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(often spelled Jalapa, Spanish pronunciation: [xaˈlapa] ( listen); English: /həˈlɑːpə/;[1] officially Xalapa-Enríquez [xaˈlapa enˈrikes]) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz
and the name of the surrounding municipality. In the 2005 census the city reported a population of 387,879 and the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat reported a population of 413,136.[2] The municipality has an area of 118.45 km². Xalapa
lies near the geographic center of the state and is the second-largest city in the state after the city of Veracruz
to the southeast.


1 Etymology 2 History 3 Culture

3.1 Holidays 3.2 Cuisine 3.3 Musica

4 Notable city landmarks

4.1 Parks and gardens 4.2 Museums 4.3 Galleries 4.4 Theatres and auditoriums

5 Education

5.1 Universities

6 Sport 7 Industry 8 Transportation 9 Healthcare 10 Media

10.1 Newspaper 10.2 Radio 10.3 Television

11 Notable people from Xalapa

11.1 Politicians 11.2 Writers 11.3 Educators 11.4 Athletes 11.5 Artists 11.6 Doctors 11.7 Benefactors

12 The municipality 13 Geography

13.1 Climate

14 Economy 15 Sister cities 16 Books published about Xalapa 17 References

17.1 Notes

18 External links

Etymology[edit] El nombre Xalapa
proviene de las raíces nahuas xālli [ʃaːlːi] "arena" y āpan [aːpan] "lugar de agua", que significa aproximadamente "manantial en la arena". Es clásicamente pronunciado [ʃalaːpan] en náhuatl, aunque el final / n / a menudo se omite; el sonido / ʃ / (como el inglés sh) se escribió x en el siglo XVI. Esto no ocurre en el español moderno, y su contraparte es el sonido [x] o [h], normalmente escrito j. La ortografía Xalapa
(como la palabra México) refleja la pronunciación arcaica. Xalapa
se pronuncia [xalapa] o [halapa], la última pronunciación se usa principalmente en dialectos del sur de México, el Caribe, gran parte de América Central, algunos lugares en América del Sur y las Islas Canarias y Andalucía occidental en España donde [x] tiene convertirse en una fricativa glotal sin voz ([h]). [3] El nombre completo de la ciudad es Xalapa-Enríquez, otorgado en honor al gobernador del siglo XIX, Juan de la Luz Enríquez. El apodo de la ciudad, La ciudad de las flores, fue otorgado por Alexander von Humboldt, quien visitó la ciudad el 10 de febrero de 1804. La referencia también está relacionada con la historia colonial anterior de la ciudad. En el folclore, los españoles creían que Xalapa
era el lugar de nacimiento y hogar de la mujer más bella del mundo, la Florecita, que literalmente significa "pequeña flor". [4] Los residentes de Xalapa
se llaman Xalapeños o Jalapeños, que es el nombre dado a los pimientos largos populares cultivados en esta área. History[edit] The Totonacs first established themselves around Macuiltepetl (es) ("fifth mountain" in Nahuatl).[3] This extinct volcano received its name because the Aztecs used it as the fifth reference mountain to get to the gulf of Mexico's shores. Today it is preserved in a park. During the 14th century, four indigenous peoples settled in the territory today known as Xalapa. Each built a small village: Xalitic (in the sand) was founded by the Totonacas; Techacapan (river of waste) was founded by the Chichimecas; in the northeast Tecuanapan (river of the beasts) was founded by the Toltecas, and Tlalnecapan was founded by the Teochichimecas. Around 1313, the four villages grew together and joined, forming one large village named Xallapan. Moctezuma Ilhuicamina, the fifth Aztec emperor, invaded the territory during the second half of the 15th century. All the land was ruled as part of the Aztec
Empire before the arrival and conquest of the Spanish conquistadores. In 1519 Hernán Cortés
Hernán Cortés
passed through en route to Tenochtitlan.[4]:135 In 1555 Spanish Franciscans completed construction of a convent, an important event in the Nueva España
Nueva España
of that time.

Charles IV of Spain
Charles IV of Spain
officially elevated the status of Xalapa
to town on 18 December 1791.

