where you can admire a beautiful view of San Andres Tuxtla. In Catemaco you will aboard a boat and visit the Catemaco lake, where you can observe the rich flora and fauna, the famous Monkey Islands and Heron Island. Later you will arrive at the ecological park “Nanciyaga”. Your guide will show you the biodiversity of the area, where you can also admire a beautiful lake and drink fresh mineral water.

Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

7. Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

Aquarium Square of Veracruz will be the starting point of your fortress of San Juan de Ulúa tour. You will first be transported in a picturesque streetcar whilst being delighted by nearby historical monuments. You will then tour the interior of the enclosure with a guided tour. Upon returning to Aquarium Square at 3:30PM, you can enter the Aquarium of Veracruz which exhibits a wide variety of marine species, and is nowadays considered one of the most important aquariums in Latin America. Afterwards, you will have the chance to taste the traditional gastronomy in the charming, mangrove-surrounded village of Mandinga, an important port city in Veracruz. Your package will include a boat tour of Mandinga, which you will have the opportunity to exchange for tickets to the wax museum, Ripley's museum, rotating tunnel, mirror maze, and 4D travel. There you can take photographs with your favorite characters, and in addition can enjoy the Rotating Tunnel, an incredible optical illusion that defies your sense of balance. You can also entertain yourself in trying to find the exit, as you see your figure reflected over and over again around you. Your tour also includes entrance to the Simulator 4D (Fantastic Journey), and at nightfall, you will be able to board another tram to take a tour around the historical center of Veracruz with a scenic walk. Along the way, you can enjoy a diverse combination of local music, dancing, and history. Your tour will eventually conclude later in the evening, at approximately 7:30PM.

From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec

8. From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec

Travel to Coatepec and explore a coffee hacienda and coffee plantations. Marvel at the old benefit and the roasting craftsmanship and taste delicious coffee, before enjoying a tour of the magical town center of Coatepec. Start with the history of coffee and the farm. Embark on an adventure in the cloud forest, watching the vegetables that are grown in small greenhouses. Journey to the past as you observe small traces of pots from the area that was occupied by the Mexica. Find out how coffee first arrived in America and Mexico. Feel the peace and tranquility of the forest. Find out how the quality of coffee starts from its origin and marvel at the exhibition of the thirty-five varieties of coffee once you are in the demonstration farm. Visit the old coffee mill Gold Ball, which exhibits machinery from the 19th century, where you can enjoy an interesting explanation about the process of toasting accompany a coffee tasting led by an expert. In addition, it is the ideal time to clear your doubts about the myths around coffee. Explore the center of the magical town of Coatepec. Enjoy its streets, architecture, gastronomy, and history. It is the perfect item to close this great tour, before returning back to your hotel.

From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

9. From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to the charming towns of Alvarado and Tlacotalpan and experience a day full of colorful architectures and folklore. Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to the first stop for 1.5-hours. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the Port of Alvarado, an important fishing village that in ancient times was the entry gate for slaves and pirates. Meet the friendly people of this town and visit the traditional central square. The mischief and happiness of the locals will keep you with a big smile. Enjoy a drink at one of the various cocktail bars and savor delicious local specialties at your own expense.  Then, head to Tlacotalpan City which was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In this beautiful village, you will find musical events, gastronomy, and handicraft. Visit the Agustín Lara Museum, the church of La Virgen de la Candelaria with its colorful altarpieces and walls, and the parish of San Cristóbal, a true relic. Before you finish the tour, enjoy a tour around the calm waters of the Papaloapan River. Take in spectacular views of the village and relax during a boat ride as you watch the sunset. The tour ends at 5 PM.

Veracruz: City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

10. Veracruz: City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

Discover the beauty of the Port of Veracruz with this exciting tour that fuses history, culture, natural attractions and colonial buildings. The activity starts in San Juan de Ulua, one of the greatest and most antique forts in America. After visiting the fort, you will explore the main points of the city’s downtown, including the Maritime Customs Building, the old train station, and the post office building. You will also visit the famous "Malecon", a beautiful seaside promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Afterwards, you'll visit the Boca del Rio zone, a booming area with modern, first class hotels, and services, yet with a deep-rooted history.

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