Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Xalapa

Museo de Antropología

Set in spacious gardens on the west side of Avenida Xalapa, 4km northwest of the center, the building that encases this remarkable museum (containing Mexico’s second-finest archaeological collection) is a work of ar…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Punta Villa Rica

Quiahuiztlán

Perched like a mini–Machu Picchu on a plateau beneath a horn-shaped mountain (the Cerro de Metates), Quiahuiztlán (place of the rains) is a pre-Hispanic Totonac town and necropolis. Counting 15,000 inhabitants at th…
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

Orizaba's newest attraction (opened in 2014) is this cable car, which rattles and sways visitors from its riverside site across from the Palacio Municipal right up to the top of the Cerro del Borrego hill for incred…
Top Choice Plaza in Veracruz City

Zócalo

Any exploration of Veracruz has to begin in 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 improvisatio…
Top Choice Museum in Veracruz City

Museo Histórico Naval

Occupying a former naval academy, the Museo Histórico Naval has had a recent overhaul and some of the dusty old exhibits have become exciting, interactive displays that offer a titanic lesson in Mexico’s maritime he…
Top Choice Plaza in Córdoba

Parque de 21 de Mayo

You don't come to Córdoba’s main plaza to tick off a list of 'sights.' You come here to live life. The square vies with Veracruz city's as the region’s most jazzy and vibrant. It’s far larger than the port city’s pl…
Top Choice Indigenous Culture in El Tajín

Voladores Performances

A 30m high voladores pole stands outside the entrance to the ruins. Totonacs perform the voladores rite (which was traditionally carried out only once a year) three times per day beside the visitor center. Before th…
Archaeological Site in Zempoala

Zempoala Archaeological Site

The Zempoala (Cempoala) Archaeological Site is a quiet and fairly impressive site, with a lovely mountain backdrop. The monuments at the site have undergone extensive renovation works. Although this makes it easier …
Archaeological Site in El Tajín

El Tajín Chico

The path north toward Plaza El Tajín Chico passes the Juego de Pelota Norte (Northern Ball Court), which is smaller and older than the southern court and bears fainter carvings on its sides.El Tajín Chico was the go…