When the Spanish arrived, Xalapa
was barely populated. The population rose after the conquest and colonial settlement. When the Spanish improved the Mexico-Orizaba- Veracruz
route, Xalapa
declined in importance as a transport hub, and its population stagnated in the 17th century.[5] From 1720 on Xalapa
became increasingly important, due to trade with merchants from New Spain arriving to buy and sell the products of the peninsula.[5] Numerous Spanish families from the nearby towns settled in Xalapa, so by 1760 the population had increased to over 1,000 inhabitants, including mestizo and Spanish. The growth of Xalapa
in population, culture, commerce and importance, increased dramatically in the 18th century. Responding to residents' requests, Carlos IV of Spain declared Xalapa
a town on 18 December 1791.[5] In 1772, construction of Xalapa Cathedral
Xalapa Cathedral
began. On 18 May 1784, José María Alfaro got the first air balloon in the Americas, airborne, in Xalapa. Due to the abundance of flowers growing in the region, Alexander von Humboldt, who visited the town on 10 February 1804, christened it the "city of the flowers".[5] Since the beginning of the 19th century, Xalapa
has been the scene of some important historical events. It supported independence from Spain. Ideas flowed freely in the town, and Xalapa
was represented by many who put forward these ideas to those in Mexico
City government meetings.[5] On 20 May 1821, shortly before Mexican Independence on 27 September the same year, Xalapa
was attacked by the forces of Don Antonio López de Santa Anna. Together with Don Joaquin Leño, he forced Spanish captain Juan Horbregoso to surrender the town.[5] Independence was gained months later; the first emperor Agustín de Iturbide was not warmly received in Xalapa
due to past differences.[5] On 9 May 1824, by decree of the President of the Republic Don Guadalupe Victoria, the first legislature of the state of Veracruz
was established in Xalapa. That year, Xalapa
was declared the state capital. In the 1820s Xalapa
and the surrounding area revolted when Vicente Guerrero
replaced General Anastasio Bustamante. Veracruz
was attacked by Isidro Barradas, who was attempting to reconquer parts of Mexico, and over 3,000[clarification needed] were deployed in the military defense of Veracruz, Córdoba and Orizaba.[5] Anastacio Bustamante, betraying the confidence put him, unsuccessfully revolted against the legitimate government with a new plan of Xalapa[clarification needed], signed on 4 December 1829. On 29 November 1830 by decree, Xalapa
was named a city. In 1843, Don Antonio María de Rivera founded the Normal School of Xalapa
to train teachers. Today it operates as a preparatory school for students going to college. In 1847 in the Mexican–American War
Mexican–American War
Santa Anna attempted to defeat the opposing forces near Xalapa
in the Battle of Cerro Gordo. He led an army of more than 12,000 soldiers. Mexican troops suffered many casualties; around a thousand were killed and three thousand wounded on 18 April 1847. The US invaders occupied the city the following day.[5] Among them was Lt. Ulysses S. Grant, later the commanding general of the Union armies in the American Civil War. Grant's letters call Jalapa “decidedly the most beautiful place I ever saw in my life” and its climate “the best in the world.”[6]

Battle of Cerro Gordo
Battle of Cerro Gordo

Xalapeños such as Ambrosio Alcalde and Antonio García fought bravely to defend the city of Veracruz, but were taken prisoner. They were released and paroled, but after rejoining the fighting against the US, they were recaptured near Teocelo, taken to Xalapa, sentenced to death and executed on 24 November 1847.[5] Today these two men are remembered as martyrs. An obelisk commemorates their sacrifice, between San Jose Church and Alcalde Market, named for Ambrosio Alcalde.[5] US forces marched on to capture Mexico
City and departed after the Treaty of Guadaloupe Hidalgo. In November 1862 Xalapa
was attacked in the French invasion; foreigners temporarily took control of the state capital. On 27 November 1867 the corpse of emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, who had been executed in Querétaro, arrived and was held in San José, attended by the priest José María y Daza, then transferred to Veracruz
the following day. The remains were shipped back to Austria for burial.[5] In 1885 General Juan de la Luz Enríquez increased the influence of Xalapa
when he moved some legislative authority from Orizaba
to Xalapa, in accordance with a decree issued in June 1884 by provisional Governor Juan Manuel Fernández de Jáuregui. Enríquez and Swiss teacher Enrique C. Rébsamen (es) in 1886 founded the Normal School in Xalapa, the first school of this type in the country.[5]

Governor Juan de la Luz Enríquez (1836–1892) for whom the city is named.

