Back Roads of Southern Veracruz Tour

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Back Roads of Veracruz │ Tropical Rain Forest, Wildlife & Coastal Villages Tour - 8 Days

Explore Tropical Rain Forests, Rural Seaside Villages, Lakes, Waterfalls & Wildlife

8 Day Guided México Exploration Tour
(includes day of arrival & departure)

$2695 per person + air
Single Supplement +$430

The Spanish word, tranquilo (tranquility) is often used to express the feeling our travel guests experience on this exploration trip.

We invite you to join us on this guided adventure vacation alongside the Gulf of México and in the rain forest jungles and lakes found in this rural region of southern Veracruz in México.

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This trip will give you plenty of time to observe the slowpaced lifestyle of the local people as well as to experience some fun outdoor adventures like hiking, boating, swimming, and horseback trail riding.

Here in southern Veracruz, hundreds of spieces of tropical birds dominate the air and trees, including the colorful and very noisy macaws. We’ll also feel like true adventurers as we “hunt” to locate spider & howler monkeys living on islands in one of the freshwater lakes.

Escape from the world for a few days!
Some of the places we will visit may not have cell and internet service. Yep. This gulf coast rain forested region definitely qualifies as one of the Back Roads of México regions.

We look forward to you joining us on this off-the-beaten path tour into the rural Back Roads of Southern Veracruz.

Tour Highlights

•  Hike in a Jungle Rain Forest
•  Discover Monkeys in the Wild
•  Hidden Pirate Cave
•  Enjoy a Lazy Day on a Gulf Coast Beach
•  View  Tropical Birds
•  Swim in Pools below Waterfalls
•  Lunch at a Local Family’s Home
•  Visit a Shaman
•  Horseback Trail Ride
•  Mangrove Estuary Boat Tour
•  See Cigars Rolled by Hand
View one of the Original Giant Olmec Stone Heads


Dates & Prices

*2024 Tour Dates

Sep 7-Sep 14         (Sa-Sa)

**2024 Prices

$2695 per person – double
Single +$430


*2025 Tour Dates

Jan 18-Jan 25     (Sa-Sa)
Feb 15-Feb 22     (Sa-Sa)
Mar 22-Mar 29     (Sa-Sa)
Sep 20-Sep 27     (Sa-Sa)
Oct 18-Oct 25      (Sa-Sa)
Nov 8-Nov15       (Sa-Sa)

**2025 Prices

$2775 per person – double
Single +$450

* Includes day of arrival & departure.
** Prices in USD.  Air not included in tour price

Tour Itinerary
DAY 1: Welcome to the Historic Port of Veracruz

Arrive to the port city of Veracruz and take an airport taxi to check in at our hotel in the city center. There will be many restaurants near our hotel. We’ll sleep 1 night in the city. 

DAY 2:  Alvarado Fish Market / Lunch on the Beach / Scenic Ocean Boat Ride

This morning we’ll meet and have breakfast with our host guide. He will give us an orientation about what to expect in the coming days and answer any of our questions.

Then it will be time for us to check out and travel several hours south to a region called, Costa de Oro. It is located along the Gulf of México in rural southern Veracruz.

Along the way, we’ll stop in the riverside town of Alvarado to explore their local fish market. Our guide will introduce us to the local fishermen as they show us the many kinds of ocean and river fish which were freshly caught that morning.

Continuing south, we will arrive at the tiny rural seaside village called Arroyo de Lisa. It is there we can kick off our shoes and enjoy a barefoot lunch in the sand at a palapa-style outdoor beach restaurant with the shimmering Gulf of México waters as our backdrop. Of course, seafood will be the specialty. There will be other selections as well. 

Later, we’ll hop on a local boat only steps from our table to view this tropical paradise from the sea. During the ride, we’ll be able to view magnificent rocky cliffs and a huge sea cave once used by pirates. In the distance we’ll marvel at the low green rolling hills. It is then that we can be able to understand why Steven Spielberg considered using this backdrop for his Jurassic Park movies.

We will stay at a small family-run hotel for the next 2 nights near the ocean.   (B,L,D)

FYI – Cell and internet service is not always the greatest here. 

Day 3:  Tropical Waterfalls / Pools to Swim in Below / Beach Time on the Gulf of Mexico Beach

After breakfast, we’ll drive down some small rural roads to view a couple hidden waterfalls. There are clear refreshing pools below these falls which give us the opportunity to jump in. On a nice warm tropical day, the cool water will feel great!

