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Orizaba

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Architectural Buildings · Castles · Zoos
Orizaba is a city and municipality in the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is located 20 km west of its sister city Córdoba, and is adjacent to Río Blanco and Ixtaczoquitlán, on Federal Highways 180 and 190. The city had a 2005 census population of 117,273 and is almost coextensive with its small municipality, with only a few small areas outside the city. The municipality's population was 117,289 and it has an area of 27.97 km² (10.799 sq mi).NamingIt is generally understood that the name Orizaba comes from a Hispanicized pronunciation of the Nahuatl name Ahuilizapan, which means "valley of happy waters." Another possibility, however, is the word Harish (Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, in 16th-century Spanish pronunciation), this place being the hometown of the first Spanish settlers (1521) of Orizaba. Harish or—in a simplified form—Ariz, with the addition (under the influence of the Arabic language) of the gentilic "i" and/or with the ending "aba", meaning fortification, would have become Ariziba or Arizaba, from which Orizaba would have derived. (The word Harish—in turn—is, according to some authors, linked to the capital of Tartessus and could refer to the biblical Tarshish. Its Semitic meaning could be "trading post" or "fundry site", since Tartessus was a major Phoenician center of tin commerce and bronze production.)
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Castle
Poliforum Mier y Pesado
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Duration: 4 hours
Architectural Building
Iron Palace
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Zoo
Ecoparque Rio
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Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Orizaba

World heritage site
Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve Tehuacan
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Palacio Municipal de Cordoba Cordoba
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Specialty Museum
Museo del Cafe Cordoba
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Specialty Museum
Museo de Mineralogia Dr. Miguel Romero Sanchez Tehuacan
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Orizaba

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Playground
Parque de las Sonrisas
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Government Building
Casa de las Leyendas Orizaba
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Cemetery
Panteon Municipal de Orizaba
3.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Museo Interactivo de Orizaba
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Orizaba

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Religious Site
Ex Convento de San Jose de Gracia
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Catedral De San Miguel Arcangel
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Church
Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen
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Duration: 30 minutes
Church
Iglesia de la Concordia
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes

Parks in Orizaba

Nature / Park
EcoParque Cerro del Borrego
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Park
Expo Parque de los Dinosaurios
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Lopez Park
4.2
Duration: 30 minutes

Kid-friendly things to do in Orizaba

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Children’s Museum
Museo Francisco Gabilondo Soler
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

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