Enríquez died in 1892, but the construction of the Normal School and founding of its other schools led to Xalapa
becoming known as a center of learning, the “Athens of Veracruz”.[5] Under Enríquez, the old San Francisco convent was demolished, and the area developed into Parque Juárez. In June 1890 railroad construction brought the first locomotive on the Xalapa--Coatepec- Teocelo
railroad to the city[clarification needed]. The interoceanic railroad was completed in Veracruz
in 1901.[5] The public lighting system was introduced in 1904.[7] In 1906 a clock was installed in the centre of the city on a building on Enríquez Street, which now houses the National Lottery agency. On 18 May 1911, Francisco I. Madero
Francisco I. Madero
visited Xalapa. On 21 June of the same year a minor conflict occurred between federal forces and revolutionaries.[5] On 3 January 1920, a strong earthquake rattled the city, destroying several buildings. Years later in December 1923, Xalapa
fell into the power of the huertístas, commanded by Guadalupe Sánchez.[5] In 1940 the water building and agricultural house were constructed, today is occupied by the Agrarian League of Communities and Union Farmers of the State. On 11 September 1944 the Universidad de Veracruzana was established, and Dr. Manuel Suárez became its first director. On 4 September 1978, by decree number 325, the Local Legislature declared that the official name of Xalapa
Enríquez should be written with a “X” rather than a "J", to emphasize its derivation from Nahuatl.[5] Xalapa
is a thriving center for commerce and many multinational companies have large retail stores and franchise restaurants in the city. These include Wal-Mart, Superama, Sam's Club, The Home Depot, Liverpool, Sears, Costco, Office Depot, Office Max, Oxxo, Sanborns, Comercial Mexicana, C&A, Fabricas de Francia, Coppel, Garcia, Milano, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut, Subway, Starbucks, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Little Caesars, Hugo Boss, Pull and Bear, and Carl's Jr., Prada, Tous, etc. Xalapa
also has a number of cinemas, some of them of substantial size, such as the Cinepolis
Museum (10 screens), Cinepolis
the Americas (16 screens), and other cinemas, such as XTreme Cinemas in Crystal and Cinetix in Plaza Animas, which is a local movie theater. There are also several retail malls in Xalapa: Plaza Crystal, Plaza Museo, Plaza Animas (L.A. Fashion), Plaza Américas, and Plaza los Arcos. Many people in Xalapa
are employed by the government, since it is the state capital. Xalapa
is also the head one of the five regional sections of the Tribunal Electoral (a level below the Supreme Court). This area encompasses 7 states: Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz
and Yucatán. The other regional seats are Mexico
City, Toluca, Monterrey
and Guadalajara. Culture[edit]

Giant Olmec
head, a mark of the indigenous civilizations of Xalapa.

is known as the "Athens of Veracruz" because of the strong cultural influence of its major university, Universidad Veracruzana (the main public university in the State of Veracruz). General Enriquez is known for policies encouraging the educational system in Xalapa. Culturally, Xalapa
has a wide variety of events associated with its theatres, museums, and street art. Many musicians and dancers frequently perform in the center in the nights, especially on special occasions and events of celebration or commemoration; they often dance the fandango. Art has a keen following in Xalapa. The gallery, Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, located near the City Hall and Parque Juárez
Parque Juárez
in downtown, has the most numerous collection of Diego Rivera's paintings in all of Mexico.[8] Holidays[edit] Feast day of San José, Feast of Santiago Apostle, Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Jesus, Conception of Maria, and Expo-Fair International are all celebrated in the city. An important religious holiday is on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, celebrating Mary the Mother of God patroness of the city. On 24 October San Rafael Guizar and Valencia are celebrated, with thousands of people from all over Mexico
visiting their tomb that is in a chapel within the cathedral. The cathedral remains open all night and day during this event. Cuisine[edit] Xalapa
is the place of origin of the famous Jalapeño
peppers.[9] Dishes made with maize: gorditas, tostadas, pasties, enfrijoladas, and chicken are common. The desserts that are consumed in the region are typically sweet such as cake and cocodas and craft candies like candied fruit, dulce de leche and jamoncillo. Musica[edit] XAlapa es el hogar de numerosas orquestas y bandas de música clásica. La Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa
es la más destacada, formada el 21 de agosto de 1929. [10] Otras orquestas incluyen la Orquesta Municipal de Xalapa, la Banda Sinfónica del Estado, la Orquesta de Música Popular de la UV, la Orquesta de salsa de la UV, la Orquesta de Guitarras de Xalapa, Tlen Huicani y la Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil del Estado, que es la orquesta sinfónica juvenil. para el estado de Veracruz. Son Jarocho también prospera, incluido el conocido grupo Son de Madera. Notable city landmarks[edit]


