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Ways to Celebrate Veracruz Carnival (Carnaval de Veracruz)

By Viator, April 2018

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Veracruz hosts Mexico’s largest Carnival celebrations with nine days of special events, parades, and parties taking over the city in the run up to Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday. Here are a few ways to join the festivities.

  • Admire the colorful floats, intricate costumes, and comparsa dancing groups at the spectacular Carnival parades.
  • Enjoy the nightly live music, dancing troupes, and jarocho shows at the Zócalo in Veracruz city center.
  • Experience ancient Carnival traditions such as the Quema del Mal Humor (Burning of Bad Mood), the burning of the Juan Carnaval effigy, and the coronation of the Carnival queen.
  • If you can’t celebrate Carnival in Veracruz, head to Mazatlán on the Pacific Coast, where Carnival festivities include elaborate parades, street parties, and live entertainment 

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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz, Veracruz, null
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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Learn about Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture at two important Totanac sites — the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.00
Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, San Juan de Ulúa and Veracruz City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Combine city sightseeing with Mexican history on this 5-hour tour of Veracruz and its surrounding attractions. Visit the small town of La Antigua, an early ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00
Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

Combine visits to three historical Mexican sites in one day with this day trip from Veracruz. With a local guide, you’ll travel to the ruins of Quiahuiztlan ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.99
Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Tajin Ruins Day Trip and Vanilla Factory Experience

Come and visit the pre-Hispanic City of "El Tajín". During this full day tour, you will be able to see a vanilla factory where the first furnaces ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.25
Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Coatepec and Xico Magical Towns Plus Xalapa Day Trip from Veracruz

On this full day tour, discover an area well known for coffee plantations and traditional dishes like mole. Discover the history of the former hacienda “El ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Antigua-Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Day Trip

Head to the most interesting archaeological sites near the port with much history yet to be discovered. One of those is Quiahuiztlan, it was simultaneously a ...  Read more

Location: Heroica Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Cempoala Ruins and La Antigua Day Trip from Veracruz, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Cempoala Ruins and La Antigua Day Trip from Veracruz

Spend half a day immersed in Mexican history on this fascinating tour from Veracruz. With a local guide, you’ll travel to two sites of importance in Mexico’s ...  Read more

Location: Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.00
Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle, Veracruz, Day Trips
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Veracruz City Sightseeing Tour Including San Juan de Ulúa Castle

See Veracruz’s top attractions on this 3-hour morning sightseeing tour that includes admission to San Juan de Ulúa, a 16th-century fortress and one of ...  Read more

Location: Heroica Veracruz, Mexico
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.00

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