Catemaco Nature Park & Tuxtla Towns from Veracruz
- Veracruz: The region of Mexico where the Gulf meets the rainforests, this beautiful landscape offers a fantastic view of the pristine Mexico countryside and seascape.
- Santiago Tuxtla: A picturesque town in the Veracruz heartland, this center for Olmec culture and artifacts boasts the largest colossal Olmec head in the world.
- San Andres Tuxtla: See the Olmec sculptures here! The largest city in the region is also home to Mexico's booming cigar industry; native cigar manufacturer Te Amo has one of the best reputations in the business.
- Catemaco: This town is famous for its lake of the same name, nearby rainforests, and a culture of sorcerers named “brujos”. Take a short boat ride to the Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve
About This Veracruz Tour
There's good reason why Veracruz is one of the most visited states in Mexico. Both seaside resorts and rainforest lodges attract lots of visitors. The indigenous cultures include Aztec, Olmec and Mayan civilizations, which have left behind clues about their lives and achievements. Nature preserves house rare species, beautiful flowers and stunning landscapes.
The tradition of the Olmec giant stone heads is still not totally understood by archaeologists. Stand in front of the colossal head at Santiago Tuxtla; its impressive features will leave you breathless. The town is the epicenter of Olmec artifacts but also features vibrant festivals.
You don't need to be a cigar aficionado to appreciate San Andres Tuxtla, but it certainly helps. The tobacco is so good that Winston Churchill named it his favorite. Visitors can also see the nearby Eyipantla Falls, home to an Aztec god of rain.
Lake Catemaco is a popular stop in Veracruz. The town of the same name offers a lot to visitors, including local folk art and a lazy boardwalk stretch. Tourists can pay to have both white magic and black magic incantations performed for them: be warned that black magic costs more.
Finally, the tour takes you to Nanciyaga, a nature park on Lake Catemaco. A short boat ride will take you to Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, where you will walk along the rainforest paths, keeping alert for unusual birds and other native animals. Note that lunch is on your own for this tour.
Cortes the Conqueror
The Veracruz region was where Hernando Cortes landed to conquer the Aztec Empire in the 1500s. Its name means "True Cross" after the site where he planted a crucifix and Spanish flag.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your Veracruz City hotel, our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Lunch is on your own. Please bring some extra cash for food and beverages.
This is a moderate activity with approximately three miles of walking over uneven and sometimes slippery terrain. You must also be able to board your boat. This is not a suitable tour for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Wilderness/Wildlife, Walking Tour, Boat Tour, Scenic.
Air-Conditioned Van or Bus.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.
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