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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

El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

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Knock out visits to two important sites of Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture—the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of Papantla—in one day on this guided trip from Veracruz. Wander through the pyramids and plazas of the UNESCO-listed El Tajín, learn about Mesoamerican history and discover the cultural treasures of Papantla, from its flying pole dancers to vanilla. Hassle-free hotel transport by van is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.00
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A long day well-spent

A long day trip from Heroica Veracruz lasting almost four hours each way but well worth it for us. Our guide Rafael Ortiz was excellent: very safe and skillful driver, so knowledgeable about the history of the period and culture of the Totonacos civilization, obviously proud of his heritage and a really good person. It would have been difficult to spend 10 hours with a guide we just met in the morning if he wasn't such a delight to be with. The ruins were different than others we have seen throughout Mexico so far. Although the pre-Hispanics were mostly trade oriented unlike the Aztecs, one can see the many cross-pollination of ideas and beliefs that were acquired through contact. Enjoyed a lovely lunch across from the Zocalo and a short tour of the town of Papantla before returning to Veracruz. Rafael was a relaxed and engaged guide throughout our entire time with him. His English is excellent. We recommend him without reservations.

Jade-S, Mar 2020

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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

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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.
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  • 5 hours
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$79.00
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Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

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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.
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  • 12 hours
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Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

Tlacotalpan World Heritage Site and Alvarado Day Trip

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Tlacotalpan is a popular Veracruz day trip, and this guided tour offers an easy way to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city in just one day. Along with a guide, learn about the city's Spanish and Caribbean architecture and visit the City Museum, before heading to Alvarado to check out the coastal trading town.
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  • 8 hours
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

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Enjoy fascinating architecture, archaeology and history on this guided day trip from Veracruz. With the help of an informative guide, discover the ruins of Quiahuiztlan, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. In the Mesoamerican archaeological site of Cempoala, walk by ancient temples and learn about the city’s invasion by Aztecs. Wrap up the day in La Antigua, Mexico’s first Spanish settlement. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 6 hours
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Magic Town - Coatepec, Xico And Xalapa In Veracruz

Magic Town - Coatepec, Xico And Xalapa In Veracruz

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You will visit the impressive Hacienda del Lencero, the incredible Anthropology Museum, the handicrafts house and the center of the city of Xalapa with its beautiful colonial buildings. You will visit the magical town of Xico with its beautiful waterfall, and Coatepec, colonial city "World Coffee Capital" and "Magical Town"
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  • 12 hours
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Los Colores del Café en las Fincas de Coatepec

Los Colores del Café en las Fincas de Coatepec

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Explore one of Mexico’s most charming towns, enjoy access to colonial haciendas and museums you might otherwise have overlooked, and sample some of the best Mexican coffee in the place where it’s produced during this full-day excursion to Coatepec. Don’t worry about time-consuming public transit either; instead, enjoy convenient transfers and your guide’s in-depth explanations, which you wouldn’t get alone.
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  • 10 hours
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Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

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Venture deep into the great outdoors during this action-packed day trip, which makes it easy to escape the city. You’ll have personalized attention from a private guide as you cover four different stops, from the largest head of the Olmec civilization to a secluded island inhabited by a lively monkey population. You’ll also climb to the top of a stunning waterfall and learn about Mexican biodiversity in an ecological park.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Uncover the treasures of the Los Tuxtlas region on this guided day trip from Veracruz. See giant Olmec heads in the town of Santiago Tuxtla and learn about one of Mexico’s most ancient civilizations. In Catemaco, admire the beauty of Catemaco Lake before strolling through a nature park in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve. Stop in San Andrés Tuxtla to visit a cigar factory, and see Salto de Eyipantla waterfall, a thundering cascade featured in many films.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$136.00
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Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico Day Trip from Veracruz

Xalapa, Coatepec and Xico Day Trip from Veracruz

This day trip from Veracruz takes you to three beautiful Mexican cities full of Spanish colonial architecture and history — Xalapa, Xico and Coatepec, designated a Pueblo Mágico, or Magic Town for its culturally significant characteristics. Ascend up to 10,000 feet (3,050 meters) in elevation as you travel from city to city, and learn about the region’s coffee production, admire Baroque churches and visit the 16th-century home of a former Mexican president. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
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  • 11 hours
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$127.00
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Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

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.
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  • 10 hours
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$83.12
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Mandinga Jarocho Taste

Mandinga Jarocho Taste

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Explore the historic coastal city of Veracruz on an affordable, half-day tour. Visit the oldest army base in Latin America, the 500-year-old San Juan de Ulua fort, and hear its legends from an informative guide. Experience the city’s rich culinary culture and musical traditions in the community of Mandinga. Then, cap off your introduction to Veracruz with a boat ride along its mangrove forested coastline.
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  • 5 hours
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$41.56
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Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz

Cordoba and Orizaba High Mountains Route Day Trip from Veracruz

Experience Veracruz’s history and culture on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, tour a historic coffee plantation and enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast. Explore the architecture of Cordoba with a visit to La Parroquia and other sites, and stop by the Gustave Eiffel-designed Palacio de Hierro in Orizaba. Enjoy a 3,008-foot (917-meter) cable car ride from Orizaba’s histoic center to the top of El cerro del borrego.
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  • 12 hours
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Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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Coscomatepec y Orizaba Pueblos Mágicos de las Altas Montañas

Coscomatepec y Orizaba Pueblos Mágicos de las Altas Montañas

Conoce los pueblos mágicos de la región de las Altas Montañas en Veracruz, encantadores pueblos rodeados por serranías, admira su arquitectura colonial, ademas de sus costumbres y tradiciones.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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City tour Xalapa Capital of Veracruz Day Trip

