Located less than three hundred kilometers from Mexico City is the university town of Jalapa (Xalapa), Mexico. More specifically, many of the schools here are focused on the arts; with this in mind, the city offers visitors a large number of art galleries, theatres, and museums to explore. There are also a small number of Jalapa (Xalapa), Mexico hostels to accommodate you during your stay.
Most of the activities and things to do in Jalapa revolve around education. There are seven notable museums, including the Museum of Anthropology, The Interactive Museum, and the Museum of Xalapa. Art lovers will also be spoiled for choice with more than a dozen galleries to discover and streets to explore in search of urban art. Parks and gardens are also very common in Xalapa and help the city live up to the nickname, the City of Flowers, which was given to it in the nineteenth century. It is also possible to attend different performances throughout the city, with regular events and shows taking place in many of the plazas. Ask at your Jalapa (Xalapa), Mexico hostel for any current events that might be taking place during your visit.
For the more adventurous traveler, Jalapa also offers the opportunity for white-water rafting down the Filobobos and Actopan rivers, or to indulge yourself in the local cuisine on a gastronomy tour. The city is famous for the jalapeno chili, which grows in abundance throughout the area due to the wonderfully temperate climate.
The nightlife in Jalapa is concurrent with the student population. A walk down Diamond Alley (Callejon Diamante) will have you strolling through bohemian-style cafes and the hangout spots of local artists. In September, visitors to Jalapa will have the opportunity to participate in the Veracruz Carnaval, which involves the "burning of the bad mood," float parades, and other traditional performances.
Jalapa is not a common tourist destination for foreign travelers, but if you are into art and enjoy a good street performance, then this is the place to visit. Jalapa (Xalapa), Mexico hostels are waiting to take your reservation.
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