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Life in Xapala, Mexico

A traditional meal of grilled beef and cactus stew is served at Xalapa’s Asadero Cien restaurant. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Son Residentes play Cuban rhythms at Lorencillo restaurant in Xalapa. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
In Xalapa, Grupo Sotavento performs fancy folkloric footwork at Hotel Xalapa. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
An exhibition draws visitors to a tunnel-like gallery at Ágora de la Ciudad in Xalapa. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
The snowcapped Pico de Orizaba, Mexico’s tallest mountain, looms over Xalapa’s sprawling suburbs. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)
Xalapa, Mexico, is well-suited to exploring on foot and detours off a main street reward the curious. This alley’s small shop has a wide selection of classical, jazz and ethnic music. (Robert Gauthier / LAT)