City tour Xalapa Capital of Veracruz Day Trip

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Includes: • Xalapa’s downtown • Anthropology Museum • Transportation, tickets and guide. Details: Meeting Point: Lobby of the client's hotel Start time: From 08-08:20 Closing time: 18:00                                Duration of excursion: 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

Alvarado and Tlacotalpan Day Trip from Veracruz

While in Veracruz, take a guided day trip to the historic towns of Tlacotalpan and Alvarado. Admire the beautiful colonial architecture of Alvarado and at the same time, gain insight into Mexico’s history after the Spanish conquest. In UNESCO-listed Tlacotalpan, see city landmarks and immerse yourself in the local art from the 19th and 20th centuries during visits to two charming museums. Hotel transport included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Tour into the Roots of Coffee in Veracruz

Full-Day Tour into the Roots of Coffee in Veracruz

Take a trip to discover delicious coffee roots in Veracruz, Mexico. ◆◆ Must-see coffee lovers! ◆◆ For customers who want to learn coffee in earnest, those who just love coffee, and those who want to know deeper Veracruz, why not go on a journey to explore the roots of coffee in Mexico? Step on the grounds of the coffee farm with your own feet and enjoy a memorable cup of coffee! Mexico is one of the world's leading coffee producing regions. Veracruz's coffee, one of the three major coffee beans producing regions in Mexico, boasts the highest quality in the world. Deep rich and noble taste and aroma of the features Veracruz coffee, while learning such as process and history of production, you can enjoy a coffee at the local ♪ ◆◆ coffee museums ◆◆ process of coffee production, dated from 19th century ◆◆ Of course, tasting of delicious coffee is also available ♪ ◆◆ The coffee brand "Bola de oro", founded in 1910, boasts the highest quality in the world.
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  • 12 hours
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$120.00
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Enjoy the coffee route in Coatepec Magical Town

Enjoy the coffee route in Coatepec Magical Town

Includes: ·        Roma farm in Coatepec ·        Café Bola de Oro’s old mill ·        Coffee tasting ·        Transportation, tickets and guide. Details: Meeting Point: Lobby of the client's hotel Start time: From 08:00-08:20 Closing time: 20:00                                 Duration of excursion: 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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$130.91
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Naolinco: Franciscans route Day Trip

Naolinco: Franciscans route Day Trip

Includes: ·         Evangelism route of the Franciscans friars. ·         Naolinco jewel of Veracruz ·         Culture House and San Mateo Apostol Church ·         Market of leather crafts ·         Transportation, tickets and guide. Details: Meeting Point: Lobby of the client's hotel Start time: From 08:00-08:20 Closing time: 20:00                        Duration of excursion: 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Veracruz Full-Day Sightseeing City Tour with Pickup

Veracruz Full-Day Sightseeing City Tour with Pickup

An efficient tour of beautiful and attractive Veracruz. ★ Abundant nature, magical villages, and the Xalapa Antropoogy Museum, famous for the megalithic Olmec statues! ◆◆ “Museo ex hacienda EL Lencero” ◆◆ A residence used as the villa of President Santa Ana in the 19th century. ◆◆ Halapa's Museum of Humans (Museo de antropologia) ◆◆ At the Museum of Anthropology, which is the center of tourism in Xalapa, you must see the megalithic statue of the Olmec people. It is the second largest and most important museum in Mexico. We invite you to travel through the magnificent history of Mexico. ◆◆ Sightseeing in the city of Coatepec ◆◆ Coatepec, the oldest coffee producing area in Mexico, is famous for its cute streets and many stylish cafes. ◆◆ Sightseeing in the city of "Xico" ◆◆ Hiko is a small colonial city and is called the Magic Village. ◆◆ Sightseeing of Tesoro Falls (Cascada de Texolo en Xico) ◆◆ Tour of Tesoro Falls, which is located right next to the village of Hiko.
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  • 10 hours
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Magic Town - Papantla And Tajin In Veracruz

Magic Town - Papantla And Tajin In Veracruz

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Tajín is the most impressive Ceremonial center of the totonaca culture at Veracruz, lately rediscovered and fabulous installations. Papantla is a very important vanilla producer, which is used to make typical handicrafts and liquors from that region. * Time for lunch is Tajín or at the Emerald Coast beach.
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  • 13 hours
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Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of Veracruz

Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour of Veracruz

◆ Tour around the classic Veracruz where you can enjoy historic buildings, cheerful music and beautiful beaches Veracruz, the oldest colonial city in Mexico, faces the Gulf of Mexico. Veracruz was the first Spanish to land in Mexico three years before becoming a Spanish colony. Later, the military base fortress "San Juan de Urua" was built. In addition, in the colonial streets with a long history, lively downtown where music can be heard ♪ Also, at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico, there is a "Boca del Rio" area with modern hotels and restaurants! Discover Veracruz's sights quickly and efficiently and discover the history and lively atmosphere of Mexico. For delicious seafood, we also recommend the world famouos Veracruz coffee♪
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  • 9 hours
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Full-Day Tour to El Tajin and Vanilla Factory from Veracruz

Full-Day Tour to El Tajin and Vanilla Factory from Veracruz

◆ Exploring the World Heritage site of Ertahin and the origin of vanilla ◆ Ertahin is a world heritage ancient city ruins with unique pyramids and ball play areas. "Tahin" means lightning and lightning in the local Totonaka language, and is said to have been built between 600 and 700 years. In Papantra, the town at the foot of the ruins, you can also see the religious ceremonial "Boradores" in which a person hanging upside down from a pillar up to 30 meters high descends while rotating toward the ground. Furthermore, this area is the origin of vanilla! It is a full-scale tour that allows you to visit the local vanilla factory. * You will be guided to the lunch venue during the tour, but you will have to pay the fee yourself.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.00
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