Introducing Northern Veracruz
The northern half of Veracruz state, between the coast and southern fringes of the Sierra Madre Oriental, mainly consists of lush rolling pastureland. Laguna de Tamiahua is the region’s largest wetland, while the Gulf has some fine isolated (sometimes polluted) beaches. The major archaeological attraction is El Tajín.
At the regular army checkpoints along this coast the soldiers are usually very respectful toward tourists.
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
Learn about Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture at two important Totanac sites — the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of Papantla. This full-day trip takes you three hours north of Veracruz, where you’ll see El Tajín’s World Heritage-listed ruins with a guide, learning about its pyramids and plazas.