Veracruz is one of Mexico’s most interesting and exciting states. It offers something for nearly every traveler: white water rafting, museum hopping, pre-Hispanic archaeological sites, sport fishing, great coffee, music, culture, the chance to visit a witch doctor, and, as experienced on a recent visit, some very nice hotels. Here are two worth visiting: Hotel Emporio Veracruz and Hotel Isla Tajin.
Between the urban sophistication of Mexico City and the rumble of the port of Veracruz lies the highland charmer Xalapa, with misty mornings gazing over lush green hills, a thriving art scene, the hip energy of a university crowd, and a café culture that would do Seattle proud.
If you’re looking for an oasis in the desert, Cuatro Ciénegas is the place for you. Declared a protected area in 1994, this biological nature reserve has a labyrinth of underground springs and rivers, which form crystalline pozos (pools). More >>