Veracruz México Action Adventure Tour

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Veracruz Action Adventure Tour

Participate in 10 Exciting México Outdoor Activities

10 Day Action Adventure Tour
(includes day of arrival & departure)

from $2495 /adult • $2195 /child (10-17) + air
Single Supplement +$295

Important Note:
The activities in this adventure tour are NOT “Extreme.”

They can be challenging but still doable for anyone who is in good health and has an adventurous spirit. No special skills or past experience are required to participate in these outdoor activities. Trained certified adventure guides will teach and assist all participants every step of the way during each activity.

This multi-adventure tour will take us from the coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains.

Along the way we’ll not only get to participate in 10 exciting outdoor adventures but also explore a huge rural market, tour the city of Veracruz, have lunch on the beach, visit an archaeological ruins site, and drink excellent coffee in the region of Veracruz where coffee is grown.

The state of Veracruz is a long and narrow gulf coast state which has been blessed with a diversity of outdoor natural beauty. In this Mexican state you will discover churning whitewater rapids, awesome alpine visitas, rugged canyons, ocean beaches, coral reefs, rain forest jungle, a sea of tall sand dunes, and even an 18,500 foot mountain with a glacier on its north face.

Why not bring your active teens and share these exciting and challenging outdoor experiences as a family togetherness vacation? Or go ahead and gather up a small band of your adventurous friends and family.

Sign up today for our exciting Veracruz México Action Adventure Tour.

•  Ocean Kayaking
•  Snorkeling over Coral Reefs
•  ATV Beach & Sand Dunes Ride
•  Sandboard Surfing
•  Sea Cliff Rappel
•  Mangrove Estuary by Boat
•  Whitewater River Rafting
•  Zipline
•  Waterfall Rappels
•  Scenic Mountain Drive–Sierra Madre
•  High Altitude Hiking
•  Rural Outdoor Market
•  Archaeological Ruins Site
•  Ceremonial Cavern
•  Veracruz City Tour

*2022 Tour Dates

Sept 29-Oct 8    (Th-Sa)
Dec 1-Dec 10     (Th-Sa)

**2022 Prices

$2495 per adult - double
$2195 per child (10-17 yrs)
Single: +$320


*2023 Tour Dates

Feb 8-Feb 18          (Th-Sa)
Mar 23-Apr 1          (Th-Sa)
May 18-May 27      (Th-Sa)
June 15-June 24   (Th-Sa)
July 27-Aug 5         (Th-Sa)
Aug 31-Sep 9          (Th-Sa)
Oct 19-Oct 28         (Th-Sa)
Nov 9-Nov 18         (Th-Sa)

**2023 Prices

$2595 per adult - double
$2295 per child (10-17 yrs)
Single: $320

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

Day 1:  Welcome to Veracruz
After arriving to the Veracruz Airport, catch one of the airport taxis to the hotel in downtown Veracruz City for two nights.

Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to explore some of the city or just rest up from your travels and get ready for the following days of fun active adventures. 

Day 2:  (B,L)
In the morning the sea is usually calm and just right for some kayaking in the Gulf of México right off the shores of the city of Veracruz. From out in the ocean you can get a nice view of the city and if the sea behaves, your group can paddle out to a nearby island called, Isla de Sacrificio

When the Spanish arrived in the early 1500’s, they landed on this island and were horrified to find great numbers of human remains. It was thought that this island was a place where human sacrifices were conducted. Hence the name of the island. 

Today, it is prohibited to land on the island as it is considered an archaeological zone. However, it is a good goal to kayak out to and then return.   

Next up, you will be introduced to a little more Mexican history when your guide takes you to the massive fortress called, San Juan de Ulúa. This fortress with its very thick walls to withstand cannonball blasts was very important to the coastal defense from pirates and invading countries. Construction started in 1535 to make this fortress and multiple additions were added throughout the next 300 years. 

Heading back into the center of the city, your group will take a stroll to become acquainted with the city center and some of its landmark sites.

The evening is free to relax and take in the vibes of this tropical port city. 

Day 3:  (B,L,D)
This morning it will be time to check out of your hotel and continue your adventure tour by driving a  short distance up the coast to the small seaside village of Playa Chachalacas. After changing into your swimming clothes, a local lanchero (boat driver) will meet your group to take you out to sea to an area where you will encounter shallow coral reefs. 

With provided mask, fins, and snorkel, you will have the opportunity to explore this reef. Chances are very good that your group will have the entire reef to yourself as this is a remote reef which not many people visit.

Upon returning back to shore, get ready for an excellent adventure of ATV riding and sandboard surfing. At the north end of Playa Chachalacas are a large expanse of tall sand dunes. After a safety talk about how to operate your ATV, it will be time to head down the beach to the dunes. Your guide will take you on a tour to ride up and down many of these steep sand dunes. At one point, everyone is welcome to attempt to try surfing down the dunes either standing or sitting on the sandboard. It’s fun and challenging!

Note: Only those 16 and older can ride solo on an ATV. Anyone under that age will be a passenger on the ATV riding behind an adult who will drive the vehicle throughout this activity. 

After a seaside lunch, there will be some time to hang out on the beach, swim in the ocean, take a snooze, or just relax to the sounds of the nearby Gulf of Mexico waves rolling up on shore. 

Later, it will be time to drive a short distance to the Hotel Puente Internacional, a complex nestled next to a tropical river and an ancient bridge built by the Spanish invaders hundreds of years ago. This will be you home for the next two nights. 

Day 4:  (B,L,D)
On this morning we change things up a little by visiting a small archaeological site which is also a burial site. Quiahuiztlán (Key-ah-wheetz-lán) sits atop a high bluff overlooking the Gulf of México and the beach where Spaniard, Hernán Cortés and his band of a several hundred men first landed to begin their trek to the interior where in less than two years, they conquered by annihilating the mighty Aztec Empire.

Later, your group will go down to that beach and take a little hike to see where the ocean waves channel through rocky crevices building up momentum until they shoot upwards into a large crashing sprays of water. 

A fun rappel will be set up nearby to scale down one of the sea cliffs. Think of it as a warmup to the waterfall rappels you will be doing on day 6. 

After lunch, everyone will hop on board a small boat to cruise through a mangrove estuary. Look for the little crabs that crawl around the tree roots and the seabirds flying around above.

Your group will then return back to your hotel for dinner and to overnight there once again.  

Day 5:  (B,L)
This morning you will check out and travel inland to the river rafting capital of Veracruz found in the town of Jalcomulco. 

After a river safety talk and demonstration, your group will embark on an exciting whitewater river rafting adventure with class 2-3 rapids. Everyone will be participating by helping to paddle with your onboard professional rafting guide as the main steerer and captain of the raft. 

Your 2nd adventure of the day is a fun series of ziplines where you will find yourself flying high over the river you just went rafting on. 

In the afternoon, you and your travel companions will leave this small river rafting town and head to the pre-Hispanic town of Coatepec. This designated Mexico Magic Town / Pueblo Magico happens to be smack dab in the middle of the coffee-growing region of Veracruz. Sometimes you can actually smell the coffee in the air. At an elevation of 4000 feet, this area of western Veracruz is also in what is called, a fog forest  or bosque de niebla in Spanish. Sometimes it can get pretty foggy in this higher altitude. 

In Coatepec, there is a nice town square, boutique shops, restaurants, street vendors, and multiple shops to purchase fresh coffee, locally-made liquors, and of course. Indoor and outdoor cafés are plentiful. Coffee anyone? 

The next town over is another quaint México Pueblo Magico; the town of Xico. This is where you will stay the night in the Hotel Orquidia or similar (2 nights). 

Day 6:  (B,L)
Day 6 will definitely be a day of fun challenges as you negotiate 5 waterfall rappels. When we say “waterfall rappels,” we mean just that. You will be rappelling either right down through a waterfall or right next to it. The water is cold because it flows down from the nearby mountains. The good news is that you will be wearing a neoprene wetsuit so you should stay nice and warm.

In this daylong adventure activity, your group will be hiking down grassy hills to get to the water and later, hiking back up to get out. So be prepared to do some walking. Plus at times, you will be slogging carefully through the stream as you trek from one waterfall to the next.  

After lunch at a local restaurant, everyone will head back to Xico and your hotel. In the evening, if you are not too tired, you can take a stroll through town with your host guide.    

