Best Day Trips from Veracruz

By Viator, August 2014

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From exciting nightlife and live entertainment to a long history rooted in culture and tradition, Veracruz has plenty of options for travelers looking to explore Mexico beyond the city center. After a few days of combing through museums, sipping cocktails at local cafes and wandering the waterfront, getting out of town can be a real treat. Thankfully, several nearby destinations are worth a trip all their own. 

El Tajin
Archeologists believe these well-preserved ruins located outside the city of Poza Rica, were occupied as early as the year 800. The fertile grounds of El Tajin are divided into three distinct areas that include open plazas, natural greenery and iconic pyramids, including the famous Pyramid of the Niches. 

This capital city of the state of Veracruz is fondly referred to as the San Francisco of Mexico—partly because its colorful urban center has the same laid back charm and youthful vibe. Dozens of popular cafes line the streets of Xalapa and the country’s second-largest archaeological collection is housed in the city’s Museo de Antropologia. Nearby Parque Ecologico Macuiltepetl, a tranquil 40-hectare park, is home to extensive running trials and impressive views of the Xalapa skyline from atop an extinct volcano.
Catemaco Lake
Travelers can escape the urban landscape of Veracruz City by heading to Catemaco Lake. The frigid waters of this freshwater lake offer visitors an undeveloped Mecca that’s ripe for exploring. Travelers can hire a local boat to visit Monkey Island, or head to nearby Nanciyaga Ecological Reserve for a refreshing swim in the peaceful lagoon, followed by mud massages and a dip in hot springs. 

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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

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Learn about Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture at two important Totanac sites — the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.99

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

Combine visits to three historical Mexican sites in one day with this day trip from Veracruz. With a local guide, you’ll travel to the ruins of Quiahuiztlan ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.99

Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

See the historic Mexican towns of Alvarado and Tlacotalpan on this day trip from Veracruz. It's an opportunity to learn about the Spanish conquest of Mexico in ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.99

Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Discover both the history and natural beauty of the Veracruz area on this full-day tour to the region of Los Tuxtlas. With visits to three towns — Santiago ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.99

Cempoala Ruins and La Antigua Day Trip from Veracruz

Spend half a day immersed in Mexican history on this fascinating tour from Veracruz. With a local guide, you’ll travel to two sites of importance in Mexico’s ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.69

Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz Including Anthropology and Coffee Museums

On a day trip from Veracruz, discover Xalapa and Coatepec, two historically and culturally important cities that lie in the lush, mountainous region that ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.99

Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico Day Trip from Veracruz

About 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Veracruz lie the three cities of Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico — each full of Mexican history and culture that make for a ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.99

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