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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Estados que Integran la Ruta

Queretaro

Queretaro has a capital by the same name, one of the most beautiful cities in the Bajío, full of history and traditions. Downtown, there are churches and Baroque buildings, as well as museums with excellent painting collections. The state is located at a crossroads, both historical and geographic. It was the stage for conspiracies that resulted in the Independence movement. It has natural areas that are breathtaking, such as the Gorda Mountains, which attract more than one adventurous traveler.

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Guanajuato

This is the ideal city to get lost among its streets which twist, cross and end in wonderful plazas full of history but also restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores. Guanajuato was one of the richest cities during the Colony and this abundance is reflected in its churches, monasteries, theaters and museums. It is also a birthplace of the Independence movement, and venue of one of the most important cultural festivals in the continent.

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Jalisco

Between tequila, music and the cultural wealth of Jalisco, there is never enough time to visit one of the states with most drive in the country. From movements and proposals by young people in the cities, to the natural beauty of its coasts, Jalisco has become renowned throughout the world. However, it is thanks to the popularity of tequila that this destination is particularly delicious. Art galleries, museums, Pueblos Magicos, nature and first-rate gastronomy make this place an obligated stop.

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