7 Days / 6 Nights of Family Fun Adventures
There is nothing like an exciting adventure vacation to create lasting family memories. Your travel photo album will be full of fun exciting images of your kids ziplining over a river, swimming in natural pools below tropical waterfalls, watching monkeys in their natural habitat, whitewater river rafting, sandboard surfing, and wrestling with a live crocodile in the water. OK, just kidding about the crocodile wrestling.
Experiencing a different culture can be a great eye-opener for your children to begin to understand that there is not always a shopping mall and a McDonalds nearby.
Throughout this entire trip, you and your family will be traveling with a local bilingual guide who will lead you on each activity and share his or her knowledge of the history, culture, and places you will visit. Remember – on your family trip to the state of Veracruz, you will not encounter many other foreign vacationers once you get outside the city of Veracruz. It will be a true México cultural immersion experience for you and your kids.
Your bilingual trip guide will be waiting for you upon your arrival at the Veracruz Airport. You will travel about 50 minutes to the seaside town of Playa Chachalacas where you will overnight in a small local hotel near the beach.
- ATV Beach & Sand Dunes Ride
- Sandboard Surfing
- Family time to relax, swim in the hotel pool, explore the beach, swim in the ocean
This morning you can simply relax and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with your family. Then you may want to take a stroll along the ocean and unwind from your travel the day before. Later, it will be time for your first exciting outdoor activity in Veracruz. Can you picture this? Your family on ATVs (4-wheel all terrain vehicles) riding on the beach and then up and over sand dunes. Your younger children will double up with one of the guides so everyone can experience the adventurous fun of cruising on ATVs. Don’t worry if you have never ridden one before as your professional guide will show you everything you need to know to operate your ATV. These massive dunes are also a great location for exciting sandboarding (sand surfing). What a blast! Even your youngest will be laughing and shouting as they try skiing down the sand dunes on their sand board. They can even sit on the board and slide down like a sled. It's great family fun! Later you will have the afternoon to relax, swim in the pool & ocean, and play on the beach. Again, you will overnight in the same hotel. (B,L,D)
- Whitewater River Rafting
- High Speed Zipline Ride over the River
- Explore the City of Veracruz
Time to check out of your hotel and get ready for another day of tropical adventures! The state of Veracruz is known as the Whitewater River Rafting Capital of México. The tropical riverside town of Jalcomulco will be your home base for a day of wet and wild class 2 & 3 white-water river rafting. You and your children will also get to experience the thrill of flying high over the river on a zipline ride. Later, you will travel to the city of Veracruz where your guide will get you checked into your new hotel. Later, he will lead your family on a walking tour of the city. Especially in the evening, the central square comes alive with local people, musicians, and vendors. It will also be a great place to have dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants located right in the heart of all this activity. (B,L,D)
- Explore a Fish Market
- See an Awesomely Huge Waterfall (it's the "Niagara Falls" of Veracruz)
- Lake Catemaco Boat Ride - Spot Monkeys & Tropical Birds
- Visit a Tropical Eco-Nature Reserve
- Tour the town of Catemaco
After breakfast, you will journey to the southern part of the state to the tropical lakeside town of Catemaco. On your way, you will stop to see the massive waterfall used in the movie, Apocalypto. It is almost impossible to get real close without getting sprayed. Think of it as the Niagara Falls of Veracruz. Continuing on to Catemaco, you will check in at a hotel very close to the lake. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore Lake Catemaco by boat, visit an eco-nature reserve, and try to spot monkeys that live on the island lakes. Later, your guide will lead you on a walking tour of Catemaco. The evening is free to relax, swim in the hotel pool, or explore the town. (B,L,D)
- Scenic Road Trip Around the Lake
- Jungle Rain Forest Hike
- Swim in Natural Pools below Tropical Waterfalls
- Lunch at a Local Family's Home
- Horseback Trail Ride
This morning your family will enjoy the lush green tropical scenery as you travel partway around one of México's largest lakes to a small village. A native from this village will lead everyone on a jungle hike through the tropical jungle forest. During your hike, your village guide will teach your family about how some of the trees and plants you are seeing are used for making medicine or for cooking. You and your kids will have the opportunity to swim and play in the crystal clear pools found below the waterfalls you will discover on your hike. Lunch will be at a local family's home. After lunch, you will travel to a small horse ranch and saddle up for a fun horseback trail ride. Later, your guide will take you back to Catemaco and your hotel. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in town. (B,L,D)
- Visit the Veracruz Sea Aquarium / Largest in Latin America
- Explore the "Kid Friendly" Veracruz Naval Museum
- Fun farewell Dinner on a Naval Ship
After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel and head back to the city of Veracruz for an afternoon of fun air conditioned indoor adventure. The famous Veracruz Sea Aquarium is the largest of its kind in all of Latin America. Your kids will love watching sharks swim right over their head, view sea turtles up-close, and laugh at the antics of the dolphins as they frolic in their own huge tank. After lunch, your will head over to the newly remodeled Veracruz Naval Museum which has interactive exhibits for kids. In the evening, everyone will love having a farewell dinner on board the retired Mexican Naval Ship, the Cañonero Guanajuato. It is docked in the harbor of Boca del Rio, the neighboring city to Veracruz. Later, your guide will take you back to your hotel. (B,L,D)
- Travel Day Home
$997 /child ages 6-15
Single Supplement: $345 /adult
Note: All trip fees listed above are in US dollars. Rates are based on 1 room with 2-3 beds.
Included in Tour FeeIncludes: Airport pickup in Veracruz, all ground transportation, all entrance fees, local bilingual guide, tours per itinerary, all entrance fees, 6 nights of hotel lodgings, all taxes, purified drinking water each day, 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
Not Included in Tour FeeNot included: Airfare, meals not listed above, transfer to airport on last day, trip travel/medical insurance, and guide tips
Thank you for a wonderful week of adventure. My family got to see marvelous waterfalls, ride on ATVs, go ziplining, and whitewater river rafting. The food was great and so were the people. Our trip was perfect. I would recommend this trip to all families.
-Juan Gabino Tavera
El Paso, Texas