Veracruz, Mexico

Veracruz State is located in the eastern part of Mexico and it is one of the most modern states and productive of Mexico.The Mexican State of Veracruz has it all. The State encompasses grazing land for beef production and dairy products coastal area for seafood, inland areas for tropical fruits and vegetables.

Jalapa, Veracruz, is a city whose charms are best explored on foot. The city center offers short, winding streets decorated with flowering vines, houses that evoke centuries past, and a large shady park.

Zempoala (or Cempoala), the archaeological ruins north of Veracruz, Mexico was the Totonac capital and the largest city on the Gulf of Mexico. The name means "place of the 20 waters," for the several rivers that converge near the site.

If witches interest you then a visit to the lakeside town of Catemaco, Veracruz is a must. From the natural beauty of the magnificent landscape to the Festival of Witches held in the town of Catemaco each Spring, there's plenty to see and do during this celebration of the equinox.

The Annual Gathering of Witches takes place in early March and draws “healers” from all over Mexico. For well over a century this community has had a tradition as a place to come to search for healing or for charms or curses to protect your self against bad luck and your enemies. Local mythology has it that the community has been a power center for supernatural events since long before the ancient Olmec brought civilization to the wild untamed rain forests of the region.

The community's celebrated "High Council" consists of a dozen or more wizards who are said to perform acts of both black and white magic.

During the yearly festival adventure travelers will find plenty of local food and entertainment. There are parades and processions through the streets with special dances and gatherings.

This picturesque town sits on the edge of the lake from which it derives its name. The lake was formed from the crater of a volcano and is home to fish eating baboons.