Veracruz at a Glance
The state of Veracruz stretches along the coast of Central Mexico, bordering the Caribbean Sea on the northern side of the country. The city of the same name is a gritty, urban port town famed for its nightlife in the zócalo (main square). However, delve deeper into this less-travelled region and you’ll discover more than a few hidden gems waiting to be explored.
History and Culture
Veracruz city is Mexico’s oldest European settlement, with the Spanish first arriving in 1518. As gold was detected in the region it became a target for Spanish conquest. During the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) Veracruz became a battleground for conflicts.
What To Do and Where To Stay in Veracruz
Located in the highlands to the north of Veracruz, Xalapa
is the capital of Veracruz state. It has a large student population and is generally doesn’t feature on the itinerary of most travelers. However, this city is home to beautiful colonial architecture, museums and botanical gardens making it the perfect place to escape the crowds and experience the real Mexico.
This sleepy town
is most well-known for its tradition of witchcraft! On the 1st March each year the town celebrates its annual festival of witchcraft which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. At other times of the year, base yourself here to explore the nearby Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve
as well as the Catemaco Lake.
Located on the Paploapan River, Tlacotalpan
dates back to the 17th century when it was one of the most important ports in Central America. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed
site and it’s worth spending some time here to soak up the history on its colonial streets.
On the Rio Tuxpan
lies this unassuming fishing town and port where you can enjoy some of the best seafood in Mexico, as well as nearby beaches.
When is the best time to visit Veracruz
Veracruz has a tropical climate year-round. December to April is warm and dry as well as the peak season for tourism. June to October is the humid rainy season which sees the hottest days. We recommend visiting between November and March for comfortable, warm temperatures and little rainfall.
The Keteka difference
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
How to get to Veracruz
From Mexico City, buses leave daily operated by ADO
. The journey takes around 5 hours and 40 minutes and costs between $17 and $38 USD.
From Mexico City, direct flights are operated by Interjet
. The journey takes 55 minutes and costs between $38 and $140 USD one-way.