*Includes day of arrival & departure
• Snorkeling over coral reefs
• ATVing over tall sand dunes
• Sandboard surfing
• Whitewater river rafting (class 2-4)
• Temascal Ceremony
• Rural outdoor market
• 4-wheel drive up a mountain road
• Bike down a mountain trail road
• Canyoneering & Waterfall rappels
• Rappel off an ocean cliff
• Standup paddle boarding (SUP)
• Waterfall jumping
• Jungle hiking
• Swimming beneath tropical waterfalls
Arrive in the City of Veracruz
Snorkel Over Protected Coral Reefs
Veracruz City Tour
ATV Beach & Sand Dunes Ride
Whitewater River Rafting Trip (class 2-3)
High speed Zipline Ride over the River
A Day to Acclimatize to Higher Altitudes
Explore a Huge Outdoor Mexican Market
High Altitude Hike (14,500′ +)
Mountain Bike Descent
Rugged 4-wheel Drive Trip Up a Mountain
Multiple Waterfall Rappels
Hike Down a Trail into a Canyon
Rappel off a sea cliff
View an Island of Birds
More Beach Time
Ocean Boat Ride
Lake Boat Ride
See Monkeys on islands
Visit an Ecological Nature Reserve
Horseback Trail Ride
Swim under Tropical Waterfalls
View a Massive Waterfall (the Niagara Falls of Veracruz)
Farewell Celebration Dinner
Travel Day Home from the Veracruz International Airport
Your trip guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veracruz Airport. If time permits, he can show you around the city. Overnight in a hotel in the city.
DAY 2: (B,L)
This morning, your adventure group will travel into the city of Veracruz where you will head out in a dive boat to snorkel or *SCUBA Dive over the beautiful coral reefs which are scattered everywhere and can be found just a short distance from the city shoreline. These reefs are a national underwater park protected by the Mexican government. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you on a tour of this historical port city. Overnight again in Veracruz.
DAY 3: (B,L)
Today you will check out and travel to the seaside village of Playa Chachalacas. After a lesson in ATV riding, you and your adventure companions will hit the beach and the nearby sand dunes on ATVs. You will be riding alongside the ocean waves as you zoom down the beach before heading up into a maze of tall sand dunes. No prior experience is necessary as you will quickly learn how to operate your 4-wheel ATV.
Included will be time for some fun sand board surfing down the steep dunes. Lunch will be at a small local restaurant. The afternoon is free to hang out at the beach, swim, relax, and enjoy a cold drink or two at one of the simple palapa-style restaurants found right on the beach. Overnight in a hotel in Playa Chachalacas.
DAY 4: (B,L)
This morning you will check out of your hotel and travel to the river rafting capital of Veracruz found in the tropical small town of Jalcomulco. Everyone will embark on a whitewater river rafting trip (class 2-3 rapids). You will also have the thrill of a high speed zipline ride all the way over the river. Later in the evening, everyone will participate in an ancient ritual known as Temascal. This “spiritual cleansing” takes place in an igloo-shaped hut with water poured over hot rocks in the middle to produce a steam bath effect. Overnight in a local hotel in Jalcomulco.
DAY 5: (B)
After breakfast, you will check out and enjoy a scenic 2 hour road trip arriving at the cobbled-street town of Coscomatepec. This hilly town is located below the towering snowcapped volcano of Pico de Orizaba. After your group gets settled in at a local hotel there, then it will be time to get ready for a true Mexican cultural experience. Every Monday the whole town transforms into an outdoor market place. Everything from shoes to live animals are bought and bartered here. You can have lunch right in the market where you can sample some local dishes which are prepared fresh. Most likely your group will be the only foreigners there so the locals will probably be watching you as much as you are observing them. Overnight in a Coscomatepec hotel.
DAY 6: (B,L)
Today you will experience an early morning 4-wheel drive trip up a rough mostly unpaved road to the base camp of the 3rd tallest mountain in North America. Pico de Orizaba stands at 18,500 feet with a permanent glacier on top. The base camp for climbers is located at 14,500 feet. Your guide will lead you on a short high altitude hike up the trail. After a boxed lunch, everyone will start the mountain descent on the rocky trail road riding dual suspension mountain bikes. A sag vehicle will be there if anyone wants to take a rest or start the bike descent at a lower altitude. Then it’s back to overnight in Coscomatepec.
