15-Day Trip in Mexico: Towards the Gulf!

OVERVIEW
Take our 15-day self-guiding tour from Mexico City to the Gulf of Mexico and back to see & experience the best of local nature, culture & traditions & more! During this trip you will be able to visit 5 Mexican states - each with its own landscapes, traditions, and gastronomy; see various wonders of nature (national parks and reserves, mountains, jungles, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, sea, etc.); do numerous outdoor activities (white water rafting; swimming in the waterfalls; hiking the tallest pyramid in Mesoamerica; taking boat trip among the mangroves, crocodiles, and birds; visiting a coffee plantation, etc.); learn local culture and, of course, make local friends & have fun.

WHY GO WITH US
Off-the-beaten-track tours with maximum immersion in local nature, culture, and traditions.
The easy-going atmosphere of our tours is perfect for informal travel & making new friends among co-travelers and locals.

per adult from

$1,502

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Duration

15 days

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  • What's included :
    • 14x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 14 nights
    • Transportation: 1st class inter-city buses with AC/WIFI/WC
    • Accommodation: 14x nights in conveniently located, locally-owned hotels/B&Bs/guest houses
    • Activities: 6x private walking tours & 1x Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour (as per itinerary)
    • Welcome meeting + 24h informational support from Tour Organizer
    • Entry/Admission - Zócalo
    • Entry/Admission - Palacio Municipal de Orizaba
    What's excluded :
    • Flights; airport pick-up & drop-off; travel insurance; personal expenses & tips

  • Day 1: Mexico City

    Stop At: Zocalo, Calle Plaza de La Constitucion S/N Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Mexico City 06000 Mexico
    Arrive in Mexico City at any time and get transferred to your accommodation. Upon check-in and some rest, go out to discover this wonderful city. In the evening, meet our representative who will give you some practical tips and instructions about the upcoming trip.

    Included:

    Transportation: airport pick-up according to your arrival

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/homestay in Mexico City

    Activities Included: welcome meeting with our representative at your accomodation
    Duration: 1 day

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Mexico City.

    Day 2: Mexico City

    Stop At: Zócalo, Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
    In the morning, take a hop-on-hop-off bus to explore Mexico City at your own pace. The largest city in Latin America where ancient and modern coexist in harmony, it is a world-class cultural hub that offers a huge variety of museums, galleries, and architectural gems, along with bustling nightlife and diverse gastronomic culture.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Mexico City

    Activities Included: hop-on-hop-off bus (the ticket is valid 24h)
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Mexico City.

    Day 3: Mexico City - Pachuca

    Stop At: Pachuca de Soto, Centro, Jardin independencia, Pachuca 42000 Mexico
    In the morning take a bus to Pachuca - a charming, brightly painted capital of Hidalgo state scattered over steep, wide hills and crowned with a massive Mexican flag and a towering statue of Christ. Upon arrival and check-in, meet our guide who will help you explore this impressive city, known as the "Bella Airosa", renowned for its cultural and historical beauty. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Pachuca

    Activities Included: private walking tour in Pachuca
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Pachuca.

    Day 4: Pachuca

    Stop At: Pachuca de Soto, Centro, Jardin independencia, Pachuca 42000 Mexico
    Make your own program: explore the town or visit some of the nearby attractions:

    Grutas Tolantongo. In this place, you will enjoy an impressive natural paradise, with beautiful views of a majestic ravine, pools, caves and a spring of thermal water that rises from the bottom of the earth and whose temperature ranges between 35 ° C and 38 ° C.

    Xoxafi Caves. Located in a small country town and managed by its local community, Xoxafi offers its visitors three different courses to discover its caves, where you can do anything from taking a relaxing stroll in the sun, to zip lining and rappelling underground.

    Mineral del Chico. The charming old mining village in the middle of 3000-hectare Parque Nacional El Chico, which was established as a reserve in 1898.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Pachuca
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Pachuca.

    Day 5: Pachuca - Xalapa

    Stop At: Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Av. Xalapa S/N Unidad Magisterial, Xalapa 91017 Mexico
    In the morning, take a bus to cross picturesque Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains and reach Xalapa (also spelled Jalapa) - the homeland of the world-famous super-hot green chili that was named after it. Xalapa's highland location makes the city temperate and often quite cloudy. Thanks to its alternative vibe and large student population, the city is lively at night and has a thriving cultural scene. Upon arrival and check-in, meet your guide to explore this beautiful city and learn about its history and stories. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi

    Departure time: 10-45am (5:45 hrs trip)

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Xalapa

    Activities Included: private walking tour by a local guide in Xalapa
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Xalapa.

