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Top Day Trips from Veracruz

By Viator, November 2017

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Outside Veracruz city, the state of Veracruz is home to historical, cultural, and UNESCO World Heritage–listed attractions that make great day trip destinations for those looking to see and learn more about Mexico. Here are our favorite ideas.

La Antigua — 20 miles (30 km) from Veracruz
Considered the first Spanish settlement in Mexico, La Antigua lies just north of Veracruz and houses what may be the oldest Catholic church in the Americas and one of the oldest Spanish structures in the Americas, both built in the 1500s. Tours from Veracruz typically last five to six hours and may also include stops in other areas such as San Juan de Ulúa or the Cempoala ruins.

Tlacotalpan & Alvarado — 63 miles (101 km) from Veracruz
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the town of Tlacotalpan draws visitors for its colorful Spanish and Caribbean colonial-era architecture and design. Some tours include a boat ride on the Papaloapan River for a relaxing way to admire the town. Day tours from Veracruz last from eight to 13 hours and usually also stop in the port city of Alvarado.

Coatepec & Xalapa — 72 miles (116 km) from Veracruz
Located less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from each other, the coffee town of Coatepec and the Veracruz capital city of Xalapa offer visitors a look at Spanish colonial architecture, pre-Hispanic and Spanish colonial history, and a piece of Mexican culture—Coatepec received a Magical City (Pueblo Mágico) designation in 2006. Day trips from Veracruz typically last 10 to 11 hours.

El Tajin Ruins — 150 miles (240 km) from Veracruz
The pre-Colombian ruins of El Tajin date to about the year 600 AD and make up the most important archaeological site in Veracruz. El Tajin is known for its pyramids, including the Pyramid of the Niches. Day trips from Veracruz typically last about 12 hours and may be combined with a stop at a nearby attraction like a vanilla factory or the city of Papantla.

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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 $128.00
Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz Including Anthropology and Coffee Museums, Veracruz, Day ... 
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Xalapa and Coatepec Day Trip from Veracruz Including Anthropology and Coffee Museums

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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: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.99
Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

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Combine city sightseeing with Mexican history on this 5-hour tour of Veracruz and its surrounding attractions. Visit the small town of La Antigua, an early ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00
Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins, Veracruz, Day Trips
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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
Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

Come and visit the pre-Hispanic City of "El Tajín". During this full day tour, you will be able to see a vanilla factory where the first furnaces ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.00
Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

This is one of the most popular attractions in Veracruz. Take a break of the city in this full day tour and see a great variety of natural landscapes to ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.00
Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz

These cities are surrounded by the tallest volcano in the country "Pico de Orizaba" and enclose many nature and culture. During this tour, you will ...  Read more

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

From USD $97.00
Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

On this full day tour, discover an area well known for coffee plantations and traditional dishes like mole. Discover the history of the former hacienda “El ...  Read more

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

From USD $81.00
Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

Tlacotalpan is a town declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its building has a Spanish/Caribbean architecture. It also has a museum where some belongings of ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.00
Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

Head to the most interesting archaeological sites near the port with much history yet to be discovered. One of those is Quiahuiztlan, it was simultaneously a ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.00

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