Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Xalapa

Museo de Antropología

Set in spacious gardens off Avenida Xalapa, 4km northwest of the center, this remarkable museum (containing Mexico’s second-finest archaeological collection) is a work of art in its own right. The focus is on the ma…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Villa Rica

Quiahuiztlán

Perched like a mini–Machu Picchu on a plateau beneath a horn-shaped mountain, Quiahuiztlán is a pre-Hispanic Totonac town and necropolis. Counting 15,000 inhabitants at the time of Cortés’ arrival in 1519, its histo…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Tlapacoyan

El Cuajilote

This beautiful site consists of temples, platforms and shrines, partially reclaimed from the jungle, around a long, rectangular plaza, and dates back to AD 600–900 and was once home to peoples unknown. It's worth vi…
Top Choice Museum in Orizaba

Palacio de Hierro

The ‘Iron Palace’ is Orizaba’s fanciful art nouveau landmark. The palace’s interior has been converted into half a dozen small museums. Most notable are the Museo de la Cerveza, tracking Orizaba’s beer industry; the…
Top Choice Cable Car in Orizaba

Teleférico de Orizaba

This cable car rattles and sways visitors from its riverside site across from the Palacio Municipal right up to the top of the Cerro del Borrego hill (1240m) for incredible views over the city and easy access to hik…
Top Choice Waterfall in Xico

Cascada de Texolo

From Xico, it's a pleasant, signposted 3km walk (or short drive along a potholed road) past an ex-hacienda to the spectacular, plunging, 80m Cascada de Texolo. From the viewpoint, cross the bridge. A five-minute wal…
Top Choice Plaza in Veracruz City

Zócalo

Any exploration of Veracruz has to begin with its zócalo (also called the Plaza de Armas and Plaza Lerdo), the city’s unofficial outdoor ‘stage’ where inspired organized events overlap with the day-to-day improvisat…
Top Choice Museum in Veracruz City

Museo Histórico Naval

Occupying a former naval academy, this high-tech museum offers a titanic lesson in Mexico’s maritime heritage, with plenty of interactive displays and a beautiful layout. Displays run the gamut from pre-Colombian na…
Top Choice Museum in Coatepec

Museo El Cafétal Apan

If you want to learn a bit more about the history of coffee in the region, visit this excellent museum, which displays antique coffee-making tools alongside modern machinery. There are hands-on demonstrations showin…
Archaeological Site in Tlapacoyan

Vega de la Peña

Reachable only on foot and covering 8 sq km, Vega de la Peña is a seldom-visited, recently discovered site of a pre-Hispanic settlement that's been only partially excavated. It shows Olmec, Huastec, Totonac and Tolt…