12 Day Action Adventure
Start Your Engines!
Arrive in the city of Veracruz
Your trip guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veracruz Airport. If time permits, he can show you around the city. You will then travel 45 minutes north of the city where you will overnight in the small seaside town of Chachalacas.
Beach & Sand Dunes ATV Ride
ATV Sand Dunes & Beach Ride / Sand Boarding / Beach Time
After a leisurely breakfast, it’s time to hit the beach and the sand dunes on ATVs. You will be riding alongside the ocean waves as you zoom down the beach before heading up into a maze of tall sand dunes. No prior experience is necessary as you will quickly learn how to operate your 4-wheel ATV.
Included will be time for some fun sand board surfing down the steep dunes. Lunch will be at a small local restaurant. The afternoon is free to hang out at the beach, swim, relax, and enjoy a cold drink or two at one of the simple palapa-style restaurants found right on the beach. Overnight in Chachalacas. (B.L)
This morning, your adventure group will travel into the city of Veracruz where you will head out in a dive boat to snorkel or SCUBA Dive over the beautiful coral reefs which are scattered everywhere and can be found just a short distance from the city shoreline. These reefs are a national underwater park protected by the Mexican government. In the afternoon, your guide will lead you on a tour of this historical port city. Overnight again in the Chachalacas. (B,L)
Riding the Rapids!
What do you mean it’s a one way route?
Whitewater River Rafting
High speed Zipline Ride over the River
This morning you will check out of your hotel and travel to the river rafting capital of Veracruz found in the town of Jalcomulco. Everyone will embark on a whitewater river rafting trip (class 2-3 rapids). You will also have the thrill of a high speed zipline ride all the way over the river. Later in the evening, everyone will participate in an ancient ritual known as Temascal. This “spiritual cleansing” takes place in an igloo-shaped hut with water poured over hot rocks in the middle to produce a steam bath effect. Overnight in a local hotel in Jalcomulco. (B,L)
Explore a Huge Outdoor Mexican Market
White Water Rafting
After breakfast, you will check out and enjoy a scenic 2 hour road trip arriving at the cobbled-street town of Coscomatepec. This hilly town is located below the towering snowcapped volcano of Pico de Orizaba. After your group gets settled in at a local hotel there, then it will be time to get ready for a true Mexican cultural experience. Every Monday the whole town transforms into an outdoor market place. Everything from shoes to live animals are bought and bartered here. You can have lunch right in the market where you can sample some local dishes which are prepared fresh. Most likely your group will be the only foreigners there so the locals will probably be watching you as much as you are observing them. Overnight in Coscomatepec. (B)
4-wheel Drive Trip up a Mountain
High Altitude Hike
Mountain Bike Descent
4×4 Rugged Mountain Drive / High Altitude Hike / Bike down 10,000 Vertical Feet
Today you will experience an early morning 4-wheel drive trip up a rough mostly unpaved road to the base camp of the 3rd tallest mountain in North America. Pico de Orizaba stands at 18,500 feet with a permanent glacier on top. The base camp for climbers is located at 14,500 feet. Your guide will lead you on a short high altitude hike up the trail. After a “field lunch,” everyone will start the mountain descent on dual suspension mountain bikes which will be provided. Then it’s back to overnight in Coscomatepec. (B,L)
Fun in the Sun
Explore a Huge Cavern
Rappel near a Mountain Waterfall
Explore a Huge Cavern / Mountain Waterfall / Rappelling
In the morning, you will check out and travel south toward the city of Córdoba. From there you will take some back roads to get to a gigantic cavern known as Caverna Totomochapa. With flashlights, you can explore a portion of it and hear how this cavern was used for ceremonial purposes. Then it’s a short hike to see a spectacular waterfall called, Popocatl. There you will rappel about 100 feet down just across from the falls. Overnight at a hotel in nearby Fortin de Las Flores. (B,L)
Ocean Boat Ride
Enter a Pirate’s Sea Cave
View an Island of Birds
Fish Market / Ocean Boat Ride / Pirate Cave / Bird Island
This morning your group will leave the mountainous area of western Veracruz and take a road trip to the southern rain forested areas of the state. First stop is to visit a local fish market in the town of Alvarado. Then you will continue to a small village adjacent to the Gulf of México where you will have a relaxing lunch. Next, it’s off into the ocean on a local boat to explore the shoreline, see an old pirate cave, and witness hundreds of birds on an island in the ocean. Overnight in a hotel in another small seaside village called, Montepio. (B,L)
Lake Boat Ride
Visit an Ecological Reserve
See Monkeys on islands
Lake Boat Ride / through the Rain Forest / Monkey Island
After breakfast, your party will travel on a small rough road which winds through the natural thick tropical rain forest to the lakeside town of Catemaco where you will check in at a local hotel for the next two nights. The best way to really appreciate this recognized world biosphere area is by embarking on a lake boat ride to take in the wonderful green tropical vistas found everywhere you look. You will visit a nature preserve, see monkeys on an island, and have lunch with a beautiful view of the lake. The evening is free to wander around the town. (B,L)
Swimming & Boat Rides
Refreshing (On so many levels)!
Swim under Tropical Waterfalls
Lake Kayaking / Jungle Hike / Waterfalls Lake Catemaco is usually a calm peaceful lake in the early morning and a good time for a lake kayak trip. You will paddle around an island and try to spot holler monkeys in the trees. After breakfast, your guide will take you on a day of tropical exploration with a driving trip around parts of the lake to go on a jungle hike and swim under cascading jungle waterfalls. Your group will partake in a picnic lunch next to one of the waterfalls. Then it is back to Catemaco. Overnight in the town. (B,L)
Visit a Tobacco Factory
View a Massive Waterfall
Te Amo Cigar Factory / Big Waterfall / Farewell Dinner
This area of southern Veracruz is prime for growing tobacco. After checking out of your hotel, you will tour the Te Amo cigar factory. There you can learn about how they grow, cultivate, process, and pack-age their products before they are ready to be shipped worldwide. All aspects of this process are done by hand so you will get to see up-close their employees as they rapidly and skillfully work at the different stations. Lunch will be at a small restaurant located next to the waterfall Mel Gibson used in his movie, Apocalypto. Then you will travel back to the city of Veracruz to check in at a local hotel. Later, everyone will meet for a fun farewell dinner in the downtown area. (B,L,D)
Travel Home Day, Buen Viaje!