Framed by the tallest volcano in Mexico, Orizaba is a city full of historic buildings, with unique natural attractions
Dishes you can't miss
Stew made of dough, corn, and chili, which can be chito or chrimp.
Fried snack made of a dough of corn with beans, resulting in a thick tortilla that is served with beans, cheese, cream, and sauce.
Tacos de tripa
Traditional pork intestine tacos served with lettuce, onion, cheese, sour cream, and salsa
Stew that is usually filled with Polish meat or cheese, enjoyed with chileatole.
Representative dessert of the city made from chayote.
Typical food of Orizaba, Mexico
Discover the varied gastronomy of Orizaba, which is the result of the cultural blending from various sites around the world
In Orizaba you can try plenty of dishes, such as chileatole, a stew of dough, corn, and chili, seasoned with lemon juice, mayonnaise, and grated cheese, and served with pambazos of Polish meat or Oaxaca cheese. The chileatole can be green, with chito, consisting of dried goat meat; or red, with dry and ground shrimp. There are also the traditional tortas de pierna and the tesmole of barbecue, beef, or chicken.
Mexican cravings based on fried corn dough are very common in Orizaba and are often enjoyed for breakfast or dinner. Appetizers include picadas, which are tortillas with the edge pinched, served with green, red or macha sauce, plus ground Jarocho cheese and chopped onion; and the memelas, consisting of corn dough mixed with beans, used to make a thick tortilla that is fried to put cheese, beans, and cream sauce on. You can also try empanadas, patties stuffed with minced chicken or cheese; garnachas, consisting of fried tortillas with sauce, shredded beef or chicken; and tostadas, also with beef or chicken. Tacos are another typical dish, being the most popular of squash blossom and ground pork craklings, as well as tacos of pork tripe with lettuce, onion, sauce, cheese, and cream.
A regional product is chayote and is consumed as a side dish or as a main dish. This vegetable can be prepared salty or sweet, so the chayote sweet is very representative of the city. In addition, the root of chayote, the chayotextle, is commonly used; it is a tuber that can be stuffed with cheese, battered with egg, and covered in tomato sauce.
- It rains to a greater or lesser extent in Orizaba throughout the year; you should bring an umbrella or a rain jacket.
- Nights are usually fresh or cold; we recommend bringing a thick jacket or overcoat, and even a scarf and gloves.
- In order to enjoy the attractions of Orizaba, you should wear comfortable clothing and shoes; bring a swimsuit in case you decide to swim in the surroundings.
The weather in Orizaba, Mexico
Pluviosilla, or "rainy", is the nickname of Orizaba, which has a humid temperate climate, with heavy rains in summer and mist and drizzle in winter. The annual average temperature is 19 °C (66 °F), with an average rainfall of 2,238 mm (88.1 in)
What to bring by season
Rainy season (May to November): rainfall in Orizaba is intense in May, October, and November, and heavy from June to September. July has the heaviest rains, accumulating 423 mm (16.6 in) on average only this month. Days are usually mild, with the temperature drastically varying from day to night by about 17 degrees. The average temperature is 20 °C (68 °F), with highs ranging between 23 and 26 °C (73-79 °F) and lows staying around 8 °C (46 °F), with the exception of November, when the latter drop to 4 °C (39 °F). We recommend bringing warm clothing for the nights, including a jacket, plus T-shirts to wear during the day. Remember to bring an umbrella or a rain jacket and rain boots.
Dry season (December to April): during this season, hazy skies are common in Orizaba, including fog and drizzle; although clear days are also usual. The average temperature is around 18 °C (64 °F), while high temperatures reach 26 °C (79 °F) during the day in April. Nights record colder temperatures dropping down to 3 °C (37.4 ºF) in January. While rains are not heavy, there are drizzles during these months that accumulate an average of 50 mm (2 in) of rainfall per month. You should bring pants, long-sleeved shirts, a heavy jacket or overcoat, gloves, and a scarf.
Orizaba means place of joyful waters in Nahuatl and is a city located in a central part of Veracruz, immersed in a mountainous region. This city is in the valley of the Pico de Orizaba or Citlatepetl, the highest volcano in Mexico and the natural attraction par excellence of the region. Many visitors come here with mountain guides to reach the top, situated over 5,500 meters (18,040 ft) above the sea.
As in any typical Mexican town, Orizaba has a main square with gazebo, which is called Alameda Central, where locals have seen chaneques, mischievous goblins that scare people at night. The City Hall is one block from this park, which features a central courtyard surrounded by arcades and the Social Revolution mural painted by José Clemente Orozco. Behind the City Hall there is a promenade along the river that crosses the city, with alleys, 15 bridges, including a suspension one and the San Antonio bridge, dating from 1550, and an ecological animal exhibition circuit. Also, next to the palace is the cable car terminal, a new city attraction consisting of a scenic ride 950 meters (3,116 ft) long, which goes from El Pichucalco Park to the Borrego Hill
In the downtown area of the city you can find the Cathedal of San Miguel Archangel with a baroque and neoclassical Corinthian style, and a clock made by the clockmaker of Napoleon III; the Iron Palace, a detachable construction that was brought from Belgium and designed in a nouveau-style by the same architect and engineer who made the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The palace houses the offices of tourism and two museums: the Museum of Beer and a museum dedicated to the history of the valley of Orizaba.
Other tour attractions in this city include the Museum of Art of the State of Veracruz, where you can see works by Diego Rivera and works of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; the Ignacio de la Llave Theater, considered among the best in the state; the Mier y Pesado Castle, that today operates as asylum and features an English style with beautiful gardens; and the Municipal Pantheon, that houses the Giant Stone, a six-ton monolith that was used for sacrifices. Near the cemetery is La Concordia, the bullring and art performance center in Latin America, with a roof on a geodesic form.
There are numerous churches within Orizaba, standing out the Church of Santa Gertrudis, boasting a Churrigueresque-style facade; the Temple of Santa Maria de los Siervos with romance style; the former Convent of Our Lady of Carmen, the former Convent of San José de Gracia, and La Concordia Guadalupe Shrine. On the perimeter of the city is the Elephant Waterfall, that belongs to Blanco River Canyon National Park and has two waterfalls that simulate animal fangs. On this site, there are two main attractions: the walk of 500 Steps surrounded by greenery and nature that you go down to reach the lagoon, and a zip line that it is said to be the longest in the country.
***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).