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San Juan de Ulúa Ancient Fort in Veracruz Port City, Veracruz State, Mexico
San Juan de Ulúa Ancient Fort in Veracruz Port City, Veracruz State, Mexico

Travel Insights for the State of Veracruz

Magno Travel Insights for the State of Veracruz

Traveling in Mexico and in the State of Veracruz with the Insights of Franco Magno

The stunning state of Veracruz. Hi! Magno readers. The Magno Insights are some of the learnings I’ve come to after 25 years of traveling experience in Mexico. By taking advantage of these inputs, you’ll go a little beyond on your trips in Mexico. Please take advantage of these recommendations that I consider useful for any kind of visitor.

So, some recommendations for the state of Veracruz are:

 

* Veracruz, your nights are a deluge of stars, palm trees, and woman, sings a beautiful Mexican melody dedicated to the Veracruz state and the Port of Veracruz, famous artwork by the master Mexican singer-songwriter “Agustín Lara.”

San Juan de Ulúa Ancient Fort in Veracruz Port City, Veracruz State, Mexico
San Juan de Ulúa Ancient Fort in Veracruz Port City, Veracruz State, Mexico

The Veracruz state is as fantastic as incredible to the senses.

In the year 2019, the Veracruz state celebrated 500 years of contemporary existence.

However, its real heritage and traces travel to hundreds of years back in history.

Veracruz has seen the sea.

It has seen the sun. It has seen the moon. It has seen prodigious ancient cultures.

It has seen thousands of immigrants come from all over the world. It has listened to the joyous notes of the “Son Jarocho.”

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Veracruz has seen the palm trees sway in the wind. It has seen their beautiful beaches be visited by thousand of travelers.

It has allowed the fascinating aroma of freshly roasted coffee to flood the atmosphere. It has seen its intrepid sons fly in Papantla. It has seen how history called the Veracruz state to settle in the permanent memory of Mexico.

Here it began a story that hasn’t been told yet. Let me introduce you to the beautiful and divine “Jarochas” lands (“Jarocho” is the friendly way of naming an inhabitant of Veracruz state).

Veracruz fills visitor’s minds with exceptional views and experiences worth remembering.

* Well, and where to start an idyllic journey through such a fascinating state?

Well, through Mexico’s eyes to the world, where the Maya and Aztec nation opens its arms to the world, by the “Puerto de Veracruz” itself.

As a travel blogger, you may know my recommending style.

That one is to recommend going straight to the heart of the places you explore in Mexico. I mean going right away to the “Port of Veracruz” Historic Center.

Here in the Veracruz Port, you’ll begin such a beautiful odyssey through the “Zócalo de Veracruz.”

One of the most beautiful and lively places in Mexico, in my opinion. Full of music, full of coffee, full of fantastic life experiences.

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A View of The Pico de Orizaba, Veracruz State, Mexico
A View of The Pico de Orizaba, Veracruz State, Mexico

The “Plaza Mayor” begins to give you pearls to admire, like fished from the Gulf of Mexico, with magnificent exponents from the hand of “Los Portales de Veracruz.”

The beautiful and baroque “Palacio Municipal” and the “Cathedral of Veracruz” consecrated to the “Virgen de la Asunción” will show in your way too.

There’s more. Much more.

You can take part in the lively ambiance of the “Portales de Lerdo,” a fantastic corridor full of restaurants, bars, and cafes to spend more than pleasant hours.

* You’ll also see the legendary and historic “Hotel Imperial.”

This hotel has accommodated visitors since 1793. Guests from all walks of life have spent thousands of nights there.

You’ll also run into the “El Portal de Miranda,” which now provides services as the “Juan Malpica Mimendi” photo library, with the cultural and colorful “Callejón de la Lagunilla,” where in the afternoons there are sessions of the “Danzón.”

This typical dance of Cuban origin has set its home in Veracruz. Are there more delightful experiences? Sure. Don’t forget to walk along the “Lerdo and Zamora” pedestrian corridors.

Also, there you’ll find the “Plazuela de la Campana” where you can enjoy more “Jarocho” lifestyle atmosphere in the afternoons and weekends with live music of “Danzón,” “Fandango” or “Salsa.”

Streets and several steps later, you’ll taste delicious and fresh seafood in the “Seafood Market,” prepared in multiple ways to take your soul back to the body.

In the vicinity, you’ll run into the “Museo Naval de México,” where you can learn more about the real essence of the Veracruz spirit.

San Carlos Ancient Fort in Perote, Veracruz State, Mexico
San Carlos Ancient Fort in Perote, Veracruz State, Mexico

* First Magno “Jarocho” Travel recommendation.

Once that you leave the museum area, if you just head two streets north, on the “Mario Molina” Street, you’ll marvel with the unique, symbolic, and unforgettable “Gran Café de la Parroquia de Veracruz.”

One of the coffee cathedrals in all Mexico.

Phew!! How many secrets, how many things waiters haven’t seen around here.

