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

Guanajuato

The state of Guanajuato has it all: the city of León, which is prolific, Guanajuato of European influences, and San Miguel de Allende with its bohemian allure. Smaller, although equally beautiful, are Celaya with its cajeta (milk caramel) and Irapuato with its strawberries. All these cities are semi-hidden among plains, mountains and abrupt hills. Each one, in its own way, contributes to forming a diverse state, rich in culture, with flavours and a past like few others.

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Aguascalientes

The National San Marcos Fair placed this city on the global map, although for local tourism, Aguascalientes is an accessible destination, a great host that receives guests in a capital which stands out because of its cultural life and order. Its Colonial past is unveiled in every corner, but it is enough to move a little away from the center to discover archaeological sites like El Ocote; the Fría Mountains for camping and fishing aficionados; the dam; or Real de Asientos, its Pueblo Mágico.

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Zacatecas

Images of desert landscapes, silver mines (which are today night clubs), Baroque churches and natural reserves could all belong to different spots on the planet. However, all these have a land in common: Zacatecas. Thanks to the mining wealth, this central state had a very important role during the Colony and much later, during the Revolution. Today, there are still traces of this in buildings, monuments, and even in museums: pieces of history that have nothing boring about them.

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Jalisco

The land of tequila, charros and mariachi is much more than traditions. With Guadalajara as a leader in art, culture and gastronomy, the traveler has much to explore and visit in Jalisco; like staying in one of the most chic haciendas or country homes in Mexico, playing golf with a view of the sea in Puerto Vallarta, practicing extreme sports on the mountain, or visiting the Tequila route (the traditional or other more alternative ones thanks to boutique tequila houses).

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