Mexico (2002-2016): States of Veracruz and Yucatan

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Both the states of Veracruz and Yucatan lie on the Gulf of Mexico. Yucatan and the coastal region of Veracruz are hot and humid most of the year and have a slight Caribbean feel. Veracruz (along with the adjacent state of Tabasco) is home of the Olmecs, the oldest known civilization (from circa 1200 BC to circa 400 BC) between central Mexico and Costa Rica. The Olmec civilization, famous for its massive stone sculpture, is regarded as the precursor of the Maya and Aztec cultures. Yucatan is part of the former Maya empire. It is where the Maya people and the Spanish invaders collided. Both states are culturally rich and diverse.

 

(2015) Xalapa (State of Veracruz):

Xalapa is the capital of the state of Veracruz.

 

In the fabulous Museo de Antropologia. (This museum is one the most interesting museums I ever visited. It houses the largest collection of artefacts from ancient cultures of the Mexican Gulf Coast region, including enigmatic giant Olmec heads, most dating between 1500 and 1000 BC, some weighing around 20 tons, and smaller ceramic statuettes with amazingly expressive faces and body postures.)

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(2015) Xico (State of Veracruz):

 

The village, 25km from the state capital Xalapa, is renown for its mole, its coffee, and its wine.

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Maria Magdalena Church.

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(2015) Veracruz (State of Veracruz):

 

Palacio Municipal viewed from the Zocalo.

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Cathedral viewed from the Zocalo.

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Faro Venustiano Carranza.

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Castle of San Juan de Ulua (built in the 16th century during the Spanish colonial era) looking over the port.

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(2002) Merida (State of Yucatan):

Merida is the capital of the state of Yucatan.

 

Casa de Montejo (left) and Iglesia de la Tercera Order (also called Iglesia de Jesus) with a statue of General Manuel Cepeda Peraza (a native of Merida).

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(2002) Izamal (State of Yucatan):

 

Convent of San Antonio de Padua.

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