His majesty, the coffee, has its most famous temple here. If you don’t have breakfast, lunch, or dinner here, you never came to Veracruz state. You’ll also taste a delicious variety of dishes to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

* Once you stuff your stomachs courtesy of the “Magno” “Café de la Parroquia de Veracruz,” you can go across the street to access another microcosm of the Mexican culture, the “Mercado de Artersanías del Puerto de Veracruz.”

At that market, you’ll see a “Magno” exhibition of Mexican handicrafts masterpieces that will allure your eyes and will say to you Hey! Take me home! as an unforgettable souvenir of your visit to the “Puerto.”

In its surroundings you have more to look at, this time by the hand of the beautiful “Plaza de la República,” the “Museo Recinto de la Reforma” and the “Teatro Francisco J. Clavijero.”

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Don’t tell me you are tired. Because the “Plaza de la Reforma” will take your breath away with its beautiful colonial buildings.

A little further to the west, the “Antigua Fábrica de Puros,” which nowadays looks a little bit ruined, will make your mind fly away to those days when big tobacco leaves were the star on this piece of paradise in Mexico.

Finally, and if you like a natural setting within the port, the “Laguna de Lagartos” will deliver tropical views, located to the northwest from the former cigars’ factory.

This natural place within the city and Port of Veracruz will become an ideal place for hiking, biking, and exercising the sport of beautiful sunsets photography.

However, so much beauty has its price, and here is a mini tip for “Jarocho” trips to the “Laguna de Lagartos.”

Why do you think it’s called “Laguna de Lagartos”? (Lizard’s Lagoon). As long as you stay on the lanes set up for the runners, you’ll be safe, except if one of you feels like a fan of Crocodile Dundee, well…

A View of The Macuiltépetl Hill, Xalapa Capital City, Veracruz State, Mexico
A View of The Macuiltépetl Hill, Xalapa Capital City, Veracruz State, Mexico

* Second Magno Travel recommendation.

Once you have purchased the “souvenir” for friends or family and have filled your eyes with the attractions mentioned above, you’ll get in touch with another of the Puerto de Veracruz symbolic places, the “Malecón.”

I definitely recommend walking on it, and there you can attend the meeting of more history and iconic “Jarochos” images for your memories.

The “Faro de Venustiano Carranza” (The lighthouse) and the monument to Mr. “Venustiano Carranza,” President of Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century, will deserve a place in your camera’s memory.

You’ll contemplate the fantastic “Macroplaza” of the “Malecón.” In the surroundings, you’ll find the “Casino Naval de Veracruz,” besides the docks where, with a little luck, you’ll see some imposing ships decorate the horizon.

Precisely from here, tour boats take you to another of the port’s gems.

* Third Magno Travel recommendation.

Visit the “Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa.” This 16th-century military fort located on the small island of the same name features a thousand and one stories to know when this fort was a point for pirates’ attacks and a protection point for ships too. This fort was even a prison.

By touring its corridors, prisoner’s cells, patios, and wide spaces, in addition to its museum on-site, the “Museo Arqueológico de Veracruz,” you’ll understand why Veracruz is so important in Mexico.

This iconic building exhibits pre-Hispanic origin pieces in its two halls, and in a separate hall, you’ll learn about the “Fuerte de San Juan de Ulúa” history.

Without any doubt, it’s a short trip to the history of this marvelous construction that has accompanied Veracruz throughout its journey along with Mexican history.

* Is there more to see? Yes, like for several days. Returning to the “Port of Veracruz,” you can continue admiring points of interest, such as the “Museo Baluarte de Santiago,” another military fort built near the Historic Center in the XVI century.

This fort was part of the port’s seven historic colonial bastions defense system. Another jewel for this captivating journey will be the “Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz Coronel Manuel Gutiérrez Zamora.”

The “Casucha de la Paloma” will show up before your eyes too. This building is a visual explanation about the architecture style that prevailed in the port’s old residential buildings in past centuries.

Nearby this point, you’ll run into the picturesque, warm and traditional “Barrio de la Huaca,” another subtle exponent of history, culture, and society.

I especially recommend the picturesque alley dedicated to the 20th-century Mexican singer of African-American descent “Toña La Negra.”

A Vanilla Flower View, Papantla Town, Veracruz State, Mexico
A Vanilla Flower View, Papantla Town, Veracruz State, Mexico

There you can take a selfie with its statue and also with that one of the renowned Mexican singer-songwriter “Agustín Lara” too.

Moreover, you can taste there Veracruz cuisine typical dishes at the small restaurants that you’ll see there.

Finally, if you walk towards the west, you’ll get some living postcards with the old tram station, the “Tranvía del Recuerdo,” and the “Parque Zamora.”

This old tram station is a gateway to the imagination, to the same history of glorious past days in the “Puerto.”

The “bonus” place. The refreshing “Parque Ecológico Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez.” It’s located approximately 10 minutes south from the tram station, and it will be another iconic interest point to feel alive and with your spirit full of traveling sensations.

Veracruz needs no introductions at all. It speaks by itself.

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