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Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

1. Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

Start the tour at the Coffee Museum and learn about the history of Mexican coffee. Then head to Cordoba, the renowned 'City of the 30 Knights'. See the main square where most of the buildings of architectural and historic value are located included the City Hall, La Parroquia, and the Zevallos Portal where the Treaty of Cordoba was signed. Continue on to the historic center of Orizaba which was founded in the 16th-century. Visit the art museum and the Palacio de Hierro, a building structure that was brought from Belgium. Ride the cable car for a panoramic view of the city.

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Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

2. Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

Join this journey to Chachalacas Beach, where 550 acres of sand dunes offer excitement to visitors. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean that will make you want to stay and relax for the whole day. Have fun on a quad bike as you drive through the sand dunes and feel the adrenaline running throughout your body. Your journey continues with a visit to the small town of La Antigua. Learn about the history of the first city council and church in all of Mexico and see the house of Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes.

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Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

3. Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

Discover the beauty of the Port of Veracruz with this tour that combines history, culture, natural attractions, and colonial buildings. Start your tour at San Juan de Ulua, one of Latin America's oldest fortresses, where you will learn about the birth of America's first town hall. After visiting the fort, explore the city's main points of interest, including the Maritime Customs Building, the old train station, and the Post Office building. Later, visit the famous Malecon, a beautiful seaside promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Afterward, visit the Boca del Rio zone, a booming area that combines modern buildings with a rich history. Finish your tour at the Veracruz Aquarium and spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Watch entertaining dolphin shows and see a range of aquatic animals such as sharks, penguins, and jellyfish.

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From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

4. From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

Discover the pre-Hispanic City of “El Tajín”. During this guided tour, you will be able to admire the impressive architecture of the Totonac city north of Veracruz. Its interesting architecture consists of pyramids, palaces, and several ball game courts. Explore the sites' museum, exhibiting pieces found in the area, as well as a pleasant garden with tropical plants. At the end of the visit, you can enjoy the fabulous pre-Hispanic ritual “Los Voladores de Papantla” or “Dance of the Flyers” and buy typical crafts of the region. You will also visit a factory where you'll see the vanilla plantations and how this orchid is processed. The plant is native to this region, and at one time, the municipality of Papantla was the only place in the world where vanilla could be produced — gaining the name “The city that perfumes the world”.

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From Veracruz: Xalapa Guided Tour with Coffee Museum Visit

5. From Veracruz: Xalapa Guided Tour with Coffee Museum Visit

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Xalapa on this day trip. Start your trip with a guided tour of the Xalapa city center, where flowers and culture await you around every corner. In the company of your local guide, discover the city's lakes, alleyways, and colorful buildings. Later, visit the Museum of Anthropology, considered the second most important Museum of Archeology in Mexico. Walk through the museum examining the 1000s of artifacts housed inside and delve into the rich culture of Mexico. Finish your tour with a drive through the coffee plantations on the outskirts of the city to reach the coffee museum. Here, learn all about the region's coffee-making history and savor a cup of freshly-brewed coffee.

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From Veracruz: Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala & La Antigua Tour

6. From Veracruz: Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala & La Antigua Tour

Learn about the history of Mexico on a guided day tour. Your tour includes three major sites. Quiahuiztlán, which means “place of the rain,” is named due to the natural runoff in the hilltop of Metates, resembling petrified rain in basaltic rock. It was simultaneously a city, cemetery, and fort. In addition, you will get to explore the site considered the capital of the Totonac Empire, Cempoala. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the center of the state. The town of Antigua is historically important as it was the site of the first encounter between Spanish and Indians. Here you will visit the ruins of the Cortes house and the Rosary chapel, the first Catholic chapel in Mexico.

