Los Tuxtlas and Tlacotalpan, Mexico

The Green South of Veracruz

4 Days | Cultural Activities, Eco Lodge and Boat Tour

Have you ever been to Veracruz? There are amazing natural sites in the South of this region. Incredible landscapes, full of color and life, where the local communities have created sustainable tourism initiatives that meet the expectations of travelers who seek true contact with nature.

Come get lost in the jungle of Los Tuxtlas and explore the beautiful Catemaco Lake nearby. Immerse yourself in the local culture with a Popoluca purification ritual and relax on a beautiful unspoiled beach while savoring fresh grilled pompano!

Right for You?

Duration

4 Days / 3 Nights

Travel Style

Active Adventure, Cultural Immersion and Connect with Nature

Languages

English and Spanish

Physical Activity

Moderate activity

Location

Mountains, Lake, Small Towns/Villages, Rural Communities and River

Connect

Wifi: None
Cell: Limited

Totonal Viajes que Iluminan

Locally Owned Tour Operator
Starts at:

$400/person

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Speaks: English and Spanish

Highlights

  • Don Aciano will tell you about the ancient and traditional uses of medicinal plants
  • Immerse yourself in culture with a Popoluca purification ritual
  • Conquer the Santa Marta Mountains
  • Get lost in the jungle of Los Tuxtlas and explore the beautiful Catemaco Lake nearby
  • Participate in a fun handicraft workshop
  • Enjoy fresh grilled pompano on a breathtaking unspoiled beach
  • Witness the quality of the region's tobacco leaves on a visit to a cigar factory
  • Get up close and personal with a fabulous carved stone Olmec head

Details

Schedule

Meet in the morning at the Port of Veracruz.

Availability

Flexible Departure Date
All year

Group

2-16 travelers

We will meet in the Port of Veracruz and will depart to the municipality of Soteapan, in the South of Los Tuxtlas Natural reserve.

At about midday, arrival to Jomxuk, a community ecotourism center managed by a Popoluca indigenous cooperative. You will be welcomed with a glass of fresh pineapple water and will have some time to settle in. Afterwards, you will enjoy a walk along a path of medicinal plants, where Don Aciano will tell you about the ancient and traditional uses of these plants, as well as their properties.

Traditional meal (included) made with local fresh ingredients. You will taste regional products that have been locally grown using traditional techniques.

Afterwards, visit to the village of Tatahuicapan de Juarez and the community of Encino Amarillo, to visit a craftswomen’s cooperative who also work in herbal medicine.

In the evening, at about 6:30 pm, return to Jomxuk to have a rest and relax with the sound of the river. Popoluca purification ritual and dinner (included).

We recommend that you wake up early today to enjoy the lower temperatures in the morning from the wonderful suspension bridge, to walk through the top of the trees and enjoy the panoramic view of the Santa Marta Mountains.

Breakfast (included) with the cooperative, where the corn is the main protagonist of their culinary delights.
Later, you will depart towards Benito Juarez: a cooperative immersed in the green and fertile jungle of Los Tuxtlas, by the beautiful Catemaco Lake.

Trekking where you will be able to see lovely enchanted waterfalls. A circuit along several natural bodies of water that will allow us to enjoy nature from a different perspective. Time off for a swim and enjoy the surroundings.

Regional meal of fresh fish (included). Time off to relax and enjoy the tranquility of this spot with magnificent views.

In the afternoon/evening you will participate in a fun handicraft workshop, where you will learn to make earrings and bracelets out of natural seeds, tutored by your hosts.
Rest in a lovely ecolodge (private bathroom) of this rural community. (Dinner included).

Breakfast (included) and departure to the village of Sontecomapan.

Arrival to Los Amigos ranch, a spot amidst nature, ideal to rest and switch off from your daily routine. A paradise in Los Tuxtlas that can only be reached by boat. There is no cellphone coverage, so this allows for a totally stress-free stay.

Time off to settle in, put your bathing suit on, and leave for a lovely, unspoilt beach, where you will be able to enjoy a fresh grilled pompano (known as “la crème de la crème” of the fish). (Meal not included).

Time off to enjoy the beach and have an afternoon nap on a hammock.

At about 4pm, back to Los Amigos. You will be able to kayak between mangroves, with the kayaks you will have at your disposal.

In the evening, there is a small workshop to learn to make tortillas and enjoy a delicious and healthy dinner (included).

Early yoga session. Breakfast (included), and afterwards, you will be picked up to go back to Port of Veracruz. On your way, you will have the chance to visit picturesque little towns of this green region.

We will stop first at a small cigar factory, as this region is well known for the quality of its tobacco leaves. Afterwards, we will visit the lovely town of Santiago Tuxtla, where we will be able to appreciate a fabulous carved stone Olmec head from the central park.

Lastly, we will visit the pearl of the Papaloapan river, the colorful town of Tlacotalpan, where you will have time to take a walk and explore the town and try their delicious cuisine (meal not included).

Arrival in Veracruz in the evening. End of the tour.

What's Included

Lodging

3 Nights Eco Lodge

Activities

Eco Lodge, Eco-tourism, Cultural Activities, Walking tours, Cooking Class, Kayaking, Making Crafts, Boat Tour, Trekking, Waterfalls and Historical Sites

Guide

Bilingual guide

Room

No Hot Water and Private Bathroom

Food

All meals included
Some days don't include all meals. See itinerary for details.

Transport

Boat, Hike and Walk

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Totonal Viajes que Iluminan

Locally Owned Tour Operator

Discover the beautiful lesser-known regions of Mexico as well as some wonderful local initiatives that maintain ancestral customs. Totonal offers unique tours that give you the chance to interact with the local community, who are proud to open the doors to their world and show you their history and culture: artisans, rituals, gastronomy, amazing nature, and a good dose of warmth are the main characteristics of these experiences. This will enable you to understand the authentic and varied culture of Mexico from the different regions visited, and the great spirituality of its inhabitants, who have great love for Mother Earth. Keeping an open mind will allow you to better learn from the wisdom of your hosts and amplify the experience enormously!

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Getting There

Transport options

Get picked up (included)