    Day 6: Xalapa

    Stop At: Museo de Antropologia de Xalapa, Av. Xalapa S/N Unidad Magisterial, Xalapa 91017 Mexico
    Make your own program - explore the town or visit some of the nearby attractions:

    Coatepec, a magic town that started its real history in 1808 when the first coffee bean from Cuba arrived. Currently, it is a popular travel destination famous for its ubiquitous aroma of roasted coffee, Andalusian-style architecture and numerous parks and estates surrounded by mist and sense of mystery.

    Coatepec's coffee farms. Coatepec is a coffee region with great tradition and quality in our country since the last century. It has earned international recognition thanks to the excellent natural conditions that are ideal for producing first-rate high-elevation, shade-grown coffee.

    Nearby La Granada and Bola de Oro waterfalls, walk on the trails and enjoy the nature that is exposed to your senses.

    Filobobos Natural Reserve. You can choose from several outdoor activities including river rafting, hiking, visiting local caves and waterfalls.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Xalapa
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Xalapa.

    Day 7: Xalapa - Veracruz

    Stop At: Malecon, Veracruz 91700 Mexico
    n the morning take a bus to Veracruz - the oldest port in the country defined by its history, traditions, joyful people and delicious food. Upon arrival and check-in, meet your guide to explore this beautiful city and learn about its history. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi

    Departure time: morning (1:45 hrs trip)

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Veracruz

    Activities Included: private walking tour by a local guide in Veracruz
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Veracruz.

    Day 8: Veracruz

    Stop At: Playa Veracruz, Carretera Veracruz, Panama City Panama
    Make your own program - explore the area, relax on the beach or visit some of the nearby attractions:

    Chachalacas beach with its 550 acres of sand dunes and spectacular views of the ocean. It is a perfect site to ride 4x4 motorcycles, slide yourself from the sand dunes and feel the adrenaline in throughout your body.

    La Antigua - a charming small city located by the shore of the Huitzilapan river. La Antigua is an important spot in the history of Veracruz, as it was the first European village founded in Mexico, in 1519, by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

    Cempoala - an archaeological site that was the capital of the Totonac civilization at the time of the arrival of the Spaniards. It was the first city that Hernan Cortes and his men visited in Mesoamerica.

    Mandinga - a charming fishing village where you can experience an afternoon of traditions, folklore, and gastronomy. Take a boat tour in the lagoon to feel the fresh breeze and admire the exotic birds resting on the mangroves.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Veracruz
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Veracruz.

    Day 9: Veracruz - Catemaco

    Stop At: Catemaco Lake, Catemaco Mexico
    In the morning take a bus to Catemaco - a sleepy town on the shore of the same-named lake in Veracruz State and a witchcraft capital of the country. The ecotourism is really big in the region around here. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, Gulf of Mexico, mangroves, bird-watching, all abound and ready for you to enjoy. Upon arrival and check-in, meet your local guide to explore the town, learn about its history and traditions and get some tips of what other cool things you could do in the area. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi

    Departure time: 9:30 am (3:50 hrs trip)

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Catemaco

    Activities Included: private walking tour by a local guide in Catemaco
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Catemaco.

    Day 10: Catemaco

    Stop At: Catemaco Lake, Catemaco Mexico
    Make your own program - explore the town or do some other cool activities:

    Take a boat trip on Lake Catemaco or Lake Sontecomapan.

    From Catemaco's waterfront take a boat tour around the Lake Catemaco to visit the nearby island with numerous monkeys, alligators, and waterbirds.

    In the town of Sontecomapan, 15km north of Catemaco, there are some lagoonside eateries where you can hire a boat (for up to six people) for an hour-long jaunt through the beautiful mangroves or for a trip to La Barra.

    Rent a bike and explore the surroundings of Catemaco.

    See and learn Huapango - a Mexican folk dance alluding to a wooden platform on which dancers can make zapateado dance steps. Especially at the weekend, you can see this typical traditional dance at the Zocalo. A guitar is been played, someone sings and two people are dancing on a wooden platform. It is very rhythmic and well-known in Catemaco.

    Salto de Eyipantla (15 km). A spectacular 50m-high, 40m-wide waterfall that can be reached by a 250-step staircase. To avoid the steps (and a soaking), you can also enjoy it from a mirador (lookout).

    Ecobiosfera (12 km). Located in the great rainforest this ecological park offers different kinds of tours, some require heavy preparation, some are just in a 4x4. For example, you can take a bird watch tour or make a half-day walking tour in Sontecomapan.

