of Mexico's best-kept secrets is the steamy Afrocaribbean Music Festival
held each July in the Mexican port city of Veracruz. For the last eight
years the Veracruz Institute of Culture has organized this festival to
highlight and bring together the essence of Afro-Latin music and culture.
This festival is amazingly rich and diverse, hosting musicians and dancers
from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Jamaica, Colombia, Venezuela, The Dominican
Republic, Panama, Mexico, the USA and other nations.
As aficionados of African-inspired tropical music and long-time Mexico fans, we could think of nothing better than soaking up two long weekends of the hottest rhythms on earth in the tropical air of the Gulf of the Caribbean, combined with a road trip during the week between to visit some of the wonderful towns, ruins and beaches in this little-known corner of Mexico.
DAYS OF FESTIVAL MUSIC, PRIVATE GATHERINGS WITH MUSICIANS, AND DAILY SALSA
FOUR-DAY ROAD TRIP BETWEEN FESTIVAL WEEKENDS TO VISIT JUNGLE RUINS, PALM-LINED
BEACHES, AND A CLASSY, HIGHLAND COLONIAL CITY