Ocean Boat Ride
Island with Hundreds of Tropical Birds
Hidden Pirate Sea Cave
Scenic Drive around Lake Catemaco
Hike in the Tropical Rain Forest Jungle
Swim in pools below Jungle Waterfalls
Lunch at a Local Family's Home
Lake Boatride to spot Monkeys
Tour a Cigar Manufacturing Company
View a Massive Waterfall
See one of the Original Giant Olmec Stone Heads
Return to the city of Veracruz
DAY 1: (L,D)
Your personal English/Spanish speaking host guide will meet you at your hotel lobby or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio.
You will then travel a few hours south to a small rural 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 rookery off the coast.
Lunch will be back on the beach at a small 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.
Dinner will be at a typical restaurant in town. You will overnight in a comfortable local hotel.
DAY 2: (B,L,D)
After beakfast, 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.
The road is not paved the whole way so get ready for a bouncy ride as you travel part way around the lake to a small jungle village where you will meet your local "jungle" guide. He does not speak English so your host guide will translate as he describes the medicinal purposes for some of the plants and trees you will encounter on your hike through the rain forest. There is a stone path to walk on but it is uneven and at times, may be wet from the mists of the waterfalls, humidity, and rain.
At the turn around point, there is a beautiful waterfall with a nice cool pool at its base. Bring swim clothes as you are welcome to wade and swim in this crystal clear pool. You can swim up to the base of the falls and take pleasure in letting the water give you a natural massage.
Back at the small jungle village, everyone will be invited for a typical lunch at a family's rustic home. You are even invited to help prepare the meal in their dirt floor kitchen over a woodburning stove.
On your drive to return to Catemaco, there is one more activitiy ... a lake boat ride to view tropical birds and monkeys who living on small forested islands in Lake Catemaco.
Dinner will be at a local typical restaurant in town.
DAY 3: (B,L)
After breakfast, your group will check out and drive a short distance to a cigar manufacturing company. This area of southern Veracruz is condusive to growing tobacco. A guide from the company will lead you on a short tour to watch the many local workers as they cut, weigh, handroll, and package each individual cigar to be ready to ship to domestic and foreign destinations. For those who smoke cigars or have friends/relatives who do, you will have the opportunity to purchase them at the end of the tour.
A short hop, skip, and jump from the cigar company is a massive waterfall. Some call it the "Niagara Falls of Veracruz."
In a producer roll, Mel Gibson invested time at this waterfall filming a segment of a movie he produced some years back called, Apocalypto. He must of been impressed to select this location for his movie and we think you will be impressed too. During your visit there, your guide will let you view a clip from the movie.
Lunch will take place at a restaurant by the falls.
Note: There are 244 steps to reach the bottom of the falls. And remember, you will have to walk up them again to reach your tour vehicle.
There will be one more stop along the way before returning to the city of Veracruz and your hotel. In one of the towns you will pass, there is one of the original giant Olmec stone heads showcased in the center of town. Just like the waterfall, it is big and very impresive. It is still a mystery today as to how they carved and then moved this multi-ton sculpture.
Your guide will drop you off at the hotel of your choice and bid you, Buen Viaje. Dinner will be on your own.
2021 Tour Dates
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$647 USD per adult / double
$297 USD per child (8-17)
Single: +$65 USD
Tour Price Includes
Local Veracruz guide
Hotel pickup & dropoff in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio
All ground transportation
All activities per itinerary
All entrance fees
2 nights of hotel lodgings
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches
Tour Price Does Not Include
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Trip interruption insurance
Travel medical insurance
Guide tips and tips for any other helpful people.
Activity Level: Easy-Moderate
Group Size: 2-6
Suggested Minimum Age: 8
Arrival & Departure Cities: Veracruz / Veracruz (VER)
Deposit: $350 USD per person
There are no add-on options for this trip at this time.