BEST OF MEXICO: TROPICAL SOUTHERN VERACRUZ
8 Days/ 7 Nights to Explore the Rain Forest Region of Veracruz México
The Spanish word, Tranquilo (tranquility) is often used to express the feeling our travel guests experience on this exploration trip.
You are invited on this fun guided adventure vacation tour to explore the warm tropics of rural 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.
• Hike in a Jungle Rain Forest
• Discover Monkeys in the Wild
• Hidden Pirate Cave
• Standup Paddleboarding
• View Hundreds of Tropical Birds
• Swim in Pools below Waterfalls
• Lunch at a Local Family’s Home
• Mangrove Estuary Boat Tour
• See Cigars Rolled by Hand
- ITINERARY OVERVIEW
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Arrive in the city of Veracruz
Scenic Drive to Southern Veracruz
Ocean Boat Ride
Secret Pirate Sea Cave
View Hundreds of Tropical Birds
Beach Time in a Rural Seaside Village
Learn how to use a Standup Paddleboard
Paddle on a Lazy Tropical Stream
Free Time: Beach/Explore the Gulf Coast
View Mangrove Estuaries by Boat
Swim in Crystal Clear Spring Water
Travel to the Lakeside Town of Catemaco
Walking Tour of Catemaco
Scenic Drive Around Lake Catemaco
Hike into the Jungle Rainforest
Swim in Pools Below Tropical Waterfalls
Lunch at a Local Family's Home
Lake Catemaco Boat Ride
Spot Howler & Spider Monkeys
Horse Trail Ride
Learn How Cigars are Hand-Rolled
View a Huge Waterfall
See an Original Olmec Stone Head
Return to the port of Veracruz
Travel Day Home
Your local bilingual host tour 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: (B,L)
After breakfast, you will check out and travel several hours south to a region called, Costa de Oro. It is located along the Gulf of México coast in rural southern southern Veracruz.
Get ready to go Off-the-Grid!
Put your cell phone away because where you are heading, there is no cell or internet service.
Upon arriving at a tiny rural seaside village, you can kick off your shoes and enjoy a barefoot lunch at an outdoor beach palapa-style restaurant with the shimmering Gulf of México waters as your backdrop.
Most likely, you will be the only foreigners on the beach.
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 be able to view magnificent rocky cliffs, a huge cave once used by pirates, and an island rookery filled with hundreds and hundreds of tropical birds.
Then it is just a short drive to another slightly larger seaside village to overnight in a small local hotel. The late afternoon and evening will be free to enjoy the beach, swim, have a drink or two, and relax.
FYI – Remember - No reliable cell or internet service will be found here; only tranquility.
Day 3: (B,L)
Get you swim suit on. It's time to get wet!
Today your guide will give you some instructions for balancing on a standup paddleboard (SUP). Then you will embark on a tranquil tropical stream/river for a relaxing morning of paddling and floating. And if the ocean is calm, you can also head into the Gulf as this stream flows into it.
The afternoon is free to relax on the beach and/or explore this México laidback stretch of rural tropical coastline.
Overnight at the same hotel.
DAY 4: (B,L)
After breakfast, you will check out and drive through the dense tropical rain forest where at times, you may be able to 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 small 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.
You will overnight at one of their local small hotels.
DAY 5: (B,L)
The day of exploration begins after a leisurely breakfast with a scenic drive around this massive lake with stops along the way to view interesting sites.
Finally, your group will arrive at a small village to meet your local "jungle guide." He will lead you on a tour of the tropical rainforest pointing out certain plants and trees to inform you of its medicinal benefits to people. Your host guide will translate because your jungle guide only speaks Spanish.
During your 2-3 hour hike, you will have the option of wading into a clear cool pool found below one of the waterfalls you will pass along the way.
After returning from the hike, everyone will be invited to the home of either your jungle guide or one of the other local guides for a homemade lunch. Please note that their home is a simple structure with dirt floors and a woodburning stove. Nothing fancy.
After lunch, it will be time to head back to Catemaco and your hotel. The evening is open for whatever you would like to do.
Your small group will overnight again in Catemaco.
DAY 6: (B,L)
After breakfast, it will be time to go on a leisurely boat ride to view this tropical area from the lake. A highlight will be to look for spider and howler monkeys which live on islands in the lake. We bet the warm air in your hair and on your face will feel great as you cruise on this large lake.
At one point in the boat ride, we will stop to visit a shaman who will perform a traditional spiritual cleansing on each person.
Lunch today will be served at our friend's horse ranch. Then it will be time to ride up into the low green tropical hills which surround the lake on a horse trail ride.
Later, everyone will return to Catemaco to relax at your hotel or explore on your own.
DAY 7: (B,L,D)
After breakfast, everyone will check out and travel to visit a cigar company. 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 view 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 make a stop to view an original giant Olmec stone head back.
Continuing on, everyone will check into the hotel in the city of Veracruz.
A farewell dinner to celebrate your memorable tour with your host guide will take place at a nice restaurant in the city.
DAY 8: (B)
Travel day home from the Veracruz Airport.
February 1 -8
* Includes day of arrival & departure
- 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!
$1897 USD per adult / double
$997 per child (10-17)
Tour Price Includes
Airport pickup in the city of Veracruz, all ground transportation, local bilingual guide, tours per itinerary including entrance fees, all taxes, 7 nights of hotel lodgings, purified water each day, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 dinner
Tour Price Does Not Include
Airfare, meals not listed above, alcoholic beverages, transfer to airport on last day, trip travel/medical insurance, tips for your tour guides and any other helpful people
Activity Level: Moderate
Group Size: 2-6
Suggested Minimum Age: 10 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Veracruz / Veracruz (VER)
Deposit: $350 USD per person
What to Expect on this Tour:
Once you travel outside the city of Veracruz, most of this tour will be in rural locations with some areas having limited or no internet and cell phone service. Some of the roads you will travel on will be unpaved and bumpy.
Your hotel stays will range from 4 stars in the city of Veracruz to 2-3 stars in the more rural tropical areas.
We reccommend you only bring 1 carry-on and 1 backpack as you will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.
You will be walking from 1-3 hours each day. Much of this will be on uneven pavement as well as dirt and rocky paths.
Your meals will be at typical small local restaurants and one of the lunches will be at a family's rustic home. Note that most of your dinners are not included in the tour price.
Only Mexican Pesos will be accepted in all the locations you will visit on this tour. It is advisable to either obtain Mexican Pesos from your home town bank prior to your arrival, use an ATM upon arrival, or bring your currency and exchange it at the airport or exchange place in the city of Veracruz. Your credit cards may not always be accepted in the more rural areas of this tour.
FYI - In the state of Veracruz, you will not find many people who speak English. Your host guide does speak English and will be able to help with translations.