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Veracruz: Sandboarding on the Dunes at Chachalacas Beach

1. Veracruz: Sandboarding on the Dunes at Chachalacas Beach

The trip starts with pickup from your accommodation in Veracruz then heads out to Chachalacas Beach where your adventure begins. The beach is home to 550 hectares of sand dunes as well as spectacular views of the ocean and out across the Gulf of Mexico. Admire the breathtaking landscapes where the sea mixes with sand formations and resembles a huge desert. Time to get surfing as you hop on board and glide along the dunes. Feel the adrenaline rush through your body as you sail across the sand with the wind in your hair. After a fun few hours of surfing on the dunes, enjoy a relaxing walk along Chachalacas Beach and some free time to take photos of the incredible landscape.

From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

2. From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

Start the tour with pick up at your hotel at 8 AM and travel for 3.5 hours to the archaeological zone. Arrive at the most important ceremonial center of the Totonaca peoples, the archaeological area of El Tajín which combines history, knowledge, and beauty in one setting. Next, admire the pre-colonial buildings in the middle of the jungle including a palace, temple, and soccer fields. Marvel at the amazing pyramid of Los Nichos which is considered to be an agricultural, civic, and sun calendar, due to its 7 levels and 365 niches. After this, continue the tour to Papantla, also known as Pueblo Mágico, located a few kilometers away in Totonacapan. This place is where vanilla originates from and where local men performed fertility rituals. Learn about how the precolonial and Spanish melting pot of cultures led to the mixing of folklore and taste; a heritage that still lives on in the region. Explore the historical center of Papantla and take in panoramic views of Papantla from the observation deck. Return to Veracruz at 6 PM where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

3. From Veracruz: Xalapa, Xico & Coatepec Culture & Coffee Tour

Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to Xalapa for 1.5-hours. When you arrive, gain an introduction to the city known as a 'pueblos mágicos', and learn everything you wanted to know about the famous local coffee known as 'veracruzano'. Find out why the city was named 'The Flowers City' due to its gardens and fog, and is also known as 'Atenas Veracruzana' due to its culture and history. Then, visit the Anthropological Museum of Xalapa which contains the 2nd most important prehispanic Mesoamérica collections in the world including Olmeca, Totonaca, and Huasteca objects. After this, stop in El Lencero Hacienda, an old building full of colonial-era furniture, objects, and utensils set amongst stunning gardens and courtyards. Next, visit the villages of Xico and Coatepec, which have also both been appointed as 'pueblos mágicos' as part of a Federal program that recognizes cultural, gastronomic, and artistic traditions. Find out how Xico is known for its fiestas patronales, traditions, and delicious local dishes such as 'mole'. Also visit the famous Cascada de Texolo, surrounded by growth. Finally, discover why Coatepec is famous for its world-famous coffee on a visit to the coffee museum. Learn about the process of making coffee from bean to cup, as well as gaining an understanding for the traditions and culture that surrounds drinking it. At the end of the tour, return to Veracruz where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

4. Chachalacas: ATV & Dunes With La Antigua

Join this journey to Chachalacas Beach, where 550 acres of sand dunes offer excitement to visitors. Enjoy spectacular views of the ocean that will make you want to stay and relax for the whole day. Have fun on a quad bike as you drive through the sand dunes and feel the adrenaline running throughout your body. Your journey continues with a visit to the small town of La Antigua. Learn about the history of the first city council and church in all of Mexico and see the house of Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes.

From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

5. From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Veracruz at 8 AM and take a 2.5-hour drive to Santiago Tuxtla. First, pay a visit to the largest Olmec Stone Head in the region. After marveling at this colossal object, take a 20-minute drive to the Santa Clara cigar factory for a 1-hour tour. Learn about the step-by-step process of making 100% handmade cigars. Next, set off to Eyipantla, where you will find El Salto de Eyipantla, a spectacular waterfall which is more than 50 m high and 40 m wide. Explore this Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy direct contact with nature while you descend the 244-step staircase that takes you to the waterfall. Don't worry, every 15 steps there is a space to rest. When you reach the bottom, be amazed by the magnitude of the crashing water and enjoy a packed lunch (not provided) amongst mulatto trees and fauna of this region. Finally, visit Catemaco, a village next to the magnificent lagoon which is home to shamans, sorcerers, and healers. Enjoy a boat ride through the lagoon, visiting the spider monkey island, macaque island, and heron island. At the end of the day, take a 3-hour return drive back to Veracruz where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

