BEST OF MEXICO: 3 DAY TROPICAL EXPLORATION IN SOUTHERN VERACRUZ
3 Days/2 Nights to Enjoy theTropical Rain Forest Region in Veracruz México
On this adventure trip, you will enjoy the tropical green rain forest beauty, visit small beach villages alongside the Gulf of México, and view tropical wildlife in their natural environment.
The Los Tuxtlas Region in the Mexican state of Veracruz is located 100 miles south of the historical port city of Veracruz. This is a recognized World Biosphere Area because of the vast amount of tropical trees, plants, animals, and birds.
It was said that Steven Spielberg had considered using this tropical area to film Jurassic Park. Once your local tour guide gets you into this area, you will immediately see what Mr. Spielberg saw … a backdrop of mysteriously beautiful volcanic hills draped in a skirt of green jungle.
FYI: You may not run into any other foreign travelers during this 3 day exploration adventure. Plus … for much of your trip, you will not have access to cell phone service and internet connections.
"You don't go to all the crowded places. You go to all the more neat places; the more local places."
Ocean & Lake Boat Rides
Swim in Pools below Waterfalls
Mud Mask Facial
Lunch on the Beach
2019 & 2020
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$647 USD adult
$297 USD child (8-17)
Single Suplement – $65 USD
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- Hidden Pirate’s Cave
- Island with Hundreds of Tropical Birds
- Ocean Boat Ride
- Hike in the Tropical Rain Forest Jungle
- Swim in pools below Jungle Waterfalls
- Scenic drive around Lake Catemaco
- Tour a Tropical Jungle Reserve
- Lake Catemaco Boat Ride to spot Monkeys in the Wild & Tropical Birds
- View one of the original giant Olmec Stone Heads
See Salto de Eyipantla, a Massive Waterfall used in a Mel Gibson Movie
DAY 1: Scenic Drive / Ocean Boat Ride / Pirate Cave / Bird Island / Beach Time / Catemaco (L)
Your personal English/Spanish speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio. You will travel a few hours south to a small sandy seaside village where your group will board a boat for a ride on the ocean to explore a huge pirate cave, view tall rocky cliffs, and experience hundreds of sea birds found on an island off the coast. Lunch will be back on the beach at a local restaurant. Your journey will then continue down the Gulf of México coastline stopping at times to admire the panoramic views. Eventually, you will travel inland down a small two lane road which carries you through thick untouched tropical jungle. You may be able to smell the delightfully fresh oxygen-rich air created by the vast amount of plants and trees surrounding the road. Your destination will be the lakeside town of Catemaco located in the heart of the Los Tuxtlas Region. The evening is free to relax and enjoy. You will overnight in a comfortable local hotel in town.
DAY 2: Road Trip Around The Lake / Jungle Hike / Waterfalls / Swimming (B,L)
After breakfast, it will be an exciting day of exploring the area adjacent to one of the largest lakes in all of México; Lake Catemaco. The 32 miles of shoreline is ringed by tropical dormant volcanic hills covered in jungle forest. Hidden in these tropical woods, you will discover beautiful waterfalls cascading its cool waters into refreshingly clear pools below. On a warm day, these pools are a natural haven for soaking your feet or immersing your whole body. Anyone for a swim? A picnic lunch is included. Finally, you will travel back to your hotel in Catemaco.
DAY 3: Nature Reserve / Lake Catemaco Boat Ride / Monkes / Huge Waterfall / Olmec Head (B,L)
Only minutes away from the downtown area of Catemaco is the eco-nature reserve called, Nanciyaga. After breakfast, this will be your first stop where a local guide will lead you on a tour of this reserve where he/she will explain some of the history and folklore. Then you will embark on a lake boat ride. From out in the water, you will get a different perspective of this tropical World Biosphere Area. Along the way, you may spot howler and spider monkeys found on some of the small islands in the lake. Then you will return to Catemaco to check out of your hotel and have some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Next your guide will take you to see the awesome waterfall that was used in Mel Gibson’s movie, Apocalypto. Think of it as the “Niagara Falls” of Veracruz. Later, you will start your journey back to the city of Veracruz. On the way, your group will have the opportunity to see one of the original Olmec Colossal Stone Heads. It is still a mystery today as to how they carved and moved this multi-ton sculpture. Your guide will take you back to your hotel or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio.
2019 & 2020 Tour Dates
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$647 USD /adult
$297 USD / child 8-17 years oldingle Supplement: $65 USD
Tour Price Includes
Included: Hotel pickup & dropoff in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio, all ground transportation, all entrance fees, local bilingual guide, tours per itinerary, 2 nights of hotel lodgings, all taxes, drinking water each day, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Tour Price Does Not Include
Airfare, additional activities & meals not listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, trip interruption insurance, travel medical insurance, and guide tips
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate
Group Size: 2-6
Suggested Minimum Age: 8
Arrival & Departure Location: City of Veracruz
Deposit: $350 USD per person
Printable Trip Flier
Afternoon on Day 2: Horseback Trail Ride (3 hours): $49 USD per person (min. 4 people)
Evening on Day 2: Temascal Ceremony: $65 USD per person (min. 4 people)