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Ways to Celebrate Veracruz Carnival (Carnaval de Veracruz)

Ways to Celebrate Veracruz Carnival (Carnaval de Veracruz)

Veracruz hosts Mexico’s largest Carnival celebrations with nine days of special events, parades, and parties taking over the city in the run up to Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. Here are a few ways to join the festivities.

  • Admire the colorful floats, intricate costumes, and comparsa dancing groups at the spectacular Carnival parades.

  • Enjoy the nightly live music, dancing troupes, and jarocho shows at the Zócalo in Veracruz city center.

  • Experience ancient Carnival traditions such as the Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Mood), the burning of the Juan Carnaval effigy, and the coronation of the Carnival queen.

  • If you can’t celebrate Carnival in Veracruz, head to Mazatlán on the Pacific Coast, where Carnival festivities include elaborate parades, street parties, and live entertainment 

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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

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Knock out visits to two important sites of Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture—the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of Papantla—in one day on this guided trip from Veracruz. Wander through the pyramids and plazas of the UNESCO-listed El Tajín, learn about Mesoamerican history and discover the cultural treasures of Papantla, from its flying pole dancers to vanilla. Hassle-free hotel transport by van is included.
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  • 12 hours
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Archaeological & cultural experience: La Antigua, Cempoala & Quiahuiztlan Ruins

Archaeological & cultural experience: La Antigua, Cempoala & Quiahuiztlan Ruins

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Enjoy fascinating architecture, archaeology and history on this guided day trip from Veracruz. With the help of an informative guide, discover the ruins of Quiahuiztlan, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. In the Mesoamerican archaeological site of Cempoala, walk by ancient temples and learn about the city’s invasion by Aztecs. Wrap up the day in La Antigua, Mexico’s first Spanish settlement. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 6 hours
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$95.00
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Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

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Tlacotalpan is a popular Veracruz day trip, and this guided tour offers an easy way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in just one day. Along with a guide, learn about the city's Spanish and Caribbean architecture and visit the City Museum, before heading to Alvarado to check out the coastal trading town.
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  • 8 hours
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

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The top sites of Veracruz and surrounding areas are all laid out for you on this guided 5-hour combo tour. Discover San Juan de Ulúa, a fortress dating back to 1565. In the tree-lined town of La Antigua, the first Spanish settlement in Mexico, you’ll see the first Catholic church in the Americas. Pass through Veracruz’s Zocalo, its picturesque main square and drive through the upscale, neighboring city of Boca del Río. Bonus: Round-trip hotel transport included.
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  • 5 hours
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$70.00
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Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

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The pre-Hispanic city of El Tajín is home to remarkably well-preserved ancient sites, including pyramids, palaces, and ball courts. On this fully narrated, small group tour, you’ll explore these well-preserved sites, see a pre-Hispanic “Dance of the Flyers” ritual, and visit a vanilla factory and plantation to learn about the growing, harvesting, and processing of the vanilla orchid.
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  • 12 hours
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Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

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Venture deep into the great outdoors during this action-packed day trip, which makes it easy to escape the city. You’ll have personalized attention from a private guide as you cover four different stops, from the largest head of the Olmec civilization to a secluded island inhabited by a lively monkey population. You’ll also climb to the top of a stunning waterfall and learn about Mexican biodiversity in an ecological park.
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  • 12 hours
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour, San Juan de Ulúa Castle & Aquarium

Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour, San Juan de Ulúa Castle & Aquarium

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Spend a pleasant morning getting to know the city of Veracruz on this 3-hour guided tour. Enter San Juan de Ulúa, one of Veracruz’s most popular landmarks, and learn about the 16th-century fortress before it was converted to a presidential home. Stroll along the 'malecón,' or boardwalk, and see city highlights like the Zocalo and the Old Customs building. Wrap up your sightseeing with a drive through the well-heeled district of Boca del Río before being transported back to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

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A guided day trip is an easy way to see the archaeological sites of Veracruz without the hassle of navigating public transit. In addition to explaining the purpose of the unmarked Quiahuiztlan and Cempoala ruins, your guide brings you to the highlights of Antigua, the oldest colonial town in Mexico. With round-trip hotel transport, the tour is a popular choice for visitors passing through Veracruz.
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  • 8 hours
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Magic Town - Coatepec, Xico And Xalapa In Veracruz

Magic Town - Coatepec, Xico And Xalapa In Veracruz

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You will visit the impressive Hacienda del Lencero, the incredible Anthropology Museum, the handicrafts house and the center of the city of Xalapa with its beautiful colonial buildings. You will visit the magical town of Xico with its beautiful waterfall, and Coatepec, colonial city "World Coffee Capital" and "Magical Town"
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  • 12 hours
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Mandinga Jarocho Taste

Mandinga Jarocho Taste

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Explore the historic coastal city of Veracruz on an affordable, half-day tour. Visit the oldest army base in Latin America, the 500-year-old San Juan de Ulua fort, and hear its legends from an informative guide. Experience the city’s rich culinary culture and musical traditions in the community of Mandinga. Then, cap off your introduction to Veracruz with a boat ride along its mangrove forested coastline.
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  • 5 hours
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Los Colores del Café en las Fincas de Coatepec

