Arrive in the City of Veracruz
La Antigua – First coastal settlement
Cempoala – Ancient Totonacan city
Quiahuiztlan – Ancient burial site
Villa Rica – Spanish came ashore here
City of Papantla – Vanilla
Papantla Voladores ceremony
El Tajin – Ancient city / UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hacienda El Lencero
Xalapa Anthropology Museum
Coatepec (Pueblo Mágico)
Xico (Pueblo Mágico)
Coffee plantation tour
Texolo waterfall – movie location
San Juan de Ulúa – Harbor fortress
Veracruz city tour
Travel day home
Your bilingual trip guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veracruz Airport. The rest of the day is free to explore the town and begin to acclimate to the slower-paced life here in Veracruz. Overnight at a hotel in the city.
DAY 2: (B,L)
Today you will travel to the small town of La Antigua where you will see the remains of an administration building built by Cortéz and his soldiers. Your guide will explain the known history of this area as well as give you a tour of how this riverside town was laid out back in the early 1500s. It is also in Antigua that you will see one of the first Catholic churches built in the Americas.
Then you will travel to see the Cempoala Ruins. Back in the 14th and 15th centuries, Cempoala was the capital of the Totonacans as well as the largest city on the Gulf of México with over 30,000 people living there. This is also an important place because Cortéz first struck an alliance with the Totonacan chief to help him defeat the Aztecs who had invaded that area.
You will also visit the ruins of Quiahuiztlan (Key-ah-wheezt-lan). This peaceful remote site is located at a higher elevation with a stunning backdrop of the Gulf of México coastline. One of the more interesting aspects of this site is the 70 small miniature temples or tombs used by the wealthy people as their final resting place.
Just below this burial site, is the small seaside village of Villa Rica. This is where Cortéz and his men came ashore to the New World.
You will overnight at one of the small seaside hotels found in the Costa Esmeralda region of Veracruz.
DAY 3: (B,L)
After breakfast, you will continue your journey to visit the ancient ruins site of El Tajín which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Totonacan people built over 150 structures including 17 ball courts and flourished there between 800 and 1150 A.D. The most famous structure at El Tajin is called, the Pyramid of the Niches. Your group will tour the major structures and learn about its history.
Later, you will have the opportunity to witness the ceremonial flight of the Voladores. Five men (Voladores or fliers) will reenact high above the ground an ancient ritual which was performed by the Totonacs to appease their god of fertility to bless the area with an abundance of food and water.
After lunch, you will get the opportunity to take a tour of the interesting town of Papantla. This northern area of Veracruz is also the place where the Spanish invaders first smelled and tasted a delightful new spice which was growing there. You know it today as vanilla. You will overnight at the same seaside hotel.
DAY 4: (B,L)
This morning you will travel to the bustling city of Xalapa (Ha-la-pah) which is the capital of Veracruz. Just outside of this vibrant town is the beautiful estate called, Hacienda El Lencero. You will visit the main mansion, the gardens, and the chapel which the Mexican General, Santa Anna (Remember the Alamo) constructed specifically for his wedding.
After touring the hacienda, your group will continue to the very modern Anthropology Museum. Here you will find the largest collection of artifacts from the people who once lived in the Mexican gulf coast region. One of the main attractions on display are the huge Olmec stone heads.
After lunch, everyone will travel a short distance to the pre-Hispanic town of Coatepec. The evening is free to stroll around the town square, explore, and have dinner on your own. You will overnight in a local hotel in Coatepec.
DAY 5: (B,L)
The Pueblo Magico town of Coatepec is located in the higher and more temperate altitudes of Veracruz where small organic coffee plantations can be found. You will have the opportunity to learn about the coffee-making process.
Nearby is another pre-Hispanic Pueblo Magico town called, Xico (Hee-coh). It is a cobbled street town with a beautiful church, handicraft shops, and nearby, you will find the waterfall which was used in the classic movie, Romancing the Stone.
You will overnight again in Coatepec.
DAY 6: (B,L,D)
After breakfast, it is time to check out and head back to the city of Veracruz where you will visit San Juan de Ulúa, a massive fortification built in the harbor to protect the city from foreign invaders and pirates. Later it was converted into a prison.
Then your guide will lead you on a walking tour of the main sites of this historical port city. Nearby you will visit the Naval Museum and climb to the top of El Baluarte de Santiago, another fort which at one time was a part of the wall that surrounded the city for protection.
In the evening, everyone will get together for a farewell dinner at a nice restaurant in the city. Everyone will overnight at a hotel in the city of Veracruz.
Travel day home from the Veracruz Airport
May 30-June 5
* Includes day of arrival & departure
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$1747 USD per adult / double
$1447 USD per child (10-17 years)
Single: $300 USD
Tour Price Includes
Veracruz host guide
Airport pickup & dropoff in Veracruz
All ground transportation
All activities per itinerary
All entrance fees
6 nights of hotel lodgings5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 dinner
Tour Price Does Not Include
Activities & meals not listed above
Trip interruption insurance
Trip medical insurance
Activity Level: Easy – Moderate (mostly easy walking with some climbing of stairs)
Group Size: 2-12
Suggested Minimum Age: 10 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Veracruz / Veracruz (VER)
Deposit: $0 USD per person
Note: At this time, we will not require a deposit to hold a place for you on this tour.
Extend Your Vacation and Sign Up for our 3 day/2 night Post-Tour to Explore the Rain Forest Region of Southern Veracruz.
This is a recognized World Biosphere Area and is one of the northern-most areas in the western hemisphere where tropical rain forest conditions exist. Roughly 55% of all the plants, insects, and wildlife you would find in all of Costa Rica can be found in this small area of southern Veracruz.
• Small Coastal Villages
• Lake & Ocean Boat Ride
• Hike in the Rain Forest
• Swim in Pools below Waterfalls
• View Monkeys & Tropical Birds
• Lunch at a Family's Home
$647 USD per adult / double
$297 USD per child (10-17)
Single: $65 USD
Tour Price Includes
All ground transportation, local bilingual guide, activities per itinerary including entrance fees, 2 nights of hotel lodgings, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, all taxes
Tour Price Does Not Include
Meals not listed above, alcoholic drinks, travel cancellation/travel medical insurance, guide tips