    Reserva Ecológica Nanciyaga (7 km). Here, in the jungle, you can take some nice activities do a walking tour over a hanging bridge which crosses a freshwater spring, make some natural mud masks and spiritual cleanings, make a tour with some kayaks and watch the nearby nature. In the restaurant, the typical food out of the Tuxtla region is served.

    Check out nearby beaches of the Gulf with coves and small bays awaiting your discovery ranging from. Almost all of them are on a desolate territory with wide strands alternating with rocky cliffs and hidden beaches.

    Go to San Andres Tuxtla to see its Laguna Encantada located a few minutes north of the town. The lagoon is known because during the rainy season it lowers its water level and when it is very hot it rises, but yes, with little or much water you will always enjoy a beautiful natural spectacle.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Catemaco
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Catemaco.

    Day 11: Catemaco - Cordoba - Orizaba

    Stop At: Palacio Municipal de Cordoba, Calle 1 Entre Avenidas 1 y 3 s/n Av. 1 y 3 Col. Centro C.P, Cordoba 94500 Mexico
    In the morning take a bus to Orizaba with a 3h transfer in Cordoba - a city with an illustrious history and a justifiable sense of civic pride. It is the place where Mexico’s independence was signed in 1821. In the evening, upon arrival and check-in, meet your local guide to explore and learn the history and nowadays of Orizaba. Guarded by the spectacular snowy Pico de Orizaba, and nestled high in the mountains, this city has created its own personality combining colonial architecture with green and colorful natural landscapes. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public buses with AC/WC/WiFi

    Departure time: 10:00 am from Catemaco (5:10h trip) / 6:20 pm from Cordoba (0:50h trip)

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Orizaba

    Activities Included: private walking tour by a local guide in Orizaba
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Palacio Municipal de Orizaba, Colon Poniente #320 Colonia Centro, Orizaba 94300 Mexico
    Private walking tour around the historic center.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Orizaba.

    Day 12: Orizaba

    Stop At: Palacio Municipal de Orizaba, Colon Poniente #320 Colonia Centro, Orizaba 94300 Mexico
    Free day - explore the town or visit some of the nearby attractions:

    Take a new cable car ("teleferico") up to the top of Cerro Borrego. You get a great view of Pico de Orizaba and there is also a zip-line.

    Los 500 Escalones ("the 500 Steps"- its actually about 210 steps). A traditional ride for locals. This a very long stair (almost 500 steps) which takes you close to 34 m high waterfall known as the "Cascada del Elefante" or "Cascada de Barrio Nuevo". You can also walk to Los Siphones spring for a cool swim too.

    Pico de Orizaba, or Citlaltépetl (from Nahuatl citlal(in) = star, and tepētl = mountain). This is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third highest in North America.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Orizaba
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Orizaba.

    Day 13: Orizaba - Puebla

    Stop At: Zocalo, Puebla Mexico
    In the morning take a bus to Puebla - the capital of a same-named state. Once a bastion of conservatism, Catholicism and tradition, Puebla has come out of its colonial-era shell. The city retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and nightlife scenes. Upon arrival and check-in, meet your local guide to explore and learn the history of the region and get useful tips of some cool things to do in the area. Free evening program.

    Included:

    Transportation: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi

    Departure time: 10:00 am from Orizaba (2:45h trip)

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Puebla

    Activities Included: private walking tour by a local guide in Puebla
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Puebla.

    Day 14: Puebla

    Stop At: Zocalo, Puebla Mexico
    Free program - explore the city or do some other cool activities:

    Take a hop-on-hop-off bus tour around the city - an easy way to get a quick view of some of the coolest attractions. It also is a way to get a good bearing before you decide to set off and dive into some of the attractions the city has to offer.

    Rent a bike or take a tour to explore Puebla on the wheels.

    Visit Atlixco (31 km). A small, cozy town that shares its landscape with the Popocatepetl volcano and is proud to have the best climate in the country, with fruit trees, plants, and a great many flowers wherever you look.

    Visit Cholula (14 km). The oldest city in America, inhabited without interruption since its origins. It is also a place of the largest man-made pyramid in the world that sits buried in the earth with a Spanish church set on top. If you like nightlife, this is also a right place as the town has abundant life music and party scene with numerous bars and antros (clubs) that often don't charge a cover and offer acceptable prices.

    Go to the Popocatepetl or La Malintzi National Parks to spend the day hiking.

    Included:

    Accommodation: private room in a conveniently located hotel/B&B/gust house in Puebla
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Conveniently located, locally owned hotel/B&B/guest-house in Puebla.

