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Interstate Route of Pre-Hispanic Cities, Extreme Adventure and Vanilla

Papantla, Huauchinango, Mexico City, Teotihuacán, Tulancingo

This exciting route begins in Mexico City, a true metropolis where modern life and its historical past combines. It is varied in venues such as the Anthropology and History Museum and a few meters away you will also be able to see the Castillo de Chapultepec (Castle of Chapultepec), where Emperor Maximiliano and Carlota lived. To walk around, the Condesa neighborhood is ideal for its bohemian-chic atmosphere, with many restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The cultural setting and nightlife are also pretty special here since there is a great variety of options.

The next destination on the route will be Teotihuacán, an impressive Pre-Columbian city, located a few kilometers away from the capital city of the country. Be amazed by the precision of its architecture, since the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the Templo de Quetzalcóatl (Temple of Quetzalcóatl) are perfectly aligned and connected by a wide road. Here you can also climb to the top of both pyramids.

Then resume the course towards the state of Hidalgo, making a first stop in Tulancingo. Here you can tour its historic downtown area to admire its cathedral that stands out for its two 17 meter (56 ft) high columns and the Iglesia de Los Angeles (Los Angeles Church). Don't miss the Casa de los Emperadores (House of the Emperors), since Agustín de Iturbide and later Maximiliano de Habsburgo stayed here.

Continue the route heading towards the state of Puebla, where you will first visit Huachinango. This beautiful place surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers, is special to enjoy nature and extreme adventure. Its downtown area has a Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) and it’s surrounded by colonial-style portals, where you will be able to admire the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) of the same architectural style and the Templo de Santa María La Asunción (Temple of Santa María La Asunción). Its Flower Fair is also famous, and it is just one of the many activities you can do in this wonderful little town.

Following the route through the state of Puebla, you will arrive at Xicotepec. This charming place has a beautiful central garden in its main square that is full of flowers. It has a kiosk where you can enjoy music every Sunday and is surrounded by portals with splendid places where you can taste the exquisite coffee produced in Xicotepec.

Now heading towards the state of Veracruz, Poza Rica will welcome you. It is a famous hydrocarbon extraction center, so business trips are more frequent in this area. Some of its attractions are La Plaza Cívica 18 de Marzo where the monument to the oil workers stands out and where kermesses or artistic presentations are also held.

This route ends in the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Papantla. You will be struck by the vanilla aroma of its streets, which is very common since it is produced here. Walk through the main square where you can also visit the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Parish de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción). This wonderful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is also famous for the representation of the "bird men", better known as Voladores de Papantla, whom you can admire aside from the main square. You will see five men climb to a high trunk, from which, four descend in 13 perfect spins while one of them remains singing ritual music to ensure that the solar and agricultural cycle is fulfilled.
This exciting route begins in Mexico City, a true metropolis where modern life and its historical past combines. It is varied in venues such as the Anthropology and History Museum and a few meters away you will also be able to see the Castillo de Chapultepec (Castle of Chapultepec), where Emperor Maximiliano and Carlota lived. To walk around, the Condesa neighborhood is ideal for its bohemian-chic atmosphere, with many restaurants, coffee shops and bars. The cultural setting and nightlife are also pretty special here since there is a great variety of options.

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The next destination on the route will be Teotihuacán, an impressive Pre-Columbian city, located a few kilometers away from the capital city of the country. Be amazed by the precision of its architecture, since the pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and the Templo de Quetzalcóatl (Temple of Quetzalcóatl) are perfectly aligned and connected by a wide road. Here you can also climb to the top of both pyramids.

Then resume the course towards the state of Hidalgo, making a first stop in Tulancingo. Here you can tour its historic downtown area to admire its cathedral that stands out for its two 17 meter (56 ft) high columns and the Iglesia de Los Angeles (Los Angeles Church). Don't miss the Casa de los Emperadores (House of the Emperors), since Agustín de Iturbide and later Maximiliano de Habsburgo stayed here.

Continue the route heading towards the state of Puebla, where you will first visit Huachinango. This beautiful place surrounded by mountains, forests and rivers, is special to enjoy nature and extreme adventure. Its downtown area has a Plaza de Armas (Arms Square) and it’s surrounded by colonial-style portals, where you will be able to admire the Palacio Municipal (Municipal Palace) of the same architectural style and the Templo de Santa María La Asunción (Temple of Santa María La Asunción). Its Flower Fair is also famous, and it is just one of the many activities you can do in this wonderful little town.

Following the route through the state of Puebla, you will arrive at Xicotepec. This charming place has a beautiful central garden in its main square that is full of flowers. It has a kiosk where you can enjoy music every Sunday and is surrounded by portals with splendid places where you can taste the exquisite coffee produced in Xicotepec.

Now heading towards the state of Veracruz, Poza Rica will welcome you. It is a famous hydrocarbon extraction center, so business trips are more frequent in this area. Some of its attractions are La Plaza Cívica 18 de Marzo where the monument to the oil workers stands out and where kermesses or artistic presentations are also held.

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