The Best of Catemaco & the Los Tuxtlas Region

Exploring the Tropical Areas in Southern Veracruz, México (3 days/2nights)

The Los Tuxtlas Region in the Mexican state of Veracruz is located 100 miles south of the city of Veracruz. This is a recognized World Biosphere Area because of the vast amount of tropical trees, plants, animals, and birds. On this trip, you will enjoy the green rain forest beauty as you participate in a variety of active outdoor adventures.


Group Size: Minimum: 2 adults / Maximum: 6 people.
Solo travelers & larger groups can be accommodated. Contact us for special tour prices.

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Day 1: Scenic Drive / Ocean Boat Ride / Pirate Cave / Bird Island / Beach Time / Catemaco (L)

  • Hidden Pirate’s Cave
  • Island with Hundreds of Tropical Birds
  • Ocean Boat Ride

Your personal English/Spanish speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio. You will travel a few hours south to a small sandy seaside village where your group will board a boat for a ride on the ocean to explore a huge pirate cave, view tall rocky cliffs, and experience hundreds of sea birds found on an island off the coast. Lunch will be back on the beach at a local restaurant. Your journey will then continue down the Gulf of México coastline stopping at times to admire the panoramic views. Eventually, you will travel inland down a small two lane road which carries you through thick untouched tropical jungle. You may be able to smell the delightfully fresh oxygen-rich air created by the vast amount of plants and trees surrounding the road. Your destination will be the lakeside town of Catemaco located in the heart of the Los Tuxtlas Region. The evening is free to relax and enjoy. You will overnight in a comfortable local hotel in town.

Day 2: Road Trip Around the Lake / Jungle Hike / Waterfalls / Swimming (B,L)

  • Hike in the Tropical Rain Forest Jungle
  • Swim in pools below Jungle Waterfalls
  • Scenic drive around Lake Catemaco

After breakfast, it will be an exciting day of exploring the area adjacent to one of the largest lakes in all of México; Lake Catemaco. The 32 miles of shoreline is ringed by tropical dormant volcanic hills covered in jungle forest. Hidden in these tropical woods, you will discover beautiful waterfalls cascading its cool waters into refreshingly clear pools below. On a warm day, these pools are a natural haven for soaking your feet or immersing your whole body. Anyone for a swim? A picnic lunch is included. Finally, you will travel back to your hotel in Catemaco.

Day 3: Nature Reserve / Lake Catemaco Boat Ride / Monkeys / Huge Waterfall / Olmec Head (B,L)

  • Tour Nanciyaga Tropical Jungle Reserve
  • Lake Catemaco Boat Ride to spot Monkeys in the Wild & Tropical Birds
  • View a Giant Olmec Stone Head
  • See Salto de Eyipantla, a Massive Waterfall used in a Mel Gibson Movie

Only minutes away from the downtown area of Catemaco is the eco-nature reserve called, Nanciyaga. After breakfast, this will be your first stop where a local guide will lead you on a tour of this reserve where he/she will explain some of the history and folklore. Then you will embark on a lake boat ride. From out in the water, you will get a different perspective of this tropical World Biosphere Area. Along the way, you may spot howler and spider monkeys found on some of the small islands in the lake. Then you will return to Catemaco to check out of your hotel and have some lunch at one of the local restaurants. Next your guide will take you to see the awesome waterfall that was used in Mel Gibson’s movie, Apocalypto. Think of it as the “Niagara Falls” of Veracruz. Later, you will start your journey back to the city of Veracruz. On the way, your group will have the opportunity to see one of the original Olmec Colossal Stone Heads. It is still a mystery today as to how they carved and moved this multi-ton sculpture. Your guide will take you back to your hotel or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio.

Tour Fees

2 adults:  $637 per adult  /  3-6 adults:  $547 per adult  (double occupancy)
$147 /child ages 6-17 years
Single Supplement: $65 /adult
Hotel Upgrades: $87 /adult
Group Size: Minimum of 2 adults / Maximum of 6 people. Solo travelers and larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us for special pricing.
Note: All trip fees listed above are in US dollars. All ages are welcome.

Included in Tour Fee

Hotel pickup & dropoff in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio, all ground transportation, all entrance fees, local bilingual guide, tours per itinerary, 2 nights of hotel lodgings, all taxes, purified drinking water each day, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, all taxes

Not Included in Tour Fee

Meals not listed above, alcoholic drinks, travel/medical insurance, guide tips
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We've been in the jungle and we've been swimming in amazing waterfalls. When you go with one of their guides, they are good people and they are pros. They don't take you to all the touristy places but to the more local places. So that makes the trip all the more special. Thumbs Up!

-Tine & Nina