The Port City of Veracruz: Mexico's Front Door
Founded in 1519 by Hernán Cortés, the city of Veracruz was the first port built by Spanish colonists in North America. Today Veracruz is the capital of the state that bears the same name and remains one of Mexico's most important port cities. The natural beauty of Veracruz — located on the Gulf of Mexico — attracts visitors from all over the world.
The tropical heat and humidity that are characteristic of Veracruz typically begin to dissipate by October. The month of October also marks the beginning of the season for viewing migratory birds making a stopover along the Mexican coast. Extend your stay in Veracruz and visit one of the state's many archaeological sites or beautiful beaches.
The city of Veracruz has a population of more than 200,000 residents. The need for simple, decent, affordable housing there is great — especially in the outlying areas. Volunteers from one of Mexico's most active affiliates, Los Tuxtlas, have been working to establish a new affiliate in Veracruz. Participants in the Jimmy Carter Work Project will contribute to the success of this effort.