Orizaba, VeracruzVeracruz, Veracruz
WHERE IS IT?
Orizaba is the city of the merry waters, as affirmed by its name of Nahuatl origin and confirmed by its daily life. It is a city built on an indigenous settlement that had an important commercial development; It is cheerful, active, dynamic, bathed by the water of the river that bears its name and the constant rainwater that fertilizes the countryside and cleans the environment.
Located in the center of Veracruz, in the region of the Great Mountains, near Zongolica and Huatusco, this city enjoys a temperate climate, places of great historical importance and is surrounded by an overflowing nature that guards the Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico.
HOW TO GET THERE?
By land: If you are in the port of Veracruz, you can arrive by the Veracruz – Mexico highway 150; Although it does not have an airport, there are several ADO group buses that travel from the Veracruz airport to the city of Orizaba, so you can only arrive by private car or by ADO. From Mexico City, you will drive about 3.5 hours.
By air: The closest airport to Orizaba is the Port of Veracruz, 132 kilometers away, with flights of AeroMar, Aeroméxico and Interjet.
WHAT TO EAT?
Orizaba is a mixture of smells and flavors, you can taste an array of dishes that mostly have corn as the basis of their preparation; among them we can find "picadas", tortillas with sauce, ground cheese and chopped onion; there are also the "memelas" prepared with corn dough mixed with beans to make a thick tortilla and add cheese, cream, beans and salsa. We must also mention the chileatole, savory corn atole that can be red or green, ideal to warm up in the cool nights in the city.
WHAT TO BUY?
If you want to buy a souvenir, visit the handicraft market where you will find typical sweets, accessories for men and women, ceramic figures, unique furniture carved in wood, typical costumes, clothing, paintings, and many other things.
WHAT TO DO?
La elegida: Orizaba, approximately 80 minutes away from the Port of Veracruz and with an altitude of almost 4,000 feet above sea level boasts to have the highest mountain in Mexico: Citlaltepetl, the Mount of the Star, or Pico de Orizaba (18,400 ft high).
There are attractions such as the 500 steps, the so-called Iron Palace, for many years the site of the city government and which was designed by the French Gustavo Eiffel, brought piece by piece from France and assembled in Orizaba next to the Cathedral, where currently there is a small museum dedicated to the history of beer. Climbing the well-known hill of Borrego is one of the main activities, which can now be done by the cable car. There you can see a place marked in history by the confrontation with the French troops.
The Town Hall square next to the Iron Palace and the traditional Ojo de Agua are other important attractions that can be enjoyed in this city. A walk along the Orizaba River will let you find different types of trees and different animal species. Walking through its peaceful streets is an excellent option, as well as a walk through La Alameda, and taking the tour dedicated to his prodigal son Gabilondo Soler "Cri-Cri", mingle among people who exercise daily or stop to contemplate the landscape you can gaze on a clear day of the almost always white volcano that watches from above.