Hello from the beautiful mountain town, Orizaba, Veracruz. We’re spending one week in this incredible Pueblo Mágico and asking ourselves, WHY IS NOBODY TRAVELING HERE??
Orizaba, Veracruz is a small town nestled in the mountains of Veracruz. The name comes from a Nahuatl word that means “place of pleasing waters” which makes sense since a gorgeous river runs through the city. We absolutely loved walking along what’s called the “river walk” with our husky Laska and taking in the art/murals and river zoo. Wait until you see Laska’s reaction to the coyotes and spider monkeys!
Orizaba is at about 4,000 ft (1,200 m.) of elevation which means during December, we’re experiencing temperatures between 50 – 70 F (10 – 25 C). We couldn’t be more excited to bust out our warm-weather clothes and brush the cobwebs off of them after living in the Riviera Maya for 2 years.
While in Orizaba, we got to see some of the amazing displays of architecture in the city, like Palacio de Hierro (Iron Palace) which was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the same French engineer who commissioned The Eiffel Tower in Paris! In this Mexico vlog, we’ll also be showing you the Orizaba cathedral and the many, many jaw-dropping churches, like my favorite which is Baroque and Neoclassical architecture.
Since we’re traveling during COVID in Mexico, we did have some trouble with restaurant hours, which is why we didn’t show as much local Mexican food as we normally do. For instance, we had the darndest time finding some of Orizaba’s famous coffee since many cafes didn’t open until 11 am or later. (That’s too late to be drinking coffee for us, anyway.) That said, we quickly learned that Orizaba is one of the CHEAPEST cities we’ve traveled to in Mexico!! The cost of living in Orizaba is crazy low.
We also couldn’t leave Orizaba without taking the Teleferico (cable car) which takes you up to an eco-park, meanwhile giving panoramic views of the entire city! The ride there and back is only 50 pesos (about $2.50 USD) per ticket, so we think it’s a must-do activity in Orizaba. Once you arrive to the top of the mountain, there are other things you can do, like climb the lookout tower, go ziplining, and soaking in more spectacular views of Orizaba.
We actually did a whole lot more in this Orizaba video, including buying a Leon, Guanajuato-made leather backpack for Maddie, getting a pair of boots fixed by a local Zapatero (shoe repair shop), showcasing the Christmas spirit in Orizaba, and continuing our “centro of el centro” tradition (many times lol). We hope you enjoy this travel vlog!
In case you missed it, this is last week’s travel video from Lake Catemaco, Veracruz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svraD…
ABOUT US We are Jordan, Maddie, & Laska the husky. In January of 2018, we packed up our tangerine-colored car and left the US to start traveling Mexico. Since then, we’ve been making travel videos about our life in Mexico and the new experiences we encounter while traveling the world. Become one of the “Tangerine Elite” by binge-watching our videos from the beginning: https://goo.gl/kMGKSA
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