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Veracruz

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'''Veracruz''' is a large city in the state of [[Veracruz (state)|Veracruz]] in [[Central Mexico]]. The locals call their city "Puerto" (port) to differentiate the city from the state of Veracruz. The Port of Veracruz remains the core of its economy. It is known also famous for perhaps the best its nightlife in the state, and its spacious downtown area near the harbor (zocalo) comes alive with music and dancing with a strong Cuban influence. Highlights are the annual carnival celebrations around February when the party atmosphere is particularly raucous and hotel rooms become difficult to find.
Veracruz City has a rich history. It has been the main gate of the country for sae travelers and products since its foundation. In this region the Spanish got in Mexico in the XVI century and remain for three centuries changing for ever all the region that now is Mexico. The San Juan de Ulua fortress located in an Island in from of the city, was the last place where the Spanish were combated in the XIX Century. Veracruz population has been faced four alien invasions, where they defended the city and got for it the title of "Four times Heroic". ==Understand==
There is some pretty architecture Veracruz has a rich history. It has been the main gate of the country for sea travelers and products since its foundation. In this region, the Spanish first entered Mexico in the city16th century and remained for three centuries, including two historic fortessforever changing the region. About 20 km northwest from Puerto Veracruz, several museums in a town known as well as those historical building La Antingua Veracruz, Hernán Cortés first landed in the "Malecon"Mexico. A few beaches can Veracruz would be found north one of Veracruz but the beaches main ports of the Spanish Treasure Fleets. From its harbor, Mexican silver and the Asian silks, porcelain and water are not very clean; beach lovers might want to go north to spices of the [[TecolutlaAcapulco]] or south to -[[Los TuxtlasManila]]galleon trade were loaded onto galleons for transport to Spain. San Juan de Ulua fortress, located on an island off the city's coast, was built in the 16th century to guard against pirate attacks. It was the scene of the final stand of Spanish colonialism in the New Spain, being occupied by Spanish soldiers for four years after Mexico's War of Independence. Veracruz has witnessed four foreign invasions, earning the city the title 'Cuatro Veces Heroica' "Four times Heroic". Two of these attacks led to full-scale invasions of Mexico which retraced the route of Cortés, by the U.S. in 1847 and France in 1862.
About 20 km northwest from Veracruz city is Despite its status as the oldest European settlement on the point at which [[Hernan Cortez]] originally landed in Mexico. The Port American mainland, much of Veracruz remains the core of its economycolonial city was destroyed by invasions. The locals call their city "Puerto" (port) to differentiate the city from walls were demolished during the state era of VeracruzPorfirio Diaz.==Understand==Local language However, there issome significant historic architecture, of course, Spanish. More than half (but not all) of the hospitality workers we encountered spoke English.Local people is know as "jarochos"including two historic fortresses, this denomination is not only for the people of the city but for the whole region of the State of Veracruz known as "Llanuras de Sotavento". The jarochos are very friendly people that love to be outdoors. Because of the weatherseveral museums, almost between 25 and 32 degree Celsius the people is very social. But historical buildings in some months between January and March there are high winds from the North up to 120 Km/h, they are known as "nortesMalecon.".
==Get in==A few beaches can be found north of Veracruz has a little international airport and a bus station. Is is connected with an important road with Mexico City through the Cordoba City and it has other important roads, one cross but the Golf of Mexico coast beaches and other one water are not very clean; beach lovers might want to go north to Xalapa, the capital of the State[[Tecolutla]] or south to [[Los Tuxtlas]].
Only US city to fly direct Local language is from Houston, Tx via Continental Airlinesof course, Spanish. There More than half (but not all) of the hospitality workers speak English.Local people are many options from other Mexican citiesknown as "jarochos." This denomination is not only for the people of the city but for the whole region of the State of Veracruz, most notably Mexico Cityknown as "Llanuras de Sotavento." The jarochos are friendly people who love to be outdoors. The airport weather is about 10km west of downtownmild, averaging between 25 and 32 degree Celsius, but between January and March high winds from the north known as "nortes" can reach up to 120 Km/h.
Railway ==Get in==Veracruz has a small international airport. The only direct US flights are from Houston, Texas via Continental Airlines or Dallas-Fort Worth via American Airlines. There are many options from other Mexican cities, including Mexico City. The airport is not working for passengers since about 199510km west of downtown. The ADO bus station is located a short distance from the city centre. The bus trip from Mexico City TAPO terminal (located next to the San Lazaro metro station) takes 5 1/2 hours. The bus trip from Puebla takes 3-4 hours.
You can drive with a comfortable bus from the bus hub located at the Metro stop San Lazaro Railway has not been in Mexico City. The trip takes around 5 1/2 hours. You can also take a Bus from Puebla which takes 3-4 hoursoperation for passengers since about 1995.
==Get around==
When arriving Arriving at the bus station, you one can buy a voucher for a taxi which then will drive in front of the bus station. The station is located on "Tuero Molina" street and "20 de Noviembre" avenueSalvador Diaz Miron Street. The bus station is located only about 10 blocks (1 km) from one of the main turistical places tourist attractions of the Citycity, "Villa del Mar."It is about a 40-minute walk from the Zocalo.
Taxis
In relation with developed countries, taxis Taxis are very cheapinexpensive. A journey cost costs between 2.50 and 5.00 USD according to the your zone that you want destination. Passengers are advised to go. But you must agree to the cost before you get in the entering a taxi. Be sure to take only good condition autos with air condition.
Walking
==See==
* <see name="San Juan de Ulúa Castle" alt="" address="Zona portuaria" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Tu - Su, 9:00am - 5:30pm" price="">, the entry fee is 41 pesos (group or student rates are also available). Last fortress of the Spanish Empire, later used as a prision during Porfirio Díaz' government, known as one of the most cruel prisons of that time, you can hear horror stories of torture. The castle is located near the piers near . While it is physically quite close to downtown and you can , it is not possible to access it walkingon foot. You will need to take a tour or get there by taxi (this will cost around 50 pesos).</see>
* <see name="Baluarte de Santiago" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Last standing part from the wall that used to sorround surround the old city.</see>
* <see name="Museo Agustin Lara" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The former house of famous music writer Agustin Lara, now is made a museum.</see>
* <see name="Downtown" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">To watch people dance "danzon" a traditional cuban music adopted in Veracruz. You can see the cathedral and enjoy a drink at Los Portales.</see>
* <see name="Boulevard" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">Walk seeing the seesea, or run, skate, bike by the boulevard.</see>
*Malecon
*Villa del Mar
==Do==
* <do name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax=""></do>
*<do name="Acuario de Veracruz" alt="" address="Blvd. Manuel Ávila Camacho s/n Col. Flores Magón C.P. 91900. Veracruz" directions="" phone="(229) 931-1020" url="http://www.acuariodeveracruz.com/" hours="" price="100 Adults" lat="" long="">This is a very impressive collection of different fish and sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. They have a dophin show at 11.00 and 13.00. </do>
 
