On Good Friday in the Year 1519, the New World was about to be Changed Forever!
Just a short drive north of the port city of Veracruz, you will find the area where the Spanish ships of Hernán Cortéz first landed in 1519 to begin their conquest that would have a lasting impact on the culture of Mexico and beyond. This one day excursion will give you a firsthand look at where Cortez and his soldiers came ashore and what took place in the first months after their arrival.
- One Day Tour with Local English/Spanish Speaking Tour Guide
- Private Pickup at your Hotel in the City of Veracruz or Boca del Rio
- Visit Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Site
- Explore the Ancient Ruins of Cempoala
- See one of the Oldest Church in the Americas
- Visit “Casa de Hernan Cortez”
You will be picked up in the morning at your hotel in Veracruz by one of our local bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. Your group will travel north to explore the ancient 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 Mexico coastline. One of the more interesting aspects of this site is the 70 small miniature temples or tombs which were used by the wealthier people as their final resting place.
You will then travel to the ancient archaeological zone found in the town of Cempoala. These ruins date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and at the time, was the capital of the Totonac people consisting of about 30,000 inhabitants. Cempoala (Zempoala) means place of the 20 waters because several rivers come together nearby. Your guide will explain the history of the ruins as he/she leads you around to the different temples and other structures. Cortez first met the local chief here at this site.
Next, your personal guide will take you to the small town of La Antigua where the Spaniards found a better entry to shore. There you will see the remains of what is thought to be an administration building built by the Spaniards. It is commonly known as Casa de Cortez. Your guide will explain the known history of this complex as well as give you a tour of how this riverside town was laid out back in the 1500’s. Also, you will get to see on of the very first Spanish churches built in the Americas. Here you will have the opportunity to stop for lunch (not included) at a local restaurant with a scenic riverside view. Your guide will then bring you back to your hotel in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio.
1 adult: $225
2 adults: $127 /adult
3-6 adults: $117 /adult
Children 6-11: $47 /child
Note: All trips listed about are in US dollars. Larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us for special pricing.
Included in Tour FeeIncludes: Pickup at your hotel, local bilingual tour guide, all entrance fees, tour as advertised, all taxes, dropoff at your hotel
Not Included in Tour FeeNot Included: Lunch, guide tips
What to Bring
- Hat for protection from the tropical sun
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Rain poncho (just in case)
Note: For your protection, your tour guide will have a basic first aid kit for any unforeseen minor bumps & scrapes. He or she will also have emergency numbers for local medical facilities.
- 48 or more hours prior to trip - 100% refund
- 24-47 hours prior to trip - 50% refund
- 0-24 hours prior to trip - no refund
- Full refund if your tour guide deems it necessary to cancel the trip because of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstance