Cactus in Villa Rica hill, Veracruz, Mexico

 

Going to Chachalacas

Chachalacas is named after a bird, chachalaca, native to Mexico. I’m not sure why the town is named after a small noisy bird, but that’s where the name came from. Playa Chachalacas is a small, beach town located 50 km (31 mi) north of the port of Veracruz. This long sand beach and calm water makes it a perfect condition for outdoor activities. As a part of ATMEX 2013 pre tour, we explored the region on a gorgeous sunny day. Here are a few attractions you can find in the area.

 

Coastal lagoon of La Mancha

Costal lagoon of La Mancha is one of the richest areas of biodiversity on the entire central Florida coast. From evergreen forest to mangrove, birds to dune vegetation, you’ll witness nature in the raw. Tours of the reserve are available. The Festival of Shorebirds, held every March to send migratory birds on their return to the north of the continent, is a one such tour.

 

La Mancha, Veracruz
La Mancha, Veracruz

 

Quiahuiztlan Toltec Archaeological Ruins

Located on a large hill rising up from Hill Of The Metates and Cerro de los Metates beach areas, this Toltec burial ground is best known for its tombs. There are more than 75 of them. Each one is shaped like a house (locals call this ‘house of soul), because it is the last house they’ll ever have. The door of the tomb is placed in the direction of where they died. Penon de Bernal, a massive basalt, is recognizable from the entrance.

 

Penon de Bernal at Quiahuiztlan Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Penon de Bernal at Quiahuiztlan Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Ancient tomb
Ancient tomb
Quiahuiztlan Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Quiahuiztlan Toltec Archaeological Ruins
Pottery found at Quiahuiztlan
Pottery found at Quiahuiztlan
Our local tour guide at the ancient Mayan cemetery
Our local tour guide at the ancient Mayan cemetery

 

Sand Dunes

Who would’ve thought there would be massive sand dunes in the middle of the beach? On the Gulf coast of Southern Mexico lies a string of small sand dunes with the name Chachalacas. The sand dunes and shore create a dramatic vista. The moisture from the ocean keeps the sand wet and firm, and it makes the perfect condition for adventurers. Be sure to ride a four wheel drive, and try sand boarding.

 

Villa Rica

On the side of Villa Rica, the Quebraditas, offers a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. You get to see a unique perspective of the ocean through large rocks and cliffs.
 

Villa Rica and the Gulf of Mexico
Villa Rica and the Gulf of Mexico
The view of the ocean at the top of Villa Rica hill
The view of the ocean at the top of Villa Rica hill
There are a lot of butterflies in Veracruz at the moment
There are a lot of butterflies in Veracruz at the moment
An insect out in the sunny day
An insect out in the sunny day
Villa Rica and the Gulf of Mexico
Villa Rica and the Gulf of Mexico
Bloom
Bloom
Cactus
Cactus
Villa Rica beach
Villa Rica beach
ATM ride at Chachalacas
ATV ride at Chachalacas
Sand dunes at Chachalacas
Sand dunes at Chachalacas
Sand dunes at Chachalacas, Veracruz
Sand dunes at Chachalacas, Veracruz
Our ATMEX 2013 pre-tour group
Our ATMEX 2013 pre-tour group

 

#Disclosure: I attended ATMEX2013 as a Media Specialist. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience, as usual. 

 

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