==Do==
* <do name="amphibian" alt="" address="Lerdo 117" directions="" phone="(229) 931 0997" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.amphibianveracruz.com" hours="" price="">Offer activities like rafting, snorkeling, gotcha. Also offered in English, special prices for groups.</do>
==Buy==
==Eat==
Meals depend on where you eat, you can eat great sea food in Boca del Rio and Mandinga and Alvarado (but for this last one you have to travel about 45 minutes). Look for the Palapas (huts) and you can have a great meal for little money.
Meals depend on where you eat, you can eat great sea food Jarocho cuisine is unique among Mexico's regional cuisines in Boca del Rio its pronounced Spanish and Mandinga Afro-Caribbean influences. The long coastlines make Veracruz a seafood paradise. Seafood dishes include octopus and Alvarado red snapper (huachinango) prepared a la veracruzana (but for this last one you have to travel about 45 minutesa tomato-olive based sauce), "arroz a la tumbada" (tumbled rice)and "caldo de mariscos". Look for the Palapas Baked plantains are a ubiquitous side. Other foods of Afro-Caribbean origin are "pollo encacahuatado" (hutschicken in peanut sauce) and you can have a great meal "mondogo" (tripe soup). Veracruz is famous for little moneyits café con leche. Visit the cities famous coffee houses, El Gran Cafe de la Parroquia and El Gran Cafe del Portal.
===Budget===
* '''Hotel Bello Veracruz'''[http://www.hotelbello.com/inicio.html]. Great hotel, reasonable prices, swimming pool but no beach.
* '''Hotel Villas Dalí'''[http://www.hotelvillasdali.com/]. Also great at reasonable prices.
* ''' Hotel Veracruz Centro Historico''' [http://www.hotelveracruz.com.mx] is located just around the corner from the Zocalo. Rooms are clean, comfortable and reasonably priced.
* ''' NH Veracruz''' [http://www.nh-hotels.com/nh/en/hotels/mexico/veracruz/nh-veracruz.html] Luxurious hotel offering a spa, swimming pools and a fantastic view of the ocean.
===Splurge===
* The '''Fiesta Americana Veracruz''' and '''Fiesta Inn Veracruz''' are located in front of the beach but more expensive. It has a world class swimming pool, it's modern and clean, and is a nice upscale place to stay with kids. It has wired Internet (no wireless), so bring your own RJ41 cable.
* '''Hotel Camino Real'''[http://www.caminoreal.com]. Great hotel, but expensive.
* '''Gran Hotel Diligencias''' [http://www.granhoteldiligencias.com] is in a great location right on the Zocalo. It has large rooms and free internet.
 
==Contact==
x-pat in Veracruz.. [email protected]
==Stay safe==
 
Although Veracruz was once a safe haven from drug related crime prevalent in Northern Mexico, as of 2011 violence is steadily increasing.
==Get out==
The small picturesque lakeside town of [[Catemaco]] lies nearby. The bus takes only 2 1/2 around 4 hours and you'll find some nice beaches, water activities and more.
==Contact==
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