Party, dance, and participate in centuries-old Carnival celebrations traced back to African traditions
February 9-14, 2018

Carnival in Veracruz

6 days/5 nights

Experience​ ​Carnival​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Afro-mestizo​ ​town​ ​of​ ​Coyolillo,​ ​learn​ ​the​ ​history​ ​of​ ​black Mexicans​ ​in​ ​the​ ​region.​ ​Spend five days among African descendant communities in Veracruz, Mexico during Carnival; Latin America’s version of Mardis Gras. We’ll visit Coyolillo, known for its African influenced celebrations, and Yanga, the first freed community in the Americas. You will have direct access to communities often hidden from sight.


The trip will focus on providing a historical understanding of the contemporary realities faced by Afro-mestizo communities. The following itinerary is custom crafted; a result of over 100 hours of research. Did I mention that I'll be your personal photographer and deliver social media ready photos each step of the way? Yea, that part!

  • Party, dance, and participate in centuries-old Carnival celebrations traced back to African traditions
    Spend 6 days based in Xalapa, home of the jalapeño pepper --making day trips to two Afro-descendant communities in the region

  • Relax 5 nights in a boutique hotel located in the heart of the city

  • Customized tours by locals about Mexican black history and the current status of black communities in the region, and the nation

  • Shop, eat, and play like Veracruzanos

  • Visit places of cultural significance to the region and its inhabitants

The Curated Itinerary
Day 1: Get Settled in Xalapa

Check into your traditionally decorated Mexican hotel, and enjoy dinner in Xalapa, home of the jalapeño.

Day 2: See the  Olmec Heads

Visit a nationally renowned museum, home to thousands of artifacts from Mexico's ancient civilizations, including the mysterious colossal Olmec heads which some believe to have African features.

Day 3: Day Trip to Coyolillo

Go off the beaten path to visit a community that traces its roots to Congolese forced to work plantations during Mexico's colonial period.

Day 4: Day Trip to Yanga


This town earned its freedom after an African prince led a revolt against the Mexican government. We'll get a glimpse of present day conditions.

Day 5: Breeze thru Veracruz

We'll spend time in this port city retracing the steps of black Mexicans and partying in the streets for Carnival.

Day 6: Depart

Kiss Mexico goodbye. But make sure to stock up on chocolate, tequila, and Carnival souvenirs!

Reserve Your Spot​

$1000 *paid in full


  • Room accommodations in boutique hotel for 6 days/5 nights, breakfast included

  • A custom curated itinerary, crafted from over 100 hours of research

  • Major ground transportation and transfers

  • Museum admissions and customized tours

  • Access to exclusive AfroBuenaventura content, including #TravelAsSelfCare Worksheet, pre-departure resources, and facilitated in-country group discussions

  • Social-media-ready photos of you each step of the journey

Not included:

  • International flights

  • All meals not listed

  • Optional excursions

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable)

*Due to proximity of trip, all fees due upon registration.

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