The Xalapa Cathedral
Xalapa Cathedral
is a mix of Baroque
and Neo-Gothic
design built in 1773. It has a clock tower, the clock coming from England. Callejón Diamante (lit. Diamond Alley) is one of the more crowded streets at night because of its Bohemian atmosphere with cafes and an artists' colony. Callejón Jesús te Ampare is a cobblestone street next to the Church of San José . Patio Muñoz is a neighborhood built in the 19th century, with most of the original buildings intact. Here are held workshops in Veracruz-style painting, dance and music. Parque Juárez
Parque Juárez
is a park in central Xalapa
with a terrace-like appearance. The southern side of the park looks over the valley below, offering scenic views of the Sierra Madre Oriental
Sierra Madre Oriental
mountains in the distance.[10] Parque Juárez
Parque Juárez
was the location of the Monastery of San Francisco. It is located among the four oldest neighborhoods of the city. Its central garden features enormous monkey puzzle trees, art gallerys, an agora, workshops, an auditorium and a café. The Jardín de Esculturas (Sculpture Garden) is a museum dedicated to sculpture, exhibiting works by nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Museo Interactivo de Xalapa (Interactive Museum of Xalapa) features a planetarium with an IMAX
screen, showing educational documentaries.[11] In the Paseo de los Lagos, there used to be an ancient dam. Today it has footpaths surrounded by leafy trees, circling three lakes and a fresh-water spring. The Parque de los Tecajetes is in a natural depression or ravine of the same name in the center of the city. Underneath is a fresh-water spring that feeds the aqueducts, artificial pools and canals of the park. The Museo de Antropología de Xalapa
Museo de Antropología de Xalapa
houses the largest collection of artifacts from Mexican Gulf Coast cultures such as the Olmec, the Huastec and the Totonac
with more than 25,000 pieces. The most notable pieces in the museum are the giant Olmec
heads and the smaller Totonac ones. Some of the pieces in the museum date back to the Early Pre-Classic Period from 1300 BC −900 BC.[12] Nearby is the Hacienda del Lencero Its first owner was Juan Lencero, a soldier of Hernán Cortés. In 1842 it was purchased by Antonio López de Santa Anna for 45,000 pesos.[13] Today, it is a museum which displays furniture and personal belongings dating from the 19th century. It also has a chapel, spacious gardens and a lake surrounding the property which include a sculpture by Gabriela Mistral
Gabriela Mistral
who spent time there while in exile. The Jardín Botánico Clavijero (Clavijero Botanical Garden) has an important collection of regional plants with sections dedicated to Mexican ornamental flowers, reconstructed mountain environments in Xalapa, ferns and the most extensive variety of pines in Mexico.[14]

Jalapa in the evening

Parks and gardens[edit]

Juárez Park

Jardín Botánico de Xalapa Parque Juárez Parque Los Berros Parque Ecológico "Cerro del Macuiltépec" Paseo de Los Lagos Parque Ecológico "El Haya" Parque "Natura" Jardines de la Universidad Veracruzana Parque "Tejar Garnica" Jardín de las Esculturas Parque Ecológico de Los Tecajetes Parque María Enriqueta Parque Revolución Parque Bicentenario Stadium Xalapeño


Museo de Antropología de Xalapa

Museo Casa de Xalapa

Museo Interactivo de Xalapa

Museo del Transporte. Carr.

Hacienda del Lencero

Museo del Bombero. Museo de la fauna.


Casa de las Artesanías Galería "Ramón Alba de la Canal" Agora de la Ciudad

Pinacoteca Diego Rivera

Galería de Arte Contemporáneo Galería del Centro Recreativo Xalapeño Galeria Marie Louise Ferrari

Jardín de Esculturas

Theatres and auditoriums[edit]

Teatro del Estado Sala de Conciertos de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa
(to open in 2010) Teatro J. J. Herrera Teatro La Caja Auditorio de la Escuela

Education[edit] In Xalapa, the basic education is distributed by 195 establishments of pre-school, 196 primary schools and 97 secondary schools. In addition it has 86 institutions which offer baccalaureate, as well as a technical and professional training center (CONALEP). In addition it has several institutions of further education. Of the most important is the Universidad Veracruzana
Universidad Veracruzana
which is also the most important in the state of Veracruz
and attracts students not only from across Mexico but worldwide.[15] Established in 1944, the current director of the university is Dr. Sara Ladrón de Guevara, a graduated of the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne.[citation needed] Furthermore, it is associated with the North American Mobility Project, a transnational academic program that links it to Georgia Southern University in the United States
United States
and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.[16] High Schools ESTI 128 ESTI 97 Universities[edit]

Universidad Anáhuac Universidad Atenas Veracruzana Universidad de América Latina Benemérita Escuela Normal Veracruzana "Enrique C. Rébsamen" Universidad Cálmecac Instituto Culinario de Xalapa Centro de Estudios Superiores Hispano-Anglo-Francés Universidad CLAES El Colegio de Veracruz Universidad IVES Escuela Libre de Ciencias Políticas y Administración Pública de Ote. Escuela de Diseño de Modas Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Universidad Eurohispanoamericana Universidad Gestalt Universidad del Golfo de México, Campus Xalapa Universidad Hernán Cortés Instituto de Estudios Superiores Morelos Universidad Metropolitana Xalapa Instituto Superior de Música del Estado de Veracruz Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Xalapa Tecnológico de Xalapa Universidad Paccioli Xalapa Universidad Pedagógica Veracruzana Universidad Filadelfia Universidad Veracruzana Universidad de Xalapa


Athletics at Heriberto Jara Corona Stadium
Heriberto Jara Corona Stadium
in 1991.

is home to the Halcones UV Xalapa, a very successful professional basketball team. They play in the LNBP

The team was created in 2003 and placed 3rd in the LNBP In 2004 they were champions of the south division, and got second overall in the LNBP In 2005 they were champions of the south division and champions of the LNBP In 2006 they were champions of the south division, and got second in the LNBP. They also placed second in the Copa Independencia LNBP In 2007 – 2008 they were champions of the south division and champions of the LNBP In 2008 – 2009 they were champions of the south division and champions of the LNBP. They also placed second in the FIBA
de las Americas.

