Top Day Trips from Veracruz

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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Catemaco and Los Tuxtlas Natural Adventure Day Trip

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.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

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. Hotel transport by van included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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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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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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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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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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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 the musician and composer Agustin Lara are displayed. Absorb the seaside atmosphere in Alvarado where the purchase and sale of seafood is the most common.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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ALVARADO AND TLACOTALPAN TOUR

The Tour to Tlacotalpan and Alvarado you will show you two charming towns of the state of Veracruz, full of colorful and folklore. The tour starts at the Port of Alvarado, nowadays is an important waterway and source of  fish that used to be a slave entrance gate and a main pirate base. This picturesque port stands out for its friendly population and traditional central plaza.Then you will visit the city of Tlacotalpan, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being the cradle of local culture.
  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
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  • Duration: 10 to 13 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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 visit the Ex- Hacienda Guadalupe and Cordoba, where you will find most of the buildings of architectural and historic value. Then, see Orizaba which has a unique building called the “Palacio de Hierro” and whose structure was brought from Belgium. You'll also visit the Art Museum or the cable car. Your tour includes tickets, transportation and a guide.
  • Duration: 12 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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