Later we’ll head over to another beach where we may encounter local families and small groups of seniors enjoying the day. The Gulf of México water will be warm and inviting for a swim. We will have lunch there right on the beach at one of the rustic palapa restaurants and have the afternoon to just relax by the sea. 

Overnight at the same hotel.  (B,L,D)

DAY 4:  Cruise through a Mangrove Estuary / Scenic Tropical Drive / Lakeside town of Catemaco  

After breakfast, we’ll 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.

Our first stop will be at a small town located next to a large lake which empties into the Gulf of México. There we’ll head out in a small boat which will take us to see the gnarled mangrove trees found in the backwaters of this lake. Be on the lookout to view all the tropical birds. If we’re lucky, we might see a flock of colorful parrots flying overhead.

Later, we’ll continue our drive through the rural 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, our guide will lead us on a walking tour of this lakeside town.

We’ll sleep 3 nights in Catemaco.  (B,L,D)

DAY 5:  Jungle Hike with a Local Villager  

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, we will arrive at a small village to meet our local “jungle guide.” He will lead us on a tour of the tropical rainforest pointing out certain plants and trees to inform us of their medicinal benefits to people. Our host guide will translate because this local rain forest guide only speaks Spanish.

During our 2-3 hour hike, we’ll have the option of wading and swimming in a clear cool pool found below one of the waterfalls we’ll pass along the way.

After returning from the hike, we are invited to the home of either our local guide or one of the other villagers for a homemade lunch. Please note that the homes in this village are simple structures with dirt floors, chickens running around, and a woodburning stove. Nothing fancy.

After lunch, it will be time to head back to Catemaco and our hotel. Dinner will be on our own this evening.

Overnight in Catemaco.  (B,L)

DAY 6:  Lake Catemaco Boat Ride / Monkeys on Islands / Horse Trail Ride up in the Tropical Hills

This morning it will be time to go on a leisurely boat ride to view this tropical area from Lake Catemaco. A highlight will be to look for spider and howler monkeys which live on islands in the 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.

After lunch, we’ll go on a horse trail ride up into the low green tropical hills which surround the lake.

Sleep in Catemaco.   (B,L)

DAY 7:  Locals Hand-Rolling Cigars / Eyipantla Waterfall / Original Olmec Stone Head / Farewell Dinner   

After breakfast, we’ll check out and visit a cigar company. Here we will see how the tobacco leaves are cut and hand-rolled. 

Then we’ll 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. We’ll have a ringside view of the falls as we enjoy our lunch at an outdoor restaurant.

We will make one more stop before returning to the city of Veracruz to view one of the original giant Olmec Stone Heads which is showcased in a town square not far from where it was discovered.

Continuing on, we’ll check into our hotel in the city of Veracruz.

To conclude our journey, we’ll all meet-up one last time for a farewell dinner to celebrate our memorable tour.  (B,L,D)

DAY 8:  Tour Ends After Breakfast 

Our tour officially ends after breakfast.  (B) 

Buen Viaje!

Itinerary schedule is subject to change.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes:
•  8 days / 7 night guided tour
    (includes day of arrival & departure)
•  Small group tour size of up to 6 travelers
•  Host guide plus local experts
•  All ground transportation during tour days
•  All activities as listed in the itinerary
•  All entrance fees
•  7 nights of hotel lodgings
•  7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
•  All tips for all your guides & driver

Airport transfers
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Alcoholic drinks
Trip interruption insurance
Medical evacuation insurance

Group activities listed are subject to change.

Tour Details

Activity Level: Moderate
Maximum Group Size: 6
Suggested Minimum Age: 8 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Veracruz City / Veracruz City (VER)
Deposit: $350 USD per person

A Reminder –
There is no need to fret over how much to tip and of having the right amount of Mexican Pesos at the end of your tour.
Tips are already included in your trip price for all specialty guides as well as your main host guide and driver during

Tour Terms & Conditions  

Extend Your Trip

If you would like to stay a few more days in this region either before or after your tour with us and would like some assistance in making those plans, contact us.
We can design an independent travel experience based on what you would like to see and do. We can help you to arrange local transportation, accommodations, and set you up with a local guide.