Parque Juárez


Xalapa's central main square doubles as a terrace, with its south side overlooking the valley below and, in clear weather, the snowcapped cone of Pico de Orizaba beckoning in the distance. Greener and better kept than most other plazas in Mexico, you’ll find monkey puzzle trees and manicured hedges among the shoe-shiners, snack stalls, balloon sellers and wandering minstrels.

On its lower levels look for the gallery El Ágora de la Ciudad, which also screens art-house movies; the giant mosaic sculpture of the plumed serpent Quetzalcoatl that doubles as a kids' climbing frame and slide; and the 1931 sculptures of the Virtues: strength, justice, prudence and temperance.

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1. El Ágora de la Ciudad

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This modern municipal art gallery, hosting a variety of temporary exhibitions, includes an auditorium that is used for film screenings and other events.

2. Pinacoteca Diego Rivera

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This small gallery houses a modest collection of Rivera’s works, and also exhibits paintings by other Mexican artists.

3. Museo Casa de Xalapa

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For a quick exposé of Xalapan history, head to this museum in an old colonial house close to Parque Juárez. Exhibits (in Spanish) run the gamut from…

5. Palacio de Gobierno

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Veracruz' state government occupies a palatial neoclassical building. On its north and east facades, under the arcades, are superb murals depicting…

6. Catedral Metropolitana

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A mélange of neo-Gothic and baroque, Xalapa’s cathedral lacks a second tower but still impresses with its scale and grandiosity. The architecture makes…

7. Casa de Lago

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Check out what's on at the cultural center of Universidad Veracruzana – there are often free concerts and other events in the evenings as well as…

8. Parque Paseo de los Lagos

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Xalapeños escape the monstrous traffic just south of Parque Juárez in this serendipitous park, which has 3km of delightful lakeside paths, most commonly…