Tlacotalpan, Veracruz.

Tlacotalpan is a lazy, tropical colonial town on the Papaloapan River (River of Butterflies, which is over 300 meters wide), 58 miles south of the Port of Veracruz.  Settled by Spaniards in the 16th Century, Tlacotalpan was an important gulf coast river port for the sugarcane and cotton plantations until the late 19th century when it lost the bid for the railroad and the steamships quit coming to call.  

Today, its brightly painted houses with Arabic-style portals are lovingly preserved and, in 1998, the entire town was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unspoiled architecture.  Around every corner you encounter a new palette of colors. With only one city bus, you are more
likely to see horseback riders on the streets.

Situated on the palm covered delta of the Papaloapan and San Juan rivers, Tlacotalpan is home to hundreds of species of birds and butterflies.  After the raucous Port of Veracruz, this quiet, friendly town provides a perfect inspirational retreat for artists, writers and birders. 

Riverside dining, fishing, and sightseeing are available daily. Vast stretches of Gulf beaches, 2 hours away at Monte Pio. Guided tours through mangrove swamps. Birding tours with knowledgeable guide. Eco tours on horseback or by boat are available with people who live in the area as guides. Contact Bill Pandolf for more details.

Visit the Archeological Museum in Santiago Tuxtla.

As the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska puts it, "When we want to smile, we think of Tlacotalpan."  

There are many festivals throughout the year and fun places to see in and around Tlacotalpan. The main festivity of Tlacotalpan is the Candelaria Feast, which is celebrated from January 31st to February 10th

Click here for detailed information about the State of Veracruz, Mexico, and the area surrounding the town of Tlacotalpan.