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From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

1. 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.

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From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

2. From Veracruz: Alvarado, Tlacotalpan and Agustín Lara Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to the charming towns of Alvarado and Tlacotalpan and experience a day full of colorful architectures and folklore. Start the tour at 8 AM where you will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in Veracruz, then travel to the first stop for 1.5-hours. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the Port of Alvarado, an important fishing village that in ancient times was the entry gate for slaves and pirates. Meet the friendly people of this town and visit the traditional central square. The mischief and happiness of the locals will keep you with a big smile. Enjoy a drink at one of the various cocktail bars and savor delicious local specialties at your own expense.  Then, head to Tlacotalpan City which was declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In this beautiful village, you will find musical events, gastronomy, and handicraft. Visit the Agustín Lara Museum, the church of La Virgen de la Candelaria with its colorful altarpieces and walls, and the parish of San Cristóbal, a true relic. Before you finish the tour, enjoy a tour around the calm waters of the Papaloapan River. Take in spectacular views of the village and relax during a boat ride as you watch the sunset. The tour ends at 5 PM.

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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.

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Veracruz: City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

4. Veracruz: City Tour with San Juan de Ulua

Discover the beauty of the Port of Veracruz with this exciting tour that fuses history, culture, natural attractions and colonial buildings. The activity starts in San Juan de Ulua, one of the greatest and most antique forts in America. After visiting the fort, you will explore the main points of the city’s downtown, including the Maritime Customs Building, the old train station, and the post office building. You will also visit the famous "Malecon", a beautiful seaside promenade lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Afterwards, you'll visit the Boca del Rio zone, a booming area with modern, first class hotels, and services, yet with a deep-rooted history.

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From Veracruz: Nature & Seafood Boat Tour to Madinga

5. From Veracruz: Nature & Seafood Boat Tour to Madinga

Start the tour 3:00 PM, with a convenient pick-up from Aquarium Square in Veracruz. Travel for 25 minutes to the village of Madinga, known for its variety of good restaurants. Here you can enjoy a tasty seafood lunch as you admire the beautiful landscape and lagoon surrounding you. Listen to a variety of live music matched with veracruzano folklore. After this, take a boat ride and learn about the diversity of the flora and fauna predominant around the village. Cross the small lagoon to the big lagoon and appreciate the enchanting sunset from amongst the mangroves. Pass by small islands and birds lodges that are unique to the place. At the end of the tour, get dropped off back at Aquarium Square at 6:30 PM.

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From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

6. 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.

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From Veracruz or Boca del Río: Rafting in Jalcomulco

7. From Veracruz or Boca del Río: Rafting in Jalcomulco

Enjoy an unforgettable experience on a rafting trip down the Pescados River surrounded by the spectacular Mexican countryside. Jalcomulco, surrounded by mountains and greenery, is the ideal place for rafting beginners. The Pescados River allows you to descend with calm but adrenaline-filled waters. Hop on an air-conditioned vehicle for a comfortable drive from your hotel to Jalcomulco. Admire panoramic views of natural landscapes on the way. Be greeted by hospitable staff upon your arrival at the campsite. This picturesque pre-Hispanic town is founded on the margins of the Pescados River. Feast on delicious dishes in a buffet spread that will give you a taste of the local flavors. After a safety demonstration and introduction to rafting from experts, embark on your adventure into the waters of the Actopan and Pescados rivers. Feel a rush of adrenaline as you descend the whitewater rapids. Paddle through challenging landscapes and marvel at the lush green surroundings. This activity is ideal for everyone since a group of professional instructors will provide training and accompany you on your journey. Your tour concludes with a return to your hotel in Veracruz or Boca del Río.

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From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec

8. From Veracruz or Boca del río: Coffee Tour in Coatepec

Travel to Coatepec and explore a coffee hacienda and coffee plantations. Marvel at the old benefit and the roasting craftsmanship and taste delicious coffee, before enjoying a tour of the magical town center of Coatepec. Start with the history of coffee and the farm. Embark on an adventure in the cloud forest, watching the vegetables that are grown in small greenhouses. Journey to the past as you observe small traces of pots from the area that was occupied by the Mexica. Find out how coffee first arrived in America and Mexico. Feel the peace and tranquility of the forest. Find out how the quality of coffee starts from its origin and marvel at the exhibition of the thirty-five varieties of coffee once you are in the demonstration farm. Visit the old coffee mill Gold Ball, which exhibits machinery from the 19th century, where you can enjoy an interesting explanation about the process of toasting accompany a coffee tasting led by an expert. In addition, it is the ideal time to clear your doubts about the myths around coffee. Explore the center of the magical town of Coatepec. Enjoy its streets, architecture, gastronomy, and history. It is the perfect item to close this great tour, before returning back to your hotel.

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From Veracruz: Guided Tour of Region's Landmarks and Relics

9. From Veracruz: Guided Tour of Region's Landmarks and Relics

Start the tour at 8:00 AM with a convenient pickup from your hotel. Drive 1.5 hours to Quiahuiztlan, a city famed for its deep history of Totonac culture. Take time to admire the city’s unique landscape, structures, and cemeteries. See the city’s mall before moving onto the next destination. Visit Cempoala, a Mesoamerican archeological site in Úrsulo Galván for an informative guided tour. With its many outstanding gardens, lush vegetation, and relics, the history of the site will truly be all around you. Next, go back in time in La Antigua, where Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés founded the first city hall in the New World. See Mexico's first chapel and visit the grounds of Cortés's house, originally built in the 16th century. Made with river stone and coral, the building is now covered by centuries-old trees making for a fascinating sight. Enjoy the spectacular landscape and phenomenal views on offer before ending the tour with a drop-off at your hotel at 5:00 PM.

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

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