    Day 15: Puebla - Mexico City

    Pass By: Zócalo, Plaza de la Constitución S/N, Centro Histórico de la Cdad. de México, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
    Breakfast and departure to Mexico City, transfer to the airport. If you decide to extend your vacations, we can always book you extra nights, or even take you on our next adventure.

    Included:

    Transportation Puebla-Mexico City: 1st class public bus with AC/WC/WiFi; airport drop-off time depending on your departure time

    Departure time: depends on your departure time (cca 2:45h trip)

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Education & Training:● regular training & education of the staff (Tour Leaders, drivers, crew) and suppliers (accommodations, restaurants, experience providers, etc.) on the importance of COVID-related health & safety measures;● promotion of the importance of hand hygiene & other COVID-related health & safety measures to travelers through signage, oral instructions, and online materials;● contracting only suppliers that responsibly implement COVID-related health & safety protocols recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and local authorities.Hand Hygiene:● mandatory application of antibacterial gel (70% alcohol) by everyone entering the vehicle that is used for transportation during the tour;● implementing a mandatory hand-hygiene policy that requires regularly scheduled use of hand sanitizer and washing hands with soap by the staff during the tour, especially after touching objects in public areas (e.g. handrails, doors, money, mobile phones, etc.).Masks:● mandatory use of face masks or other protecting items (e.g. scarfs, kerchiefs or bandanas) covering nose, chin & mouth by both travelers & staff in all public areas (especially in confined environments such as public transport, shops, markets, museums, lobbies of hotels etc.);● the use of the mask is not mandatory in private areas (e.g. hotel rooms) and while having meals & drinks.Sanitation:● mandatory daily sanitation of the vehicles used for transportation of travelers by the staff especially of handles, doors, seats, and other frequently-touched surfaces;● use of cleaning and disinfecting products that are approved by local & international health authorities;● regular audit of our suppliers on their cleanliness & sanitation protocols.Physical distancing:● mandatory social distance of at least 1.5 m (~5 feet) by both travelers & staff throughout the tour.Please remember: only mutual assistance & support can put an end to this borderless pandemic and help us protect the health of ourselves, our families & colleagues. Thanks in advance for your understanding & cooperation.BOOKING & CONFIRMATION: You will get a confirmation email once you finish your booking. From this moment your tour is confirmed: just show up agreed time & location (we might contact you for extra info if needed). Please be able to present your booking confirmation or voucher (can be in the electronic version in your phone) to your tour guide upon his/her request.ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE: This tour does not include airport pick & dropoff. The best way to arrive at our accommodation in Mexico City is by taxi/car-hauling services like Uber or public transport (more information on this topic will be sent with trip notes).ACCOMMODATIONS: An exact list of accommodations is sent together with trip notes 2 weeks before the departure date. All accommodations are centrally located, tourist-class, locally-owned properties with private facilities in each room. We can arrange pre- & post-tour accommodations but not earlier than 2 weeks before the departure when we send you final trip notes.TRANSPORT: The type of vehicle depends on the size of the group and may include car, 7-seater, minivan.PHYSICAL CONDITION: This tour might involve a decent amount of walking. Therefore, travelers should have moderate physical fitness condition.ACTIVITIES: Participation in all activities is optional - just be sure to be in time for daily departures.WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU: Comfortable clothes & shoes; swimming suit & slippers; a smaller backpack for daily tours; hat/cap, sunglasses & sunscreen; travel insurance; good mood & curiosity.NOTES: The price of the tour/person depends on the number of travelers & room option you choose.TERMS & CONDITIONS:By booking this activity ("Tour") with the tour organizer ("Company"), you ("Customer") accept to:- comply with all laws & regulations of the country (countries) where the Tour takes place;- follow the instructions of the Company & its representatives;- take all measures to procure your own safety on the Tour including, but not limited to, use of safety devices (including seat-belts, harnesses, & helmets), obeying posted signs & oral or written warnings from the Company's representatives regarding health & safety;- provide information about pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to participate in the Tour or have a negative impact on the experience of others in the Tour;- have travel insurance covering personal injury & emergency medical expenses valid for the whole duration of the Tour;- waive responsibility of the Company & its representatives for any personal health & property damage that may occur during the Tour;- allow the Company to use any media content created by its representatives during the Tour for marketing-related purposes.
    Departure Time :
    6:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Based on official recommendations & protocols from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Vibe Adventures introduced internal health & safety guidelines that are enforced on all our tours until such measures are lifted by authorities of each destination.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Written

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

13

Organised by Vibe Adventures

Activity ID: V-137460P6

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