Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, is a small city with a population of almost 9,000. During the 24 hours we spent there, we saw probably less than 50. Where were they? Walking the streets was a bit eerie, as the streets of Mexican towns and cities are usually full of people walking, talking, eating, and laughing. Few stores or businesses were open. Granted, the blustery gray day wasn’t the best for outdoor activities; apparently they were experiencing a “norte,” the local name for cold fronts from the north that dominate the weather from October to April. Still, I’ve never known a little cold to hamper socializing and shopping!
UNESCO granted World Heritage Site status to Tlacotalpan in 1998 partly due to to its graceful style of architecture.
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The reason for including colorful arches on the logo is obvious – and if your building doesn’t have arches just paint them on!
Total restoration of this church was in progress
And out….I was glad to see that no one was on the scaffolding this windy day!
A few hardy souls braved the brisk wind!
We strolled the streets and enjoyed the artwork and other intriguing sights, but we never found a hot coffee nor a cold beer!
Street scenes in tile decorated many park benches.
Dome of the kiosk in the zócalo
Detail of a park bench
We couldn’t figure out what this was, and there was no one around to ask! Ideas anyone?
In 1847 Tlacotalpan was recognized for defending against US forces in the Mexican American War
Elegant woodwork trimmed doorways throughout the city.
Tlacotalpan is well known for its Feb. 2 festival “Our Lady of Candlemas.” If you are looking for action, I recommend visiting then. But you are welcome anytime!