DAY 7: (B,L)
In the morning, you will check out and travel south toward the city of Córdoba. From there you will take some back roads to get to the trail head for a path which descends way down into a big canyon. At one point, you will begin following a stream, climbing over rocks and crisscrossing the stream. During your canyoneering adventure, you will also be rappelling down waterfalls as you come them; a total of six. And yes, you will definitely get wet. Many of the waterfall rappels end in a pool of very cold water. Sometimes these pools are deep and sometimes not. It depends if you come in the wetter months or drier months. You have the option of wearing a neoprene suit which will be provided. If you have your own, you may want to bring it. Your choice. After completing the rappelling segment of this trip, you adventure is not over yet. You will still need to hike up and out of the canyon. It will be a fun and challenging day! Overnight at a hotel in nearby Fortin de Las Flores. (B,L)
DAY 8: (B,L)
This morning your group will leave the mountainous area of western Veracruz and take a road trip to the southern rain forested areas of the state. First stop is to visit a local fish market in the town of Alvarado. Then you will continue to a small village adjacent to the Gulf of México where you will have a relaxing lunch. Next, it’s off into the ocean on a local boat to explore the shoreline, see an old pirate cave, and witness hundreds of birds on an island in the ocean. Overnight in a hotel in a small seaside village.
DAY 9: (B,L)
After breakfast, your party will travel on a small rough road which winds through the natural thick tropical rain forest to a jungle nature reserve where a young local guide will lead you on a tour to explain some of the history and folklore of the area. Then you will embark on a lake boat ride to take in the wonderful green tropical vistas found everywhere you look. From the boat, you will travel close to some islands to try and spot howler and spider monkeys as well as many tropical birds. Returning back to the nature reserve, your group can enjoy a nice lunch with a scenic view of the lake. After lunch, it’s time to saddle up for a horseback trail ride. You will head up into the tropical dormant volcanic hills for a ride where you will experience some excellent views of Lake Catemaco. The evening is free to wander around the town. Overnight in a hotel in Catemaco.
DAY 10: (B,L)
Lake Catemaco is usually a calm peaceful lake in the early morning and a good time for a lake kayak trip. This lake has about 32 miles of shoreline is one of the largest lakes in all of México. You will paddle around a big island and try to spot holler monkeys in the trees. After breakfast, your guide will take you on a day of tropical exploration with a driving tour around parts of the lake. Your final destination will be to the small village of Benito Juarez. A local resident guide will meet your group and lead you into the tropical rain forest jungle. Along the way, your guide will explain about some of the plants and trees you will be passing. You will also encounter some beautiful waterfalls where (if you choose to) you can swim in the cool pools found below these cascading jungle falls. An outdoor boxed lunch is planned with one of the waterfalls as a backdrop. Later, you will return back to Catemaco and overnight in the town.
DAY 11: (B,L,D)
This area of southern Veracruz is prime for growing tobacco. After checking out of your hotel, you will tour a local cigar manufacturing company. There you can learn about how they grow, cultivate, process, and package their products before they are ready to be shipped worldwide. All aspects of this process are done by hand so you will get to see up-close their employees as they rapidly and skillfully work at the different stations. Next, your group will travel a short distance to view the awesome waterfall called, Salto de Eyipantla (Eee-gee-pant-la). This waterfall was featured in the movie, Apocalypto, directed by Mel Gibson. Then you will start traveling back back to the city of Veracruz stopping for lunch along the way at one of the local restaurants. Upon arrival, you can check in at your hotel and later meet up with your guide for a fun farewell celebration dinner.
Travel day home.
*Includes day of arrival & departure
Tour Price Includes
Airport pick-up & drop-off in Veracruz, all ground transportation, local bilingual adventure guide, activities per itinerary, all entrance fees, 13 nights of hotel lodgings, 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 1 dinner, purified drink water each day, all taxes
Tour Price Does Not Include
Airfare, activities & meals not listed in the trip itinerary, alcoholic drinks, trip interruption insurance, travel medical insurance, guide tips
Note: Listed tour prices are subject to change up until we receive your trip deposit of $350 USD per person.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate – Challenging
Group Size: 2-6
Suggested Minimum Age: 16 years
Arrival & Departure Locations: Veracruz / Veracruz (VER)
Deposit: $350 USD per person