Midway between Puebla and Veracruz, ORIZABA is an industrial city and a major brewing centre: the giant Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma produces some of the best beer in the republic, including globally famous brands Sol and Dos Equis – ask at the tourist office for details of tours. Despite the industry, the historic centre remains compact and attractive; because the old city was built up against a hill, development has spread in one direction only, so the centro histórico is right on the edge of town, with more modern development sprawling to the east and south. The Parque Castillo, with the imposing Catedral de San Miguel at Colón and Madero, marks the centre of the old town. There’s not a great deal to see, but Orizaba makes an enjoyable short break or overnight stop; better yet, stay in Córdoba, and make a day trip to see Orizaba’s sights.

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