Ways to Celebrate Veracruz Carnival (Carnaval de Veracruz)

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Veracruz hosts Mexico’s largest Carnival celebrations with nine days of special events, parades, and parties taking over the city in the run up to Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. Here are a few ways to join the festivities.

  • Admire the colorful floats, intricate costumes, and comparsa dancing groups at the spectacular Carnival parades.
  • Enjoy the nightly live music, dancing troupes, and jarocho shows at the Zócalo in Veracruz city center.
  • Experience ancient Carnival traditions such as the Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Mood), the burning of the Juan Carnaval effigy, and the coronation of the Carnival queen.
  • If you can’t celebrate Carnival in Veracruz, head to Mazatlán on the Pacific Coast, where Carnival festivities include elaborate parades, street parties, and live entertainment 
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Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

The pre-Hispanic city of El Tajín is home to remarkably well-preserved ancient sites, including pyramids, palaces, and ball courts. On this fully narrated, small group tour, you’ll explore these well-preserved sites, see a pre-Hispanic “Dance of the Flyers” ritual, and visit a vanilla factory and plantation to learn about the growing, harvesting, and processing of the vanilla orchid.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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$90.00 USD
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

The top sites of Veracruz and surrounding areas are all laid out for you on this guided 5-hour combo tour. Discover San Juan de Ulúa, a fortress dating back to 1565. In the tree-lined town of La Antigua, the first Spanish settlement in Mexico, you’ll see the first Catholic church in the Americas. Pass through Veracruz’s Zocalo, its picturesque main square and drive through the upscale, neighboring city of Boca del Río. Bonus: Round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Cempoala Ruins and La Antigua Day Trip from Veracruz

On this half-day guided tour from Veracruz, travel to Cempoala, site of Mesoamerican archaeological ruins, and La Antigua, the first Spanish settlement in Mexico. An informative guide brings to light Mexico’s history as you walk by Cempoala’s ancient temples and the idyllic streets of La Antigua. Visit Hernán Cortés’ house and Ermita del Rosario, the very first Catholic church in all the Americas.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

Spend a pleasant morning getting to know the city of Veracruz on this 3-hour guided tour. Enter San Juan de Ulúa, one of Veracruz’s most popular landmarks, and learn about the 16th-century fortress before it was converted to a presidential home. Stroll along the 'malecón,' or boardwalk, and see city highlights like the Zocalo and the Old Customs building. Wrap up your sightseeing with a drive through the well-heeled district of Boca del Río before being transported back to your hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

A guided day trip is an easy way to see the archaeological sites of Veracruz without the hassle of navigating public transit. In addition to explaining the purpose of the unmarked Quiahuiztlan and Cempoala ruins, your guide brings you to the highlights of Antigua, the oldest colonial town in Mexico. With round-trip hotel transport, the tour is a popular choice for visitors passing through Veracruz.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$71.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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XALAPA AND PUEBLOS MAGICOS: XICO AND COATEPEC TOUR

Our Tour Xalapa, Xico, Coatepec and the Coffe will let you know more about the capital of Veracruz, Magical towns, and all you wanted to know about its famous café veracruzano. It was named “la Ciudad de las Flores” because of its garden and fog. Also known as “Atenas Veracruzana” because of its culture and history
  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
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$90.63 USD
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  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
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Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

Experience Mexico’s coffee tradition and impressive pueblos magicos on this full-day guided tour. Save time with convenient hotel pickup and drop off and travel in a comfortable, climate-controlled minivan. See the hacienda that once belonged to Antonio López de Santa Anna, the notorious former military leader and president, cruise through coffee farms and visit the picturesque colonial towns of Xico and Coatepec, one of the region’s most important coffee producers.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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