The state of Veracruz is the birthplace of the Olmec culture, the first major civilization in Mexcio. Today Veracruz is characterized by its people's happy and hospitable disposition.
It boasts a vast 800-kilometer long coastline and beautiful natural landscapes: forests, plains, jungles and mountain ranges. The pre-Hispanic legacy of the Totonac Indians is prominent at the El Tajin archaeological site.The colonization left its mark on the Baluarte Santiago, the Cathedral of Jalapa and the Shrine of the Virgin of Carmen.
Its cuisine, mainly fish and seafood, is highly recommended. In Papantla, "los voladores" (flyers) carry out their unique ritual; in the port city's Plaza de Armas, the "danzón" is danced; and during Carnival the real vitality and enthusiasm of Veracruz comes alive in colorful action along the boardwalk.