also has many sporting facilities. As of 2005, the city has 25 soccer fields, 95 volleyball fields, 95 basketball courts, 36 baseball fields, and 29 multiple-use fields.[17] Also, the city has 12 gymnasiums, 7 parks, and the notable Heriberto Jara Corona Stadium, inaugurated 1921–1925.[17] Sportspeople of note hailing from Xalapa
include Armando Fernández (an Olympic wrestler), Eulalio Ríos Alemán (an Olympic swimmer and at some time butterfly-stroke record holder in the USA, indicted into the Ft. Lauderdale's International Swimming Hall of Fame), and the track and field athlete Luis Hernández Every four years the Central American Games take place in cities all over CentralAmerica and the Caribbean. In 2012 Veracruz
was chosen to host these games in 2014. Several events took place in Xalapa. The Track Cycling was held in the Velodrome, the Modern Pentathlon Swimming took place in the University Swimming Pool, the Athletics trials in the Hilberto Jara Corona Stadium, and Badminton and Table Tennis in the Omega Complex. All of this brought recognition in the sports world to Xalapa. The Cuban athlete Sandra Mustelier, a member of the table tennis team, decided to flee the hotel where her team was staying two days before the opening of the Central American Games in Veracruz. The 28-year-old athlete did not collect her accreditation in Veracruz, a situation for which her teammates located her immediately by phone. When contacted, Mustelier herself informed her team of her defection. No investigation was undertaken by the Mexican authorities regarding this situation. Mustelier was considered to be a strong contender to win medals in table tennis. Industry[edit] Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant
Laguna Verde Nuclear Power Plant
(LVNPP) in nearby Alto Lucero, Veracruz, produces about 4.5% of Mexico's electrical energy. Transportation[edit] The city is connected by the 140-D Highway with the cities of Veracruz, Puebla
and Mexico
City. Also the 140 Road provides a link between those cities. The city has a central bus station (CAXA) which is a nodal point for many bus companies operating in the area, including AU, ADO, ADO-GL, OCC, Auto-Tour and Buses Sierra-Texcoco. Several bus companies are based in Xalapa
including Servicio Urbano de Xalapa
(SUX);[18] Auto-Transportes Banderilla (ATB);[19] the yellow and green sets of Interbus,[20] Auto-Transportes Miradores Del Mar;[21] and Transportes Rápidos de Veracruz
(TRV)[22] amongst many others. There is also a bus service which exclusively takes passengers back and forth from Xalapa
to Coatepec. These buses operate all over the city, with a cost per person ranging from 6.00 to 8.00 Mexican pesos; discount is offered to the elderly and to students who normally pay 5.00 Mexican pesos within the urban area. There are over 100 bus routes in the city. The taxis that operate in Xalapa
are easily recognizable by their white and green paintwork. The most abundant taxis are of the Nissan Tsuru model. Typically, taxi drivers do not charge based on taximeter. The city of Xalapa
is served by a small airport, El Lencero Airport,[23] located 15 minutes by road from the city. It is currently not served by any commercial airline. Healthcare[edit] The demand for medical services by the population of the municipality, is taken care of by publicly and privately owned institutions. The medical units in Xalapa
provide external advisory services, general and specialized hospitalization that are equipped with laboratories for clinical medical analyses including X-rays, obstetrical, gynaecological and paediatric equipment.[24] The public institutions of the health sector that provide services are:

Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social IMSS, Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado ISSSTE, Centro de Especialidades Médicas CEM, Petróleos Mexicanos PEMEX, Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional
Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional
SDN Secretaría de Salud de Veracruz
SESVER, Centro de Rehabilitación y Educación Especial de Veracruz
CREEVER, Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia
Desarrollo Integral de la Familia

In the private sector the municipality counts on important medical establishments such as:

Sanatorio San Francisco, Clínica del American Hospital, Clínica de especialidades Las Palmas, Vital Clínica Hospital, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Centro Médico de Xalapa, Clínica Millenium Hospital Ángeles.[24]


A narrow street in Xalapa, better known as Callejones.

Newspaper[edit] Notable newspapers produced or circulated in Xalapa
include www.Xalapa.MX Diario de Xalapa, Diario AZ, Diario el Portal
de Xalapa, Diario la Opinión, Periodico Marcha, Periodico Al Calor Politico, Periodico Agronomica, Milenio and the Lider. As well, important agency of news on line, like RadioVer www.radiover.com and magazine Revista Era www.revistaera.com t Radio[edit] The city is served by numerous radio stations including: FM:

90.5 Radio de la Universidad Veracruzana 91.7 Amor (Grupo Acir) 95.5 Sensación HD (Oliva Radio) 96.9 Digital 96.9 (AvanRadio) 97.7 La Máquina (AvanRadio) 98.5 ONE FM (AvanRadio) 104.9 El Patron FM (Oliva Radio) 107.7 Radio Más (Radio-Televisión de Veracruz)


