La Antigua Tours

La Antigua
Considered by many to be the first true Spanish town in all of Mexico, La Antigua is the home of Hernan Cortes, who led the expedition that ended the Aztec Empire. His house, which was built in 1523, draws travelers from across the globe who seek a window into Mexico’s incredible—and sometimes bloody—past. Today, Cortes’s home, built of coral and stone, is wrapped thick with vines and overgrown with tree roots. 

In addition to Cortes’s family home, the oldest church in the Americas, as well as Edificio del Cabildo—which held the first city council—are both located in La Antigua. Travelers can walk through what remains of the Cavalry Lancers’ garrison, where ready troops were once stationed to defend the town, or explore the Spanish colonial architecture hidden in the landscape of this sleepy town. 

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La Antigua is about a half hour north of Veracruz City. A Xalapa-bound bus from Veracruz stops about 15 minutes away from La Antigua and costs less than US$2 each way.
Address: La Antigua, Veracruz, Mexico
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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
  • Duration: 5 hours
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US$83.00
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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US$112.00
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