Veracruz: Lodging and Tours

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The state of Veracruz is a popular destination for Mexican tourists, but it's seldom visited by Americans.

Susana Trilling leads culinary tours throughout Mexico; her 10-day Veracruz trip takes place March 15-25 and costs $2,500. 011-52/1-951-508-0469,

From December through June, tours of the Gaya Vai-Mex factory are available by request, at a charge of $1 per person. 56 Av. Hidalgo, Gutiérrez Zamora, Veracruz, 011-52/766-845-0497,

El Tajín is outside the modern city of Papantla. The festival of Cumbre Tajín is held at the ruins and the adjacent theme park.

The simple Hotel Tajín, in Papantla, is a 10-minute drive from El Tajín (011-52/784-842-0121, from $44). Hotel Balneario Tecolutla is a bright-peach hotel on the beach in Tecolutla, which is a half hour from the Gaya Vai-Mex factory. 011-52/766-846-0011,, from $70.

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