Things to do in Catemaco

Our most recommended things to do in Catemaco

From Veracruz: San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco Lake Tour

1. From Veracruz: San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco Lake Tour

Discover the landscapes and culture around Veracruz on a guided tour. Get up close to local wildlife and see how cigars are made. Benefit from round-trip transfers from your accommodation. After pickup at your hotel, head to San Andrés Tuxtla to explore a cigar factory. Learn the secrets of tobacco production and see how these plants are cultivated. Continue to Eyipantla Falls and admire one of the largest waterfalls in the region. Next you’ll enjoy a boat trip, to discover the natural beauty of Catemaco Lake. Admire the mountain scenery as you cruise past various islands, and keep watch for monkeys and other animals. Arrive at the Reserva Ecológica De Nanciyaga for a guided tour of the nature reserve. Learn about local biodiversity, stroll through the jungle, and see views of the lake. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

2. 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. 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.

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

3. 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.

From Veracruz: Catemaco & Los Tuxtlas Visit with Boat Trip

4. From Veracruz: Catemaco & Los Tuxtlas Visit with Boat Trip

At your first stop, Santiago Tuxtla, you will find out about the biggest Olmeca head found and also learn more about this ancient civilisation.  Then visit the waterfall “Salto de Eyipantla” where you can admire a beautiful view of San Andres Tuxtla. In Catemaco you will aboard a boat and visit the Catemaco lake, where you can observe the rich flora and fauna, the famous Monkey Islands and Heron Island. Later you will arrive at the ecological park “Nanciyaga”. Your guide will show you the biodiversity of the area, where you can also admire a beautiful lake and drink fresh mineral water.

From Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas Wildlife and Culture Guided Tour

5. From Veracruz: Los Tuxtlas Wildlife and Culture Guided Tour

Explore the rich history and beautiful scenery around Veracruz on a guided tour. Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in Veracruz or Boca del Río. Travel back in time with a guided tour of Tres Zapotes archaeological zone. Admire the ruins of this ancient civilization as you wander between the pyramid and structures of the Olmec capital. Continue to the city of Santiago Tuxtla, where you’ll see the largest Olmec colossal heads in Mexico. Visit the Museo Tuxtleco to learn more about the region’s pre-Columbian heritage. Head to Catemaco for a boat trip on the lake, and observe the rich wildlife as you pass Monkey Island and Heron Island. Afterwards, visit the Reserva Ecológica De Nanciyaga, to discover the area’s biodiversity. At the end of the tour, you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Excellent trip highly recommended very friendly guide