Brightly colored houses with Spanish tiled roofs line the streets of Tlacotalpan, a lively city and river port near the Gulf of Mexico. The architecture, culture, history and tradition of this popular place have made it a destination for visitors looking to experience real Mexico.
Whether it’s taking a scenic boat ride along the Papaloapan River, exploring the neoclassical architecture of the town, or spending an afternoon at Zaragoza Square before enjoying a traditional dinner by the water, Tlacotalpan is ripe with entertainment options. Visitors should be sure to stop by the iconic Church of the Candelaria and Hidalgo Park, as well as the local hub of old-world history, the Agustin Lara House of Culture.
Tlacotalpan is located about 62 miles south of Vera Cruz City. The annual Candlemas Festival begins on January 31 and takes place for eight days. A statue of the Virgin of Candlemas is carried through the streets and locals enjoy nightly fireworks as well as traditional food, song and dance.