6. Cordoba and Orizaba: Coffee Sierra Day Trip

Start the tour at the Coffee Museum and learn about the history of Mexican coffee. Then head to Cordoba, the renowned 'City of the 30 Knights'. See the main square where most of the buildings of architectural and historic value are located included the City Hall, La Parroquia, and the Zevallos Portal where the Treaty of Cordoba was signed. Continue on to the historic center of Orizaba which was founded in the 16th-century. Visit the art museum and the Palacio de Hierro, a building structure that was brought from Belgium. Ride the cable car for a panoramic view of the city.

Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

7. Veracruz: Guided City Tour with Aquarium Visit

Discover the beauty of the Port of Veracruz with this tour that combines history, culture, natural attractions, and colonial buildings. Start your tour at San Juan de Ulua, one of Latin America's oldest fortresses, where you will learn about the birth of America's first town hall. After visiting the fort, explore the city's main points of interest, including the Maritime Customs Building, the old train station, and the Post Office building. Later, visit the famous Malecon, a beautiful seaside promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Afterward, visit the Boca del Rio zone, a booming area that combines modern buildings with a rich history. Finish your tour at the Veracruz Aquarium and spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure. Watch entertaining dolphin shows and see a range of aquatic animals such as sharks, penguins, and jellyfish.

Catemaco & The Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz (with boat)

8. Catemaco & The Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz (with boat)

Catemaco and the Tuxtlas offer a variety of attractions where the old, modern, magic and real things are conjugated, creating scenes of exceptional beauty, surrounded by an almost virgin atmosphere. We will visit San Andres, famous for the cigar factories. We will run over across Santiago Tuxtla where we can admire the magnificent Cabeza Olmeca, that is located in the main square. Arrival to the waterfall named “Salto de Eyipantla“ with is impressively height and natural beauty. Following our tour we will come into the beautiful lake of Catemaco, where we can board small boat that will take us to the monkeys island (unique in Latin America that can swim), then we will visit the ecological reserve of Nanciyaga and see all the diversity of the flora and fauna that lives in the rain forest, also a spring of mineral water, where we can try it and put the mineral mud on your face. Time to eat at the banks of the lagoon in a typical restaurant enjoying the lake.

Veracruz: Isla de Sacrificios Kayaking Experience

9. Veracruz: Isla de Sacrificios Kayaking Experience

Throughout this aquatic adventure, you will kayak through the Gulf of Mexico to the Isla de Sacrificios. The tour begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel and a ride to "La Bamba" beach, where you'll receive a kayak, a life jacket, and snorkeling equipment. From there you will begin start to kayak in front of the the island, entering the water and following your guide out to the snorkeling spot to begin your underwater experience. Whilst paddling out to the snorkeling location, you will also have plenty of time to appreciate the wonders of the Veracruz reef park. If it is possible you will visit the island for a moment to relax and enjoy the nature. Following this, you will return to the starting point, being able to observe turtles and dolphins on the way.

From Veracruz: Xalapa Guided Tour with Coffee Museum Visit

10. From Veracruz: Xalapa Guided Tour with Coffee Museum Visit

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Xalapa on this day trip. Start your trip with a guided tour of the Xalapa city center, where flowers and culture await you around every corner. In the company of your local guide, discover the city's lakes, alleyways, and colorful buildings. Later, visit the Museum of Anthropology, considered the second most important Museum of Archeology in Mexico. Walk through the museum examining the 1000s of artifacts housed inside and delve into the rich culture of Mexico. Finish your tour with a drive through the coffee plantations on the outskirts of the city to reach the coffee museum. Here, learn all about the region's coffee-making history and savor a cup of freshly-brewed coffee.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Good knowledge of history of Veracruz - good english - easy to understand. Good driver - felt safe.

Rafael was great...great knowledge of Mexican history, culture, politics, economy etc...

Excellent trip highly recommended very friendly guide