550 W Radio (AvanRadio) 610 Ke Buena (AvanRadio) 1040 OK Radio (AvanRadio) 1130 Yo FM 1130 AM(Grupo Radio Capital) 1210 El Patrón (Oliva Radio) 1460 ABC Xalapa
Radio (Grupo ABC) 1550 Radio Universidad Veracruzana

Television[edit] Television channels include:

XHGV-TV channel 4 – RTV XHAJ-TV
channel 5 – Televisa Regional XHAH-TV
channel 7 – Canal de las Estrellas XHAI-TV
channel 9 – Canal 5 XHCPE-TV
channel 11 – Azteca 7 XHIC-TV
channel 13 – Azteca 13 XHCLV-TV
channel 22 – Galavisión

Cable services include:

Megacable (Cable TV) Super Cable (Cable TV) UltraVisión (Cable TV) Sky (Satellite TV) Dish Network
Dish Network
(Satellite TV)

Notable people from Xalapa[edit]

Antonio López de Santa Anna, born in Xalapa, is one of the most emblematic figures in Mexican history.


Francisco Javier Echeverría Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada Antonio López de Santa Anna José Joaquín de Herrera José Luis Oliva Meza Francisco Primo de Verdad y Ramos Marco Antonio Muñoz Turnbull


Sergio Armin Vásquez Muñoz Carlos Manuel Cruz Meza Jorge Lobillo José María Roa Bárcena Juan Díaz Covarrubias Julio Zarate Francisco Morosini Alicia Bazarte Martínez


Enrique C. Rébsamen Sinforosa Amador (1788–1841) Soledad Ramos Enríquez Guillermo Fernández de la Garza


Barbara Bonola - Triatlón Martha Ángelica Blanco - Lanzamiento de Jabalina Silvia García Ramírez - Judo Marcela García Ramírez - Judo Armando Fernández - Lucha Alejandro Fernández Ávila - Fosa olímpica Luis Hernández - Atletismo, 10 mil metros Eulalio Ríos Alemán - Natación


Villalobos Brothers
Villalobos Brothers
- composers, violinists Gabriel Orozco - artist Son de Madera - musical group Rey Alejandro Conde - conductor


Rafael Lucio


William K. Boone

The municipality[edit]

The Cofre de Perote
Cofre de Perote

is situated in eastern-central Mexico, approximately 55 miles (89 km) northwest of Veracruz
city.[25] and roughly 350 kilometres from Mexico
City. The municipality of Xalapa
has an area of 118.45 square kilometres which comprises 0.16% of Veracruz
state. It borders to the north with Banderilla, Jilotepec and Naolinco, to the east with Actopan and Emiliano Zapata, to the south with Coatepec and the west with Tlalnelhuayocan. The city of Xalapa
is located beneath the volcanic peaks of the Sierra Madre Oriental, at an elevation that oscillates from 1400 metres to 1700 metres above sea level, and is surrounded in lush tropical vegetation.[26] This mountainous area of Mexico
is volcanic, and in the area surrounding the city are places such as the Naolinco volcanic field. Located north of the city, it consists of a broad area of scattered quaternary pyroclastic cones and associated basaltic lava flows.

Naolinco volcanic field, north of Xalapa

Situated east, about 50 km (31 mi) away along Mexican Federal Highway 140 is the Cofre de Perote
Cofre de Perote
National Park. The park covers an area of 117 km2 (29,000 acres), and consists of mainly forested mountains and hills. Its highest point of Cerro de Macuiltépetl rises 1522 metres above sea level. Other hills of prominence include the Cerro de Acalotépetl and the Cerro Colorado. From Xalapa
you can also see the Pico de Orizaba, the highest peak in Mexico
(5,366m or 18,490 feet). It is also the third highest peak in North America. Hydrographically, there are numerous streams and springs which are in the area around the city.[26] These include the rivers: Sedeño River, Carneros River, Sordo River, Santiago River, Zapotillo River, Castillo River and the Coapexpan River, 3 artificial lakes and the springs Chiltoyac, Ánimas, Xallitic, Techacapan and Tlalnecapan.[26] Jalcomulco
is located 39 km (24 mi) southeast of Xalapa which has numerous natural features, such as the mouth of the Pescados River. Cascada de Texolo
Cascada de Texolo
(Texolo Waterfall) is located 19 km (12 mi) southwest of Xalapa, in the town of Xico. It is an 80 meters (260 feet) waterfall that drops into a lush canyon, home to numerous animal species. Geography[edit] Climate[edit]

Xalapa, Veracruz

Climate chart (explanation)


    42     22 11

    38     23 11

    46     27 14

    61     27 16

    121     28 17

    328     26 16

    203     25 16

    171     26 16

    270     26 16

    105     25 15

    67     24 14

    50     23 12

Average max. and min. temperatures in °C

totals in mm

Source: [27]

