Xalapa: A cultural walk

Alexia Arana


Xalapa, located in the state of Veracruz, has many cultural attractions that you will love if you are one of those who loves to be enveloped by the culture of each destination.

Today we will tell you about the perfect attractions to learn more about the history of Mexico and the culture of Xalapa, Veracruz.

Walkthrough the center

The first stop is in the famous historic center, declared as an Area of Historical and Artistic Monuments since 1990, this place has more than 350 buildings full of historical and architectural value.

The unique structure of its streets and alleys is perfect to learn more about Xalapa and how the first constructions were. Most of the year you can enjoy various cultural manifestations in its historical sites, so whenever you visit it, you will find a pleasant surprise.

What you should not miss in Xalapa

You cannot say that you traveled to Xalapa, without first going through a typical local food restaurant. Its gastronomy is an inheritance of our pre-Hispanic and Spanish culture, one of its star dishes is “xalapeño” chiles: stuffed with seafood or meat mince, along with pickled onion and a delicious carrot garnish.

But if desserts are your thing, don't worry, Xalapa is also known for its popular sweets, where you can find several fruits from the region in the form of sweets, known as 'covered fruits', so if you are walking through the center historical, do not forget to make a mandatory stop at the street stalls, and thus learn more about gastronomy.

Tour of ancient Xalapa

Although its streets already tell us several stories, it is important to visit this emblematic place known as the Casa de Xalapa Museum, an architectural jewel dating from the 17th century, combining the cultural and natural beauty of the city. In each of its rooms, we can find all the information we need to know about the history of the city and immerse ourselves more in its culture.

Continuing our journey through the cultural attractions of Xalapa, our next stop would be the Xalapa Museum of Anthropology, considered the second most important museum in the country. Open since 1986, this museum houses a large number of articles and figures from the cultures that settled in much of the state of Veracruz and its surroundings, such as the Olmecas, Huastecos, and Totonacas. One of the great treasures of the museum is the Olmec Head, labeled number one, known as El Rey, it was found in San Lorenzo Tenochtitlán, a great vestige of what was the Olmec culture.

Its showrooms change constantly, so during each visit, you will find something new, a necessary visit if you want to learn more about the cultures that settled in the region. 

Connection with nature

The Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden sanctuary is the perfect place to learn more about the history of the endemic flora of the region, a walk with unparalleled views that seem taken from a fairy tale. In it, you will learn more about the oldest plants in Mexico and the various uses that our ancestors gave them. It is the perfect visit to connect with nature and learn more about our herbal past.


Mexico is full of incredible destinations for every type of traveler, from places for the more adventurous to those looking for a trip to fill the soul. Xalapa is perfect to learn more about the history of our country and get out of the routine a bit. 




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