In the 19th century it used to be quite a major port due to its location, but now it is a sleepy little town with little movement beyond the creaking of rocking chairs on the porch in the steamy heat of the day, or in the cooler evening breezes wafting in from the river...
...but beyond that it is rather a struggle to fill the time - especially when the very few cafes and restaurants have exceedingly erratic opening hours, but hey when was the last time you could afford the luxury of sitting in a rocking chair on the terrace reading a good book from cover to cover?? Indeed the liveliest place in town - open all hours and certainly doing a roaring trade - is Comex (Mexico's national paint shop!!)
I would recommend a day trip if you are in the State of Veracruz as it is only two hours by bus from the city of Veracruz, and at most an overnighter from Mexico City as it is seven hours by bus from TAPO station. The yellow and blue Hotel Tlacotalpan pictured at the start of the post is a reasonable place to stay and has a small pool, and the busiest and supposedly the best time to visit would be for the Candelaria Festival in early February. For more windows on the world this week, click here for My World Tuesday....Enjoy!!