EXPLORE MEXICO’S “FORGOTTEN COAST” IN THE TROPICS OF VERACRUZ

BEST OF MEXICO: TROPICAL SOUTHERN VERACRUZ

7 Days/6 Nights to Explore the Rain Forest Region of Veracruz México

All ages are welcome on this fun adventure vacation tour to explore the warm tropics of southern Veracruz. This trip will give you plenty of time to interact and observe the slow-paced lifestyle of the local people and experience some fun outdoor adventures as you enjoy all the beautiful tropical scenery which will surround you at every turn. The word tranquilo (tranquility) is often used to express the feeling our travel guests experience on this trip.

Highlights

Hike in a jungle rain forest
Discover monkeys in the wild
View hundreds of tropical birds living on an ocean island
Swim in crystal clear pools below hidden tropical waterfalls
Have lunch at a local family’s home in a jungle village
Explore a mangrove-filled estuary by boat
Tour the historical port city of Veracruz

Tour Dates

2019

October 6-12

November 10-16 

December 1-7

Includes arrival & departure days

Tour Price

$1234 USD adult
$1234 USD child (10-17)
Single Suplement – $123 USD

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DAY 1:

  • Arrive in the City of Veracruz

DAY 2:

  • Secret Pirate Cave
  • Island with Hundreds of Tropical Birds
  • Ocean Boat Cruise  

DAY 3:

  • Walking Tour of Catemaco
  • Travel to the Tropical Lakeside Town of Catemaco
  • View Mangrove Estuaries & Tropical Wildlife
  • Lake Sontecomapan Boat Ride

DAY 4:

  • Swim in Pools Below Tropical Waterfalls
  • Hike into the Jungle Rain Forest
  • Scenic Road Trip Around Lake Catemaco

DAY 5:

  • Free Time in the Afternoon
  • Lake Catemaco Boat Ride
  • Optional: 3 Hour Horseback Ride
  • Explore a Tropical Nature Reserve

DAY 6:

  • Evening Walking Tour of the City of Veracruz
  • See an Original Olmec Stone Head
  • Experience an Awesome Gigantic Waterfall
  • Visit a Cigar Manufacturing Company
  • Farewell Dinner

DAY 7:

  • Travel Day Home

DAY 1:

Your bilingual trip guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veracruz Airport. He will take you to your hotel which is located in the city of Veracruz. If you will not be arriving too late, your guide can show you some of the sites in the city.

DAY 2:

After breakfast, you will check out and travel south to the more tropical areas found in the state of Veracruz. Along the way, your guide will make a small detour to show you an interesting outdoor fish market where you will meet the fishermen and get to view their “catch of the day.” Continuing south, you will arrive in a tiny rural seaside village where you can enjoy a barefoot lunch at an outdoor sandy beach palapa-style restaurant with the shimmering Gulf of México waters as your backdrop. Later, your group will hop on a local boat only steps from your table to view this tropical paradise from the sea. During the ride, you will view magnificent rocky cliffs, a huge cave once used by pirates, and an island filled with hundreds and hundreds of tropical birds. Then it is just a short scenic drive to another slightly larger seaside village. It is there you will overnight in a small local hotel. The evening is free to enjoy the beach, swim, have a drink or two, and relax. FYI – no cell phone service will be found here; only tranquility. (B,L)

DAY 3:

After breakfast, you will check out and drive through the dense tropical rain forest where at times, you can actually smell the highly oxygenated air created from the immense amount of plant life and trees. Your first stop will be at a small town located next to a lake which empties into the Gulf of México. There you will embark in a boat which will take you to see the gnarled mangrove trees found in the backwaters of this lake. Be on the lookout to view all the tropical birds. If you are lucky, you may see a flock of colorful parrots flying overhead. Later, you will continue your drive through the green countryside to another bigger town called Catemaco. This town is nestled next to the 4th largest freshwater lake in all of México. After checking into a small local hotel, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of Catemaco.  (B,L)

DAY 4:

The day of exploration begins after a leisurely breakfast with a scenic trip around the lake with stops along the way to view interesting sites. After a short hike on trails carved into the jungle forest, your travel group will stop by some small waterfalls to enjoy a swim and also a picnic lunch. Later, everyone will return to Catemaco for a relaxing evening.  (B,L)

DAY 5:

No rush this morning. You and the others in your party will determine when you want to have breakfast and then start your excursion for the day. In the tropics, there is a lot of water and so that will be the mode of transportation for today. You will feel the warm breeze in your hair as you cruise on a Lake Catemaco boat ride to visit a nature reserve where a local guide will lead you on a short walking tour. He will explain some of the history of the area and also give you insight into some of the uses the trees and tropical plant life provide for us. Later, you will hop back on the boat and visit a couple of islands that are home to families of monkeys. Lunch today will be served up with a great tableside view of this tropical lake. Then you will return to Catemaco to relax at your hotel or wander around on your own.  (B,L)

DAY 6:

After breakfast, everyone will check out and travel to visit the Te Amo cigar factory. Here you will see how many local people are employed to cut, shape, and package the different kinds of cigars which are then ready for markets in México and abroad. After the cigar factory tour, you will head over to see the waterfall Mel Gibson used in the final scenes of his movie, Apocalypto. We call it, the “Niagara Falls” of Veracruz. You will have a ringside view of the falls as you enjoy your lunch at an outdoor restaurant. Then your group will head north and back to the city of Veracruz where you will check into your hotel. Later, your guide will take you on a walking tour of the downtown area. A farewell dinner will take place at one of the outdoor restaurants in the central plaza.  (B,L,D)

DAY 7:

Travel day home

DATES

2019 Trip Dates:  October 6-12  /  November 10-16  /  December 1-7

Want to make this a private tour for 2-6 people? Please contact us for available dates & pricing.

Want to customize this tour to fit your vacation schedule & interests? Just contact us and let’s get creative!

PRICES

Tour Prices:  $1567 USD per adult (double)  /  $797 per child (6-17)

Single Supplement: $215 /adult

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INCLUDED IN TOUR FEE

Airport pickup in the city of Veracruz, all ground transportation, all entrance fees, local bilingual guide, tours per itinerary, all taxes, 6 nights of hotel lodgings, purified water each day, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner

NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR FEE

Airfare, meals not listed above, alcoholic beverages, transfer to airport on last day, trip travel/medical insurance, and guide tips

DETAILS

Trip Difficulty:  Easy – Moderate

Group Size:  2-6  (Larger groups can be accommodated. Contact Us for details & special pricing)

Suggested Minimum Age:  6 years old

Arrival & Departure Location:  Veracruz / Veracruz (VER)

Deposit:  $350 USD per person

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Stay and add one or more of these 1 day excursions 

El Tajin Archaeological World Heritage Site & the Papantla Fliers – $117 USD/ adult

Explore the Route of the Spanish Conquistadors – $87 USD/ adult

Whitewater River Rafting & Zipline Adventure – $129 USD/ adult

Xalapa’s Anthropology Museum & City Tour – $89 USD/ adults

Note: These extra 1 day trips will require one or more extra nights in the city of Veracruz. We can help make these arrangements for you.

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