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Cactus in Villa Rica hill, Veracruz, Mexico

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. 

 

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .

17 Comments

  1. I really want to go to Mexico. This only makes me want to go more!

  2. Ayngelina says:

    Those dunes look fantastic, what a fun time!

  3. Abby says:

    FUN! As always, your sweeping photos make me want to get going already… Love!

  4. The cacti looks so neat!

  5. apol says:

    whoa, lovely photos unni!

  6. Andi says:

    What a beyond gorgeous place! I LOVE Mexico!!!

  7. Sarah says:

    Those sand dunes look amazing! Too small for sand boarding?

  8. Federico says:

    The dunes remind me to those in Mui Ne , Vietnam 🙂

  9. Leslie says:

    Looks like a fun destination! Love your pics 🙂 How was the adventure travel conference?

  10. Beautiful photos…such colour.
    Makes us really want to head over to Mexico!!

  11. I am headed to Mexico later this month and I am feeling mega overwhelmed by all of the places I have to visit. In a good way. And you’ve just added another place to the list. Can’t wait to get on those sand dunes!

  12. Alex says:

    Very beautiful, and not quite how I pictured Mexico! Love it!

  13. Sally says:

    I never really associated dunes with Mexico, I’m not sure why. Now I do! Gorgeous pictures. 🙂

  14. Erica says:

    Oh Mexico, how I love and miss you.

  15. James says:

    Beautiful pictures and description. I think that’s where Cortes landed and started the conquest.

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