23 days in Veracruz Itinerary

23 days in Veracruz Itinerary

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Fly to El Lencero Airport, Drive to Orizaba
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Orizaba
— 6 nights
Drive
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Catemaco
— 4 nights
Drive
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Papantla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Xalapa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Veracruz
— 5 nights
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Orizaba

— 6 nights
Orizaba is a city and municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Explore Orizaba's surroundings by going to El Cofre de Perote (in Perote) and Cordoba (Hacienda San Francisco Toxpan, Parque 21 de mayo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Poliforum Mier y Pesado, walk around Expo Parque de los Dinosaurios, admire the striking features of Iron Palace, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral De San Miguel Arcangel.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Orizaba travel route planning site.

Tijuana to Orizaba is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Tijuana to Orizaba, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Catemaco.

Things to do in Orizaba

Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Catemaco

— 4 nights
Catemaco is a city in Catemaco Municipality located in the south of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Explore Catemaco's surroundings by going to El Museo Tuxteco (in Santiago Tuxtla) and Tlacotalpan (Casa de la Cultura Agustin Lara & Parque Zaragoza). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Nanciyaga, look for gifts at Puros Santa Clara, admire the sheer force of Salto de Eyipantla, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Ecologica La Otra Opcion.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Catemaco vacation builder tool.

Getting from Orizaba to Catemaco by car takes about 4 hours. January in Catemaco sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Papantla.

Things to do in Catemaco

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Papantla

— 2 nights
Papantla is a city and municipality located in the north of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, in the Sierra Papanteca range and on the Gulf of Mexico. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll around Eco Park Xanath - Papantla, then delve into the distant past at El Tajin, and then stroll around Parque Israel C. Tellez. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Museo Teodoro Cano and then take an in-depth tour of Museo El Tajin.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Papantla trip planner.

Getting from Catemaco to Papantla by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Papantla can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Xalapa.

Things to do in Papantla

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Xalapa

— 5 nights
Xalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Xalapa: River Rafting & Tubing (in Jalcomulco), Xico (Cascada de Texolo & Parroquia de Santa Maria Magdalena) and Museo de La Orquidea (in Coatepec). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, take a peaceful walk through Jardin Botanico Francisco Javier Clavijero, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada el Encanto, and hunt for treasures at Callejon del Diamante.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Xalapa using our trip planner.

Drive from Papantla to Xalapa in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Veracruz.

Things to do in Xalapa

Parks · Nature · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Veracruz

— 5 nights
Veracruz, officially known as Heroica Veracruz, is a major port city and municipality on the Gulf of Mexico in the Mexican state of Veracruz. Veracruz is known for zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at San Juan de Ulua, explore the ancient world of Baluarte Santiago, learn about all things military at Museo Naval Mexico, and see the interesting displays at Wax Museum of Veracruz.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Veracruz online tour planner.

You can drive from Xalapa to Veracruz in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Veracruz

Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Veracruz travel guide

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Aquariums · Landmarks · Castles
Though it features a long coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, Veracruz remains off the radar for most foreign visitors. A slim crescent of land a day trip away from Mexico City, this eastern state boasts several major archaeological sites, rarely crowded yet packed with history. A holiday in Veracruz lets your experience the less-traveled side of the country, where it's easy to soak up the local culture by trying out traditional culinary specialties and touring the area's quaint colonial towns. Most travelers begin their adventure in the port city of Veracruz, eastern Mexico's major hub of tourism with good shopping, dining, and entertainment options.