PUERTO DE VERACRUZ

 

The most important maritime commercial port in Mexico has represented, for centuries, the entrance to the Americas. It is an essential place for people who are passionate about history, who must visit the prison of San Juan de Ulúa, full of legends, and a nearby little town where the ruins of the Conquistador Hernán Cortes’ house are found. The white walls, the coffee aroma and the marimba sounds in the pier steal sighs from visitors. In addition to its famous coffee houses, the culinary offer from Boca del Río stands out.

 

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Agro tourism

     
       

Around Veracruz, there are towns that have achieved fame and fortune by working the fertile ground and conserving nature. To the south, at the Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, there is an ecological treasure of rainforest and volcanoes that complements the mystical ambiance in Catemaco. To the Northwest, you will find Xalapa and especially Coatepec – Pueblo Magico since 2006 –, which describe the history of what was once the coffee-production epicenter in the continent. Going west, near Huatusco, the best sustainable tourism in the country protects the flora found in the cloud forest.

 

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Cuisine

     

The port in Veracruz synthesizes all the gastronomy from the state, particularly its very famous marine roots. Seafood is lovingly prepared, and they are carefully consumed, in dishes like shrimp empanadas, mullet roe patties, seafood casseroles or octopus marinera style. Rice tumbada style and anise or costeño tamales complete the job, accompanied by glorias, toritos, diablitos and other drinks that always end in coffee at the port. Although “fish Veracruz style” has become a cliché, leaving without tasting the red snapper is a mistake, almost a lack of respect.

 

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Music and Dance

     

This port, four times heroic, is without a doubt the entrance door to Mexico; through it passed the fierce Conqueror  and, eventually, more or less kindly, the whole world. The music and dances are metaphors of this history of contacts. Son jarocho and fandango have the Spanish vein of footwork in zapateado, as well as sweet notes on the harp and the jarana accompanied by violin. In the traditional dance, danzon, it receives Cuba and all of the Caribbean essence, with metal sounds and intimate seduction in the steps. And more common, yet also beautiful, is the sound of marimbas: the street soundtrack in this Villa Rica of Vera Cruz.

 

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States that make up

Hidalgo

Birthplace of the Toltec culture and soccer – the national sport –, Hidalgo still conserves Pre-Hispanic vestiges like the Atlantes de Tula. Pastes, which we owe to an English colony that settled here, are famous: a variation of British pastry, adapted to the local gastronomy. The capital, Pachuca, is a colorful city that you can walk, from whose streets you can contemplate a hint of what the Hidalgo Huasteca can offer. From extreme sports to a historical visit, this is a state you cannot skip.

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Veracruz

Veracruz displays a long line of tourist offers in its territory: from the capital, one of the most important commercial ports in the country, to Catemaco, in the north, Pueblo Mágico whose visitors seek spiritual cleanses. In between, there is the radiant Costa Esmeralda (Emerald Coast), the charming and colorful town of Tlacotalpan, and the fortunate city of Poza Rica, in addition to hidden spots that the visitor could to discover.

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Tamaulipas

The extensions of open skies and desert landscapes clash against marine scenes and border lands. This state has energetic cities that benefit from manufacturing or petroleum, but they are also interesting cultural centers and effervescent commercial axes. The natural attractions – like the biosphere El Cielo –, its reserves destined to hunting tourism, and the charming beaches that crown the coast, are of great value to the country.

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San Luis Potosí

The capital city of this state is one of the most important in the country, where the Colonial constructions will overwhelm you with their beauty. But the plurality of the state is what is truly amazing: from the greenery in Huasteca – where you can find indescribable constructions by the surrealist Sir Edward James –, to the silence of its desert – famous because of Real de Catorce, a destination which was once a mining town and is now a tourist attraction that has been visited by personalities like Jim Morrison or Enrique Bunbury.

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