Xalapa is the state capital of Veracruz, the name has its origins in the Nahuatl dialect and it means "spring in the sand". This small city is full of natural attractions and is an excellent place for practicing various adventure sports.
The Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanical Garden has more than 700 species of plants, where people use to enjoy a relaxing walk around the magnificent vegetation. A few kilometres away from the city, the Filobobos River has excellent rapids which are ideal for practicing rafting in Mexico, especially during the rainy season from June to November. Other natural attraction near Xalapa is the Cofre de Perote National Park, which has some of the highest mountains of all Mexico. This park is very popular among those who visit Xalapa, because it is the best spot for camping, hiking and mountain climbing in Mexico.
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The city of Xalapa is called “the Athens of Veracruz” because students from all over the state come here to study in one of the three major universities this city has. Xalapa is a cultural and artistic hub since it has a wide variety of events and spectacles all the year long. Street art, musicians, actors and performers are some art expressions that can be seen at Xalapa’s streets, where people can enjoy them during a jogging walk.
In the downtown area of the city it is the famous gallery of Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, which has the most comprehensive collection of this top painter in all of Mexico. One of the most outstanding buildings of the city is the Xalapa Cathedral, which has a mix of Baroque and Neo-gothic design and it was built in 1773. Other interesting sites for visiting in Xalapa are the Diamond Alley, the Sculpture Garden and the Anthropology Museum which holds the second largest collection of items from the ancient cultures of the Mexican Gulf Coast such as the Olmec, the Huastec and the Totonac. When doing tourism in Mexico, Xalapa is certainly a good choice.
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