Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in El Tajín

El Tajín

No one knows for sure who built this mighty pre-Hispanic city of around 20,000 inhabitants (The Totonacs? The Huastecs?), which is why archaeologists refer to the civilization as Classic Veracruz. But one thing's fo…
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 Museum in Santiago Tuxtla

Museo de Sitio de Tres Zapotes

This museum, 21km west of Santiago Tuxtla, showcases important findings from the archaeological site of the same name, inhabited by the mysterious Olmec civilization for over 2000 years, from around 1200 BC to AD 10…
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 Waterfall in San Andrés Tuxtla

Salto de Eyipantla

Twelve kilometers southeast of San Andrés, in the eponymous village, a 250-step staircase leads down to the absolutely spectacular Salto de Eyipantla, a 50m-high, 40m-wide waterfall. To avoid the steps (and a soakin…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in El Tajín

Pirámide de los Nichos

El Tajín’s most emblematic structure, the beautifully proportioned Pyramid of the Niches, is just off the Plaza Menor. The six lower levels, each surrounded by rows of small square niches, climb to 18m. Archaeologis…
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 Ecoresort in Catemaco

Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga

On the northeast shore of the Laguna Catemaco, 8km from Catemaco, the well-established Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga preserves a small tract of rainforest. The grounds are replete with a temascal (traditional steam…
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…