Los Colores del Café en las Fincas de Coatepec

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Explore one of Mexico’s most charming towns, enjoy access to colonial haciendas and museums you might otherwise have overlooked, and sample some of the best Mexican coffee in the place where it’s produced during this full-day excursion to Coatepec. Don’t worry about time-consuming public transit either; instead, enjoy convenient transfers and your guide’s in-depth explanations, which you wouldn’t get alone.
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  • 10 hours
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Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Uncover the treasures of the Los Tuxtlas region on this guided day trip from Veracruz. See giant Olmec heads in the town of Santiago Tuxtla and learn about one of Mexico’s most ancient civilizations. In Catemaco, admire the beauty of Catemaco Lake before strolling through a nature park in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve. Stop in San Andrés Tuxtla to visit a cigar factory, and see Salto de Eyipantla waterfall, a thundering cascade featured in many films.
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  • 12 hours
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Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

While in Veracruz, take a guided day trip to the historic towns of Tlacotalpan and Alvarado. Admire the beautiful colonial architecture of Alvarado and at the same time, gain insight into Mexico’s history after the Spanish conquest. In UNESCO-listed Tlacotalpan, see city landmarks and immerse yourself in the local art from the 19th and 20th centuries during visits to two charming museums. Hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
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Magic Town - Papantla And Tajin In Veracruz

Magic Town - Papantla And Tajin In Veracruz

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Tajín is the most impressive Ceremonial center of the totonaca culture at Veracruz, lately rediscovered and fabulous installations. Papantla is a very important vanilla producer, which is used to make typical handicrafts and liquors from that region. * Time for lunch is Tajín or at the Emerald Coast beach.
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  • 13 hours
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Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

Experience Mexico’s coffee tradition and impressive pueblos magicos on this full-day guided tour. Save time with convenient hotel pickup and drop off and travel in a comfortable, climate-controlled minivan. See the hacienda that once belonged to Antonio López de Santa Anna, the notorious former military leader and president, cruise through coffee farms and visit the picturesque colonial towns of Xico and Coatepec, one of the region’s most important coffee producers.
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  • 10 hours
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Enjoy the coffee route in Coatepec Magical Town

Enjoy the coffee route in Coatepec Magical Town

Includes: ·        Roma farm in Coatepec ·        Café Bola de Oro’s old mill ·        Coffee tasting ·        Transportation, tickets and guide. Details: Meeting Point: Lobby of the client's hotel Start time: From 08:00-08:20 Closing time: 20:00                                 Duration of excursion: 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Adrenaline and Fun Aquatic park

Adrenaline and Fun Aquatic park

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In this tour the visitors will get the opportunity to use all the attractions for the whole family of the park as long as the park keeps open and enjoy the best theme park that Mexico has to offer. You will enjoy the Aquatic Inbursa Theme Park, the best Aquatic Park in whole Mexico where you can defy your instincts and will experience the full adrenaline.
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Capital: Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico Day Trip from Veracruz

Cultural Capital: Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico Day Trip from Veracruz

This day trip from Veracruz takes you to three beautiful Mexican cities full of Spanish colonial architecture and history — Xalapa, Xico and Coatepec, designated a Pueblo Mágico, or Magic Town for its culturally significant characteristics. Ascend up to 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) in elevation as you travel from city to city, and learn about the region’s coffee production, admire Baroque churches and visit the 16th-century home of a former Mexican president. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 10 hours
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Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz

Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz

Experience Veracruz’s history and culture on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, tour a historic coffee plantation and enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast. Explore the architecture of Cordoba with a visit to La Parroquia and other sites, and stop by the Gustave Eiffel-designed Palacio de Hierro in Orizaba. Enjoy a 3,008-foot (917-meter) cable car ride from Orizaba’s histoic center to the top of El cerro del borrego.
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  • 12 hours
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Coscomatepec y Orizaba Pueblos Mágicos de las Altas Montañas

Coscomatepec y Orizaba Pueblos Mágicos de las Altas Montañas

Conoce los pueblos mágicos de la región de las Altas Montañas en Veracruz, encantadores pueblos rodeados por serranías, admira su arquitectura colonial, ademas de sus costumbres y tradiciones.
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  • 11 hours
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Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

Skip the Line: Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark Ticket

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Don’t waste time waiting in line for access to the Aquatico Inbursa Waterpark in Veracruz, a destination that’s ideal for families and thrill seekers alike. Instead, make the most of your visit and spend more time cooling off in the water by booking skip-the-line admission tickets in advance and beating potentially long queues on the day.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Airport Transfer: Veracruz International Airport (VER) to Veracruz

Private Airport Transfer: Veracruz International Airport (VER) to Veracruz

Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from Veracruz International Airport (VER) to your hotel or destination within the Veracruz city area. Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - Meet&Greet Service: We welcome you at the airport arrivals hall holding a board with your name. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Portuguese). - Your flight is delayed? We wait for you up to 90min with no extra charge!
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  • 15 minutes
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Private Airport Transfer: from Veracruz to Veracruz International Airport (VER)

Private Airport Transfer: from Veracruz to Veracruz International Airport (VER)

Book here your safe and reliable Private Airport Transfer from your hotel or location within the Veracruz city area to Veracruz International Airport (VER). Our service operates across 150+ countries and 1500+ airports with an excellent customer satisfaction rating of 9/10 based on 35k+ reviews. - Fixed price with no hidden costs after booking. - Modern cars only. - Certified professional drivers. - 24/7 Customer Support (English, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Portuguese).
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  • 15 minutes
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City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

Get to know the historic center of Veracruz, where you can see important colonial buildings, and the old fortress of San Juan de Ulua, which has been used for different purposes from Hospital to Jail. Then enjoy the modern area of Boca del Río, where there are different shopping malls, hotels, where you can also find the second Catholic church, in a new continent.
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  • 3 hours
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$46.86
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