Xalapa, Mexico: Still undiscovered
When you're planning a trip to Mexico, Xalapa isn't usually the first place that comes to mind. It's unlikely that it comes to mind at all.
Located in the highlands of Veracruz, Xalapa probably isn't what you picture of Mexico: lots of green, lots of rain and mist (the average temperature is 64 degrees), an arts community, and a coffee culture. It's more Seattle than Cabo.
Well, not exactly—Seattle doesn't have quite the mix of cobblestone streets, Neoclassical, neo-Gothic, and Moorish architecture. There are other quiet delights, including the 750 species in the city's Francisco Javier Clavijero Botanic Garden. The Pinacoteca Diego Rivera has the largest collection of the artist's work in the country. The Xalapa Anthropology Museum has an extraordinary collection, featuring the giant heads excavated from the Olmec settlements. Hiking in the nearby mountains and forests is a popular activity. And Xalapa (sometimes spelled Jalapa), gave its name to the jalapeno pepper—and that's only a small part of the food culture here.
What are you waiting for?