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1. Veracruz: Aquatic Park with Transfers
Experience the adrenaline and fun of the Aquatic Park Irbursa. You will have the opportunity to use all of the attractions and enjoy the best theme park that Mexico has to offer for all the family. You can experience such highlights as the Slow River, which has a 1,476-square-foott pool dedicated so that visitors can be on the water the whole day. You can also experience the Wave Pool, as well as the Super Bowl and the Constructor, which are both high-level thrill rides. Other attractions in the park include the Adrenaline Tower, the Master Blaster, the Boomerang, and the Kids Zone, which is a dedicated space for kids with small slides and the easy going river.
2. 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.
3. 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”.
4. 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.
5. Veracruz: Sandboarding on the Dunes at Chachalacas Beach
The trip starts with pickup from your accommodation in Veracruz then heads out to Chachalacas Beach where your adventure begins. The beach is home to 550 hectares of sand dunes as well as spectacular views of the ocean and out across the Gulf of Mexico. Admire the breathtaking landscapes where the sea mixes with sand formations and resembles a huge desert. Time to get surfing as you hop on board and glide along the dunes. Feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you sail across the sand with the wind in your hair. After a fun few hours of surfing on the dunes, enjoy a relaxing walk along Chachalacas Beach and some free time to take photos of the incredible landscape.
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.
7. 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 favori...
8. Tlacotalpan & Alvarado Day Trip
Get to know a pair of charming historic cities that show off the idyllic local life around Veracruz. This tour brings you to the colorful colonial-style buildings of Tlacotalpan and the scenic fishing community of Alvarado, beautiful examples of small-town life on the shores of eastern Mexico. Tlacotalpan, it is a historic port on the Papaloapan River that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known as the Pearl of Papaloapan, the city is filled with well-preserved architecture dating back to the colonial period, when its harbor received large sailing ships and schooners from across the Atlantic. This town with well-preserved architecture and traditions. It's time to visit the coastal trade city of Alvarado. Known for its seafood, coffee, and sugar, the city shows off a wealth of beautiful riverine carpentry that you can admire.
9. Veracruz: Full-Day Boat Ride and Tour of La Antigua
Enjoy a day filled with culture, history, and fun for the whole family on this boat and walking tour of La Antigua and the Huitzilapan river. Meet your guide at the Mexican Hispanic Club in La Antigua and hop on board for a ride down the historical Hutzilapan. Learn about the exciting history of the area, and discover the house of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés. Embark on a pleasant exploratory walk towards the mouth of the river where you can continue your stroll down the beach or along the river's shore.
10. 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 ...
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