Imperial conversion


    1.7     72 52

    1.5     73 52

    1.8     81 57

    2.4     81 61

    4.8     82 63

    13     79 61

    8     77 61

    6.7     79 61

    11     79 61

    4.1     77 59

    2.6     75 57

    2     73 54

Average max. and min. temperatures in °F

totals in inches

Overlooking the Paseo de los Lagos
Paseo de los Lagos
in Xalapa

features a subtropical highland climate (Cfb) that borders on a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) under the Köppen climate classification. The climate in Xalapa
is humid, but the city is relatively cool being located in the mountains over 1400 metres above sea level. The climate can be variable, having a maximum temperature of 37.3 °C and a minimum ranging from 0 °C to 10 °C, but on average the temperature does not fluctuate greatly all year round with an average annual temperature of 18 °C. The warmer season in Xalapa
tends to fall between March and reaching a peak in May when the average high reaches 28 °C and low of 17 °C. The cooler season is late December, January and February with an average low of 11 °C and an average high of 22 °C. The average annual precipitation is 1509.1 mm.[28] During the cooler winter months rainfall is at a minimum, with Xalapa
receiving only 42 millimetes in January and 38 millimetres in February on average. Snow, however, is common in winter outside the city at Perote, located around 35 minutes from Xalapa. Very early in the morning, Xalapa
often has a mist, giving it a characteristic mountain atmosphere. The greatest rainfall occurs during the summer months, particularly in June, when on average rainfall reaches 328 millimetres, remaining relatively high until mid-September.

Climate data for Xalapa

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 32.4 (90.3) 33.4 (92.1) 37.4 (99.3) 37.0 (98.6) 38.4 (101.1) 36.0 (96.8) 31.5 (88.7) 31.9 (89.4) 32.4 (90.3) 32.9 (91.2) 33.0 (91.4) 32.5 (90.5) 38.4 (101.1)

Average high °C (°F) 21.2 (70.2) 22.5 (72.5) 25.4 (77.7) 27.2 (81) 27.7 (81.9) 26.3 (79.3) 25.3 (77.5) 26.0 (78.8) 25.5 (77.9) 24.3 (75.7) 23.0 (73.4) 21.7 (71.1) 24.7 (76.5)

Daily mean °C (°F) 15.8 (60.4) 16.5 (61.7) 19.2 (66.6) 21.0 (69.8) 21.9 (71.4) 21.1 (70) 20.3 (68.5) 20.7 (69.3) 20.5 (68.9) 19.3 (66.7) 17.7 (63.9) 16.4 (61.5) 19.2 (66.6)

Average low °C (°F) 10.4 (50.7) 10.5 (50.9) 13.0 (55.4) 14.8 (58.6) 16.1 (61) 15.9 (60.6) 15.3 (59.5) 15.4 (59.7) 15.6 (60.1) 14.3 (57.7) 12.5 (54.5) 11.0 (51.8) 13.7 (56.7)

Record low °C (°F) 0.2 (32.4) 0.0 (32) 2.8 (37) 4.0 (39.2) 7.0 (44.6) 9.0 (48.2) 9.0 (48.2) 9.5 (49.1) 9.8 (49.6) 5.0 (41) −2.2 (28) 0.9 (33.6) −2.2 (28)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 41.2 (1.622) 42.8 (1.685) 44.7 (1.76) 61.7 (2.429) 100.7 (3.965) 288.1 (11.343) 219.4 (8.638) 164.2 (6.465) 249.6 (9.827) 113.5 (4.469) 64.6 (2.543) 45.3 (1.783) 1,435.8 (56.528)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 12.4 11.9 11.1 9.4 11.1 19.6 19.0 16.5 19.3 16.9 12.6 13.0 172.8

Average relative humidity (%) 67 63 63 60 63 68 67 66 69 69 67 68 66

Mean monthly sunshine hours 143 133 166 155 159 138 215 168 132 145 154 142 1,850

Source #1: Servicio Meteorologico Nacional (humidity 1981–2000)[27][29]

Source #2: Deutscher Wetterdienst
Deutscher Wetterdienst
(sun, 1961–1990)[30][a]

Economy[edit] Xalapa
is often called the “Flower Garden of Mexico”[25] and flowers play an important role in the economy. Xalapa
is one of the most important places for coffee production in Mexico
due to its ideal climate, and coffee beans are grown on both small holdings and large estates in the surrounding mountains.[25] The tobacco industry also forms a part of the local economy with the process of producing cigarettes, and the growing of tropical fruits.[25] Processed foods and beverages are also produced in Xalapa. The municipality has a total surface of 5,261,400 hectares, of which 3,457,363 hectares are seeded for agricultural production.[31] The main agricultural products in the municipality of Xalapa
are maize, sugar cane, orange green chili and coffee.[31] Approximately 4,500 hectares is dedicated to cattle ranching, including the rearing of pigs, horses, and goats.[31] Bird-raising and avicultural farms have certain importance in Xalapa.[31] Warehouses and factories for making footwear, clothes, and books are also present in Xalapa. As of 2005, the municipality had 75 hotels, 223 restaurants, and 25 travel agencies. The supermarket chain Chedraui
is based in Xalapa.[31] Employment structure in Xalapa
in 2005:

