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…
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Ex-Hacienda El Lencero

Almost as old as New Spain itself, this former posada was initiated in 1525 by Juan Lencero, a soldier loyal to Hernán Cortés, and served as a resting place for tired travelers toiling between a newly Europeanized M…
Village in Xalapa

Naolinco de Victoria

A worthy day trip from Xalapa, Naolinco is a 33km drive north of the city. Apart from its Parroquía San Mateo, it has a viewpoint overlooking the waterfall just south of the village, and its artesanos (craftsmen) ar…
Plaza in Xalapa

Parque Juárez

Xalapa's central main square feels like a terrace, with its south side overlooking the valley below and the snowcapped cone of Pico de Orizaba beckoning in the distance. Greener and better kept than most other plaza…
Cathedral in Xalapa

Catedral Metropolitana

An unfinished masterpiece, Xalapa’s cathedral lacks a second tower but still impresses with its scale and grandiosity. Moreover, rather than compensating for its steep hillside position, the architecture makes full …
Park in Xalapa

Parque Paseo de los Lagos

Xalapans escape the monstrous traffic just south of Parque Juárez in this serendipitous park, which has 3km of delightful lakeside paths, most commonly used for jogging (and making out). At its northern end is the C…
Church in Xalapa

Parroquia de San José

In the learned San José quarter, this church dates from 1770 and confirms Xalapa’s penchant for asymmetrical one-towered religious edifices. Architecturally, it displays an unusual blend of baroque and Mudejar style…
Gallery in Xalapa

Galería de Arte Contemporáneo

The town’s contemporary art gallery is in a renovated colonial building 1km east of the center. Showing an interesting range of temporary exhibitions, such as abstract ceramics by Gloria Carasco, it also has a small…
Park in Xalapa

Parque Ecológico Macuiltépetl

Atop a hill north of the city, this 40-hectare park is actually the heavily wooded cap of an extinct volcano. Spiraling to the top, the park’s paths are a treasure for the city’s robust fraternity of joggers, and pr…
Museum in Xalapa

Museo Casa de Xalapa

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 prehistory to the growth and urbanization of Xalapa, the city's cu…