Following our customary winter sojourn in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Lynn and I spent an additional week in the State of Veracruz deep in the southeast. Lynn is an amateur archaeologist, and the main reason for our visit to Veracruz was to explore the evidence of the ancient Pre-Columbian cultures there; especially the Olmec civilization which flourished from about 1200 to 400 years BC, and the later Totonac culture. The Olmecs are famous for their colossal stone heads, several of which have survived the centuries, and the Totonacs for their "Happy Face" effigies. Veracruz is not a tourist destination, so we were delighted to live the “real” Mexico, taste authentic local cuisine and to practice our Spanish. However, my nature photography was not neglected, and I attach a few shots. In San Miguel we witnessed an Indigenous celebration with impressive dancing and costumes.