History, Traditions & Ancient Ruins

City Tours


Available Year-Round!
Mexican Acrobat
Young and Old
7 Days & 6 Nights of Cultural Immersion
(Trip starts and ends in the city of Veracruz, México)

Early Civilizations of México the cultural blend of Spanish, European, Caribbean, and African influences combined with the customs of the original indigenous people make the state of Veracruz a veritable melting pot rich in history, traditions, music, and dance. Add to this the ancient archaeological ruins sites and artifacts left by the Olmec, To-tonac, and Huasteca populations and you will discover a land overflowing with a colorful story of conquest, human sacrifice, myths, slavery, assimilation, and world trade.
History, Traditions & Ancient Ruins

History, Traditions & Ancient Ruins

On this fun and informative trip to the tropical areas of Veracruz, your personal local Spanish/English speaking guide will be with you each day as you explore several archaeological ruins sites, an anthropology museum, and other areas that played a key roll regarding the history of the Spanish conquest of the New World. In addition, you will have the opportunity to visit the port city of Veracruz and the capital of the state of Veracruz – Xalapa.


Available Year-Round!
Tree Door

Amazing Places

Olmec Portrait

An Almighty Olmec Effigy

7 Days & 6 Nights of Cultural Immersion
(Trip starts and ends in the city of Veracruz, México)

Day 1:
Arrive in the city of Veracruz
Arrival in the city of Veracruz 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:
Tracing the Footsteps of Hernan Cortez
See the first Church built in all of the Americas
Cempoala Archaeological Ruins
Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Ruins
Tracing the Footsteps of Cortez in La Antigua / Cempoala Ruins Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Ruins
Today you will travel to the small town of La Antigua where you will see the remains of what is thought to be an administration building built by Cortez 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 the very first Church 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 Cortez 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. You will overnight at one of the small seaside hotels found in the Costa Esmeralda region of Veracruz. (B,L)
Day 3:
Archaeological Ruins of El Tajin
Papantla Voladores (Fliers)
Papantla city tour
Explore the Ruins of El Tajín / See the Papantla Voladores (Fliers) /Tour the town of Papantla 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. An on-site guide will escort your group on a tour of the major structures and answer your questions. The starting point of the tour will be at a small museum located near the entrance of the site. 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. (B,L)
Day 4:
Xalapa’s Anthropology Museum
Xalapa city tour (capital of Veracruz)
Xalapa’s Anthropology Museum / Tour of the Capital City of Xalapa After breakfast, you will travel to the bustling city of Xalapa (Ha-la-pa) which is the capital of Veracruz. This city is rich in culture with art galleries, interesting small shops, and is home to the University of Veracruz as well as the very modern Anthropological 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, your bilingual guide will lead you on a tour of the main sites in Xalapa. You will overnight in the city of Xalapa. (B,L)
Day 5:
Explore the Coffee Region of Veracruz
Waterfall from movie, Romancing the Stone
Explore the Veracruz “Coffee Region” / Waterfall
You will be in the higher and more temperate altitudes of Veracruz where small organic coffee plantations can be found. The pre-Hispanic cobbled street town of Xico will be one of the places on your itinerary. You will visit the church and the many artisan shops located there. Nearby you will get to see the waterfall which was used in the movie, Romancing the Stone. Later, you will travel back to the city of Veracruz and overnight in a city hotel. (B,L)
Day 6:
City of Veracruz tour
San Juan de Ulúa – fort & prison
Farewell Dinner
City of Veracruz Tour / Farewell Dinner Today you will tour the historical port city of Veracruz which will include a visit to two different forts, the Naval Museum & San Juan de Ulúa, and a walking tour of the market area and the main plazas. In the evening, everyone will get together for a farewell dinner at a nice restaurant in the port city. Overnight in the city of Veracruz. (B,L,D)

Day 7:
Travel day home


Available Year-Round!
Medieval Canon

Voladores “fliers”

7 Days & 6 Nights of Cultural Immersion
(Trip starts and ends in the city of Veracruz, México)
$1,237.00 (USD)
Rates based on double occupancy
$725 USD
ages 6-17
(when sharing a room w/ 2 adults)
Single Supplement: add $235 USD
Hotel Upgrade: Veracruz (3 nights), Xalapa (1 night) add $235 USD

Stay and add one or more of these 1 day excursions:

Highlights Tour of Tropical Catemaco & the Los Tuxtlas: starting at $127 USD adult
Whitewater River Rafting & Zipline Adventure: starting at $129 USD adult

Trip prices and itinerary subject to change

Group Size: 2 – 13
(larger groups can be accommodated)

$1,237.00 (USD)

  • Other dates for this tour are available by reservation. Use the additional instructions field in checkout or Custom Tours Request Form for more details.

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