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Route of Puebla's Handcrafts to the Beaches of Veracruz

Zacatlán, Puebla, Tlaxcala

This tour begins in the beautiful city of Puebla. Since colonial times the city had great importance for being a resting place on the commercial route that connected the country's capital to the port of Veracruz. Its Historic Downtown preserves hundreds of buildings that are true jewels of the New Spain Baroque. You must visit the beautiful Capilla del Rosario (Rosario Chapel), the Cathedral, the Zócalo and the many museums and galleries found here. We recommend you to go to the Carmen neighborhood, visit its church and rest in its park while eating a delicious sherbet, it’s a tradition!

This route continues in the neighboring state of Tlaxcala. Your next stop will be in the capital city of the same name, located fifty minutes north. This city is even older than Puebla and also has a beautiful, although smaller, Historic Downtown. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit the Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones (Arts and Traditions Living Museum), then go to Plaza de la Constitución (Constitución Square) and eat at one of the restaurants you'll find in Los Portales. You can also visit the Museo de la Memoria (Memory Museum), the Cathedral and the Ex Convento Franciscano (Former Franciscan Convent).

Apizaco is located just 30 minutes northeast of the city of Tlaxcala. Start the tour at the Parque Principal (Main Park), get to know the colorful crafts, especially the carved wooden canes and the masks. Enjoy the traditional tlacoyos and the pipián at one of the restaurants in the area. Also remember to go to the Cathedral and admire its neo-Gothic design.

Continue to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlaxco, with wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy the lagoon, forests and mountains that surround it, by visiting an ecotourist center in the area. Visit the heart of the town where you will admire the Parroquia de San Agustín (San Agustín Parish); you can also take the opportunity to buy crafts and eat delicious food. Pulque is also produced in Tlaxco, so you can also visit the pulque haciendas.

The tour will take you back to the state of Puebla. It's the turn of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Chignahuapan, which is located forty minutes northeast of Tlaxco. Here is where the Sierra de Puebla begins, so the place is rather cool and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The downtown preserves its colonial architecture, the Municipal Palace, the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apostol Parish) and the colorful wooden kiosk that stands above the park's fountain; are all spots you should visit. You can sign up for any of the excursions to the lagoon, the waterfall or the thermal baths.

Zacatlán de las Manzanas is found northeast of Chignahuapan. This beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is famous for its abundant apple production and its traditional bottled soft drinks. Head towards the downtown area to take a walk, it is a delight. You can admire the colonial buildings, such as the former Franciscan Convent and the Parroquia de San Pedro y San Pablo (San Pedro and San Pablo Parish). Walk down Reforma Street towards the Crystal Viewpoint to admire the beautiful views of the canyon, then go to the municipal pantheon to see the monumental mural and finally go to the Museo de Relojería (Clockwork Museum).

An hour and thirty minutes north of Zacatlán you will arrive at Xicotepec de Juárez, surrounded by mountains and forests. Take a walk through the Central Garden and admire the flowers, visit the Casa Carranza Museum, the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista Parish) and the Municipal Market, where you can buy the traditional embroidered shirts and dresses. The production of coffee is very important in this place, so do not forget to buy a little to enjoy and share.

The tour ends in Tuxpan, Veracruz, one hour and fifty minutes northeast of Xicotepec. The climate in this region is a lot hotter. The downtown area is located on the banks of the river which gives it a special charm. We highly recommend to visit the Reforma Park, the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Cathedral) and the Museum of the Cuba-Mexico Friendship. You can also take one of the tours to the lagoon and the mangrove area and try the delicious dishes prepared with fish and seafood.
This tour begins in the beautiful city of Puebla. Since colonial times the city had great importance for being a resting place on the commercial route that connected the country's capital to the port of Veracruz. Its Historic Downtown preserves hundreds of buildings that are true jewels of the New Spain Baroque. You must visit the beautiful Capilla del Rosario (Rosario Chapel), the Cathedral, the Zócalo and the many museums and galleries found here. We recommend you to go to the Carmen neighborhood, visit its church and rest in its park while eating a delicious sherbet, it’s a tradition!

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This route continues in the neighboring state of Tlaxcala. Your next stop will be in the capital city of the same name, located fifty minutes north. This city is even older than Puebla and also has a beautiful, although smaller, Historic Downtown. Take a stroll along the river bank and visit the Museo Vivo de Artes y Tradiciones (Arts and Traditions Living Museum), then go to Plaza de la Constitución (Constitución Square) and eat at one of the restaurants you'll find in Los Portales. You can also visit the Museo de la Memoria (Memory Museum), the Cathedral and the Ex Convento Franciscano (Former Franciscan Convent).

Apizaco is located just 30 minutes northeast of the city of Tlaxcala. Start the tour at the Parque Principal (Main Park), get to know the colorful crafts, especially the carved wooden canes and the masks. Enjoy the traditional tlacoyos and the pipián at one of the restaurants in the area. Also remember to go to the Cathedral and admire its neo-Gothic design.

Continue to the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Tlaxco, with wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy the lagoon, forests and mountains that surround it, by visiting an ecotourist center in the area. Visit the heart of the town where you will admire the Parroquia de San Agustín (San Agustín Parish); you can also take the opportunity to buy crafts and eat delicious food. Pulque is also produced in Tlaxco, so you can also visit the pulque haciendas.

The tour will take you back to the state of Puebla. It's the turn of the Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) of Chignahuapan, which is located forty minutes northeast of Tlaxco. Here is where the Sierra de Puebla begins, so the place is rather cool and surrounded by beautiful landscapes. The downtown preserves its colonial architecture, the Municipal Palace, the Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apostol Parish) and the colorful wooden kiosk that stands above the park's fountain; are all spots you should visit. You can sign up for any of the excursions to the lagoon, the waterfall or the thermal baths.

Zacatlán de las Manzanas is found northeast of Chignahuapan. This beautiful Pueblo Mágico (Magical Town) is famous for its abundant apple production and its traditional bottled soft drinks. Head towards the downtown area to take a walk, it is a delight. You can admire the colonial buildings, such as the former Franciscan Convent and the Parroquia de San Pedro y San Pablo (San Pedro and San Pablo Parish). Walk down Reforma Street towards the Crystal Viewpoint to admire the beautiful views of the canyon, then go to the municipal pantheon to see the monumental mural and finally go to the Museo de Relojería (Clockwork Museum).

An hour and thirty minutes north of Zacatlán you will arrive at Xicotepec de Juárez, surrounded by mountains and forests. Take a walk through the Central Garden and admire the flowers, visit the Casa Carranza Museum, the Parroquia de San Juan Bautista (San Juan Bautista Parish) and the Municipal Market, where you can buy the traditional embroidered shirts and dresses. The production of coffee is very important in this place, so do not forget to buy a little to enjoy and share.

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