Veracruz (state)

Veracruz is a coastal state in Central Mexico. Veracruz recently replaced Chiapas as the poorest state in Mexico, so expect lots of young European backpackers to soon "discover" it as Mexico's next hip destination.

Regions

Veracruz has traditionally been less of a tourist destination than pacific parts of Mexico due to its hot, humid weather. Yet the area incorporates a range of climates, from the damp jungle areas in the northwest to the cooler, mountainous heights of Xalapa.

Cities

Colorful houses in Tlacotalpan

Other destinations

Understand

Although the hot, humid summer weather can be unpleasant for many visitors, it creates a very lush, green landscape that can be beautiful along the southern half of the state.

Talk

Spanish and some English.

Get in

Xalapa is about a five hour trip from Mexico City.

Get around

By Bus, motorcycle, bike, horseback, or on foot

see

Ruins, old colonial cities, and lush green mountains reminiscent of Costa Rica

Do

The whitewater rafting around Xalapa is some of the best in north america.

Eat

Veracruz (city) is famous throughout Mexico for its seafood feasts. The Cuban/African influence is stronger here than on the Pacific coast and the plates bear some resemblance to Cuban dishes. Though not cheap, the seafood restaurants will likely be a highlight to any trip to Veracruz.

Drink

Good fresh fruit drinks are widely available.

Stay safe

City of Veracruz has a bit of violent crime, elsewhere its mostly just petty theft.

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