The seaside city of Veracruz in east-central Mexico is a hidden gem of the country. Full of stunning architecture, beaches, and cultural attractions, Veracruz has a little something for everyone. If you are an animal or water lover, there is one attraction that you simply cannot leave this city without seeing: the Veracruz Aquarium.
Opened in 1992, the Veracruz Aquarium has grown to become the most important aquarium in all of Mexico. From sea life native to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles from the aquarium to native Mexican freshwater species, this aquarium does a great job showing off the best of the country.
Of particular interest is the aquarium’s recreation of the Los Txultas rainforest area, where you will find freshwater fish alongside terrestrial animals such as boa constrictors and macaws!
While the Veracruz Aquarium does focus on native fauna, don’t worry if you are looking for exhibitions that show off something a little more exotic. One of the coolest shark exhibitions you will find anywhere shows off tiger, reef, and nurse sharks that inhabit the world’s oceans.
Humboldt penguins and manatees are two more of the star attractions of one of Latin America’s best aquariums and a must-see spot on your next trip to Veracruz.
Run, don’t walk to this fantastic exhibition of the best that our world’s lakes, rivers, and seas have to offer!