Discover Mexico A-to-Z
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Southeast of Mexico City, on the Gulf Coast, you’ll find the exuberant port city of Veracruz. Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conqueror, first landed here on Good Friday 1519 and, soon after, Veracruz became the first Spanish settlement in Mexico. Veracruz is an easy-going, friendly and bustling port-city. Locals are known as jarochos, and they have a reputation for partying. Its leisure fame stems from African-and Caribbean-influenced music, lively dancing and an annual Carnaval that according to some, rivals Rio and New Orleans. Three hundred years of Spanish colonial rule also ended in Veracruz, as the Spanish fled to the fort of San Juan de Ulua. Veracruz continued to be a key center of historical events in Mexico. The city’s title: “Four times heroic city of Veracruz” refers to the expelling of the Spanish and three other military triumphs: one against the French, and two against the Americans.
Online: Veracruz State (Wikipedia)
See Also: Colonial Cities
Villahermosa (“Vee-ya-ehr-moh-sah”) is the capital city of the State of Tabasco, a rich, fertile region of Mexico, and once the center of the Olmec Civilization—the first civilization in Mesoamerica. The climate is that of an intensely tropical and sticky heat. At night, when the traffic dies down and temperatures cool, the atmosphere of this place changes enormously, especially around the Zona Remodelada (Refurbished Zone) with its pedestrian streets, plazas, and colonial buildings.
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VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE
Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, (Our Lady of Guadalupe) also known as La Virgen de Guadalupe (Virgin of Guadalupe) is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Mexperience: Virgen de Guadalupe
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Mexico is host to numerous volcanoes — active, dormant and extinct — the most famous of which are Popocatépetl (active) and Ixtaccíhuatl (extinct), situated about 70km (40 miles) south of the country’s capital, Mexico City. There are over 40 volcanoes in Mexico, most of them situated along the Trans-Mexican Volcanic belt. On a clear day in Mexico the volcanoes can be seen towering over the capital, and the best views can be enjoyed from the state of Puebla, early in the mornings is best, before the heat of the day causes vapor to accumulate around the mountain.
Mexperience: Cholula, Churches and Volcanoes and Nature & Adventure
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