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

Jalisco

This land is the paradise of beach resorts and Colonial cities full of interesting buildings. At the same time that life goes on safely and calmly in its capital, on the coasts you can enjoy beautiful sights of the Pacific Ocean. In between, there are spectacular tours to be made around the Colima volcano. The National Park that surrounds it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

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Nayarit

When hearing the word Nayarit, some people will first think of the lovely handicrafts made by Huichol people (with colorful beads and designs that are almost psychedelic), others will remember its beautiful beaches (many of them still virgin), while still others will think of the charm of towns like San Blas. The truth is that there are options for everyone. In the past years, the Riviera Nayarit, which extends northbound from the border with Jalisco, is an area with the greatest tourist development for demanding travelers.

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Colima

Although not much is said about Colima’s appeals, the truth is that this small capital city nested between a beautiful natural landscape and an imposing volcano, watching over everything from its height, is one of the cities with the best lifestyle in the country. Here, education, health and work are not a problem, and this is something you can feel when walking the streets, which are peaceful and serene. There is also a general ambiance that invites you to rest and relax; something that can be combined with excursions to interesting places nearby, like the volcano itself or the archeological sites of La Campana and El Chanal.

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