Day 7:  (B)
Pack up your things because it’s time to change scenery. This morning your small group of adventure travelers will be heading into a higher elevation below the towering 15,800’ Pico de Orizaba mountain and the foothills of the Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains. You will arrive at the rugged cobbled street town of Coscomatepec. 

Every monday this town transforms into a huge outdoor marketplace where everything from food to clothes to animals are being sold and bartered. Most likely your group will be the only foreigners walking around this market among the many local people. Most of the streets in this town are blocked off, plastic tarps are strung up in case of rain, and the goods are brought in for sale. Your group will have the opportunity to wander around and take in the local culture at this rural weekly event. 

After eating lunch in the “food court” section of this market, your guide will take you on a tour of this mountain town to visit a few local artisans and stores. 

You will stay at the Hotel Plaza Real or similar in Coscomatepec for two nights. 

Day 8:  (B,L)
After breakfast, your guide will take you on a scenic drive up into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the small town of Alpatlahuac. On a tall hill overlooking the town is the Chapel of the Cerrito de Tepeyac. From the large veranda in front of this chapel, on a clear day you will have a commanding beautiful view of the surrounding area

Your challenge this morning will be to reach that veranda by climbing up 205 stairs. You will be starting this climb at an altitude of approximately 6,500 feet above sea level. Good luck!

As the saying goes, “what goes up, must come down.” After all the photos are taken from this high vantage point, it will be time to retrace your steps down all those stairs back to the vehicle. 

You next stop will be the town of Huatusco where you will have lunch and then visit a farm. This farm however, is not your typical farm with animals, corn growing, and the like. It is a farm where a variety of different kinds of bamboo are grown. The company operating this farm is called Bambuver. They grow and sell the bamboo for commercial purposes. One of the cool things you will find at their farm is a sample house built entirely out of bamboo, inside and out. 

Later, everyone will return back to Coscomatepec and your hotel. 

Day 9:  (B,L,D)
Today you and your adventurous companions will travel to a couple more interesting places to see before arriving back to the port city of Veracruz. 

The first one is a cave with a massive opening. As a comparison, you might think it looks like a big arena for hosting events … and in fact, at certain times of the year, it is used for that purpose. The name of the cave is called Totomochapan.

Historical evidence has shown that this cave was used in pre-Hispanic times to hold ritual ceremonies called Xochitlallis. It was a celebration to give offerings and thanks to Mother Earth for her blessings of good weather and rain to produce a plentiful harvest. 

In present day, this ceremony still takes place each year at the start of Holy Week. However, it has now evolved into a mixture of the old pre-Hispanic indigenous beliefs combined with Christian traditions.

A short hike will bring your group to the waterfall called Popocatl. The name means Smoking Waters in the Nahuatl language. It is a very impressive and forceful waterfall with a 200 foot drop into a small internal lake located inside of a cave. Some consider Popocatl to be one of the more interesting falls in the country of Mexico.  

After lunch, it will be time to head back to the city of Veracruz and check in to your hotel. In the evening, you, your travel companions, and your guide will meet for a last farewell dinner in the city to enjoy each other’s company one last time and to reminisce about your recent adventures together in the state of Veracruz. 

Day 10:  (B)
At the appropriate time, one of our staff will drive you to the Veracruz Airport for your flight home or for your flight to your next exciting travel destination. 

Buen Viaje!

Tour Price Includes:
•  10 days / 9 night guided tour (includes day of arrival & departure)
•  Small group tour size of up to 6 participants
•  All ground transportation during guided tour days
•  All activities as listed in the itinerary
•  All entrance fees & rental equipment
•  9 nights of hotel lodgings
•  9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
•  All tips for all your guides & driver

Excluded:
Airfare
Airport transfers
Additional activities & meals not listed above
Alcoholic drinks
Trip interruption insurance

Read our Tour Terms & Conditions 

Group activities listed are subject to change.

Activity Level: Easy - Moderate
Maximum Group Size: 6
Suggested Minimum Age: 10 years
Arrival & Departure Cities: Veracruz (VER) / Veracruz (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. We will take care of the tips for all specialty guides as well as your main host guide.

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.