* This name is listed on the World Heritage List. ª The region is classified by UNESCO.

Tlacotalpan on the map of Vera Cruz

Tlacotalpan is a small town in the Mexican state of Veracruz on the banks of the Río Papaloapan. Tlacotalpan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its urban system and architecture show a mixture of Spanish and Caribbean traditions to particularly important and high quality manner. Tlacotalpan is the capital of an eponymous Munizips.


Tlacotalpan in pre-Hispanic times was probably in the context of leading in this space trains of the ruler Axayacatl subjugated by the Aztecs, Nahuatl -speaking city with population, they paid tribute to the Aztec tribute capital Tochtepec. The name Tla'cotlālpan means " where the land is divided ."

The first European visitor was Juan de Grijalva in June 1518th Tlacotalpan likely to have been conquered until 1521 by Gonzalo de Sandoval. After a short time in possession of a encomendero the city fell in 1541 as a direct possession of the Spanish Crown and administered by the newly founded city of Veracruz.

The present appearance of the city goes back to a devastating fire in 1788, after all the houses were built of masonry.