Industry sector Typical professions % of population

Primary Industry Farming, cattle ranching, hunting and fishing 4.21[31]

Secondary Industry Petroleum Mining, extraction and natural gas, manufacturing, industry, electricity, water and construction 19%[31]

Tertiary Industry Commerce, transport and communications, financial, social and administrative services 70%[31]

Unspecified – 2.9%[31]

Sister cities[edit]

Covina, United States La Antigua, Guatemala Matamoros, Mexico Omaha, United States Puebla, Mexico Toluca, Mexico Torreón, Mexico Veracruz, Mexico

Books published about Xalapa[edit]

Una excursión a Jalapa en 1875 by Guillermo Prieto El Libro Azul del Estado de Veracruz
(1923). México, el País del Porvenir (bilingual, Spanish and English). México, Compañía Editorial Pan-Americana, S. A. Edición facsimilar de la Editora del Gobierno, 2007; reprint 2008. Arquilla Abierta (ca.1980) by Ana Güido de Icaza Xalapa
de mis recuerdos (1986) by Aureliano Hernández Palacios Bocetos Antiguos de Xalapa
(1991) by Rubén Pabello Acosta Trazos de una vida, bosquejos de una Ciudad. El pintor Carlos Rivera y Xalapa
(2009) by Alicia Bazarte Martínez. México, Instituto Politécnico Nacional / Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, 2009. Politics and Privilege in a Mexican City (Stanford University Press, 1972), by Richard Fagen and William S. Tuohy


^ "Jalapa". Encyclopædia Britannica.  ^ Link to tables of population data from Census of 2005 Archived 27 February 2013 at WebCite INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. ^ (Macuilli: five, fifth; Tepetl: hill, mountain). ^ Diaz, B., 1963, The Conquest of New Spain, London: Penguin Books, ISBN 0140441239 ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Xalapa:Historia". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ U.S. Grant (1990). Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant; Selected Letters. Library of America. ISBN 0-940450-58-5. . . . and from what I saw I would be willing to make Jalapa my home for life with only one condition [that his wife could join him]. (Letter to Julia Dent April 24, 1847) ^ See William K. Boone ^ "Xalapa, Mexico:History". University of Texas, Austin. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Xalapa:Gastronomía". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ " Xalapa
Sights:Parque Juárez". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Museo Interactivo de Xalapa". Museo Interactivo de Xalapa. October 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Museo Antropología". Xalapa.net. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Museo del Lencero". Xalapa.net. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ Triedo, Nicolas (February 2008). "Fin de semana en Xalapa". Guía México Desconocido. 372: 42–48.  ^ "Universidad Veracruzana". Universidad Veracruzana. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Projects funded under the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education". Archived from the original on 20 November 2005. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ a b "Xalapa:Deportes". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ "Busca tu ruta del Servicio Urbano". Sociedad Cooperativa Auto-Transportes de Camioneros del Servicio Urbano de Jalapa. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Secretaria de Trabajo" (PDF). Veracruz
Gobierno del Estado. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Interbus". Servicio Urbana Jalapa. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Informe del 12 al 18 de febrero de 2007". Gobierno de Mexico. 2007. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Acervo Fotográfico Busexpress México". Busexpress México. October 2006. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ "Lenecero Airport". World Aero Data. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ a b c "Xalapa:Salud". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ a b c d "Xalapa". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 14 October 2008.  ^ a b c "Xalapa:Geografia". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ a b "Estado de Veracruz–Estacion: Jalapa de Enriquez (DGE)". NORMALES CLIMATOLÓGICAS 1951–2010 (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico National. Retrieved 7 May 2015.  ^ "Xalapa:Clima". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008.  ^ "NORMALES CLIMATOLÓGICAS 1981–2000" (PDF) (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved 7 May 2015.  ^ "Station 76687 Jalapa, VER". Global station data 1961–1990—Sunshine Duration. Deutscher Wetterdienst. Retrieved 7 May 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g h i "Xalapa:Economia". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 17 May 2007. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 


^ Station ID for Jalapa, VER. is 76539 Use this station ID to locate the sunshine duration

External links[edit]


has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
article Jalapa.

(in Spanish) Ayuntamiento de Xalapa
Official website (in Spanish) La Universidad Veracruzana

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Xalapa
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Coordinates: 19°32′24″N 96°55′39″W / 19.54000°N 96.92750°W / 19.54000; -96.92750

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