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From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

7. From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Veracruz at 8 AM and take a 2.5-hour drive to Santiago Tuxtla. First, pay a visit to the largest Olmec Stone Head in the region. After marveling at this colossal object, take a 20-minute drive to the Santa Clara cigar factory for a 1-hour tour. Learn about the step-by-step process of making 100% handmade cigars. Next, set off to Eyipantla, where you will find El Salto de Eyipantla, a spectacular waterfall which is more than 50 m high and 40 m wide. Explore this Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy direct contact with nature while you descend the 244-step staircase that takes you to the waterfall. Don't worry, every 15 steps there is a space to rest. When you reach the bottom, be amazed by the magnitude of the crashing water and enjoy a packed lunch (not provided) amongst mulatto trees and fauna of this region. Finally, visit Catemaco, a village next to the magnificent lagoon which is home to shamans, sorcerers, and healers. Enjoy a boat ride through the lagoon, visiting the spider monkey island, macaque island, and heron island. At the end of the day, take a 3-hour return drive back to Veracruz where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

8. Veracruz: 5-Attraction Tour with Aquarium and Boat Tour

Aquarium Square of Veracruz will be the starting point of your fortress of San Juan de Ulúa tour. You will first be transported in a picturesque streetcar whilst being delighted by nearby historical monuments. You will then tour the interior of the enclosure with a guided tour. Upon returning to Aquarium Square at 3:30PM, you can enter the Aquarium of Veracruz which exhibits a wide variety of marine species, and is nowadays considered one of the most important aquariums in Latin America. Afterwards, you will have the chance to taste the traditional gastronomy in the charming, mangrove-surrounded village of Mandinga, an important port city in Veracruz. Your package will include a boat tour of Mandinga, which you will have the opportunity to exchange for tickets to the wax museum, Ripley's museum, rotating tunnel, mirror maze, and 4D travel. There you can take photographs with your favorite characters, and in addition can enjoy the Rotating Tunnel, an incredible optical illusion that defies your sense of balance. You can also entertain yourself in trying to find the exit, as you see your figure reflected over and over again around you. Your tour also includes entrance to the Simulator 4D (Fantastic Journey), and at nightfall, you will be able to board another tram to take a tour around the historical center of Veracruz with a scenic walk. Along the way, you can enjoy a diverse combination of local music, dancing, and history. Your tour will eventually conclude later in the evening, at approximately 7:30PM.

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From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

9. From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to the charming towns of Alvarado and Tlacotalpan and experience a day full of colorful architectures and folklore. Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to the first stop for 1.5-hours. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the Port of Alvarado, an important fishing village that in ancient times was the entry gate for slaves and pirates. Meet the friendly people of this town and visit the traditional central square. The mischief and happiness of the locals will keep you with a big smile. Enjoy a drink at one of the various cocktail bars and savor delicious local specialties at your own expense.  Then, head to Tlacotalpan City which was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In this beautiful village, you will find musical events, gastronomy, and handicraft. Visit the Agustín Lara Museum, the church of La Virgen de la Candelaria with its colorful altarpieces and walls, and the parish of San Cristóbal, a true relic. Before you finish the tour, enjoy a tour around the calm waters of the Papaloapan River. Take in spectacular views of the village and relax during a boat ride as you watch the sunset. The tour ends at 5 PM.

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From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

10. From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to Xalapa for 1.5-hours. When you arrive, gain an introduction to the city known as a 'pueblos mágicos', and learn everything you wanted to know about the famous local coffee known as 'veracruzano'. Find out why the city was named 'The Flowers City' due to its gardens and fog, and is also known as 'Atenas Veracruzana' due to its culture and history. Then, visit the Anthropological Museum of Xalapa which contains the 2nd most important prehispanic Mesoamérica collections in the world including Olmeca, Totonaca, and Huasteca objects. After this, stop in El Lencero Hacienda, an old building full of colonial-era furniture, objects, and utensils set amongst stunning gardens and courtyards. Next, visit the villages of Xico and Coatepec, which have also both been appointed as 'pueblos mágicos' as part of a Federal program that recognizes cultural, gastronomic, and artistic traditions. Find out how Xico is known for its fiestas patronales, traditions, and delicious local dishes such as 'mole'. Also visit the famous Cascada de Texolo, surrounded by growth. Finally, discover why Coatepec is famous for its world-famous coffee on a visit to the coffee museum. Learn about the process of making coffee from bean to cup, as well as gaining an understanding for the traditions and culture that surrounds drinking it. At the end of the tour, return to Veracruz where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

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