Veracruz City, Monkey Island, Catemaco, San Andrés,San
Cristobal, Tuxtla, Sumidero Canyon, Na Bolom, Jungle Villages, San Juan Chamula, Xinacantan, Agua Azul Waterfalls, La Venta Museum, Mayan Temples, El Tajín Archeologial Zone.
By Air Conditioned Motorcoach with Lavatory Facilities and Public Address System
Hotel Mansión Real in Tampico, Hotel Deligencias in Veracruz, Hotel La Finca, Catemaco, Hotel Camino Real, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Hotel Casa Mexicana, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Hotel Nunuton Viva in Palenque, Hotel Cencali, Villahermosa, Poza Rica Inn, Poza Rica. Includes 17% hotel taxes, maid, bellman tips, Welcome Cocktails and 16 Meals Included
Folklore and Handicrafts of Chiapas, Jungle Villages, Archeology Museums, Giant Olmec heads, Mayan temples at Palenque, Ruins of El Tajín, Sumidero Canyon Boat Ride, Blue Waterfalls of Agua Azul, Na Bolom, Monkey Island Boat trip.
Price per person based on double occupancy: $1,389.00
Departure dates same as above mentioned!
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Day 1: You depart the Rio Grande Valley this morning and clear Mexican Customs at Reynosa. Then on through ranching country, turning oceanward to enjoy some picturesque back country scenery in the Sierra Tamaulipeca. Mid-afternoon arrival in Tampico, one to Mexicos most colorful seaports. Overnight in Hotel Mansion Real close to the plaza.
Day 2: Your trip today will take you through the pretty river towns of Tuxpan and Tecolutla. As you approach Veracruz, youll be going right alongside the very edge of the Gulf of Mexico, seeing coconut trees by the thousands plus many banana and coffee plantations. Upon our arrival in Veracruz, you'll check into the downtown Hotel Deligencias, facing the plaza. Breakfast Included.
Day 3: ln the morning well depart early and head for Catemaco, site of the Annual Witches
Convention! As you venture southward, the terrain becomes very tropical. Before your arrival at Hotel La Finca, You'll stroll through the unique outdoor museum of San Andres with the colossal Olmec heads. Breakfast Included.
Day 4: Begin your day with a short boat ride on the smooth crater lake to a curious little island inhabited by monkeys. As you cruise around it they may chatter and hold out their hands for treats. Return to shore and board your motorcoach for still another enjoyable excursion! We’ll be traveling through the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains to Tuxtla Gutierrez on the new highway, where you will check in to the attractive Hotel Camino Real.
Day 5: Tropical plants and Royal Poinciana trees line the streets on the way to the Zoological Garden of Endangered Native Species and the Casa de Artesanias. After marveling at the rich displays of folkart, continue downtown to Marimba Park. Top off a perfect day with a sumptuous sampling of local dishes at Las Pichanchas Restaurant while being entertained by a Folklore Ballet.
Day 6: This special day begins with a ride aboard your motorcoach to the town of Chiapa de Corso. After visiting the Moorish style fountain and the Museum with displays of local laquerware, continue your adventure to awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon. You'll cruise the Grijalva River that flows along the foot of this spectacular emerald green gorge, its steep sides seemingly extending to heaven itself! After a tasty box lunch at El Chorreadero, board your motorcoach for the drive into the cool, misty highlands. Upon arrival at the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, you may begin to sense the mysticism of this unique place. Visit Na Bolom, the former home of Trudy Blom, Swiss anthropologist, photographer and guardian of the rainforest and its children, the primitive Lacandón people. Settle into your host hotel for the next
three nights, the Hotel Casa Mexicana. Box Lunch Included.
Day 7: Surrounding San Cristóbal de las Casas are beautiful little valleys separated by meandering rows of low mountains. In each one lies a small village populated by an indigenous group with dialect and costume distinguishing it from any other. Then visit two villages that are within a few miles of each other, separated only by a ridge of hills but with customs and cultural roots that are vastly different. In Xinacantán you'll note men and women wear clothing woven of bright pink thread, embroidered with large pastel flowers and edged with bouncing tassels. Their neighbors in San Juan Chamula wear black, wild, tangled woolen shawls with white wool tunics. In both towns you'll see interesting primitive churches, copal incense floating around the natives sitting on the ground, candles burning before them. Breakfast Included.
Day 8: This is your free day to explore the inviting streets and great shops on your own, where you will find handicrafts of rare beauty, native only to this area.. Admire the antiquity of Santo Domingo Church. Then visit San Jolobil, a cooperative established to assist local women to improve and market traditional needlework. (a subject of National Geographic articles). Breakfast Included.
Day 9: San Cristóbal de las Casas/Palenque-Follow the road through valleys and villages down the mountains, away from the pine forests to forests of giant ferns and thick vegetation. You might pass a barber standing beside his portable chair engaged in giving a haircut right along the highway. Pass Oxchuc, where women wear broad red striped huipils and down to Ocosingo where they wear navy blue skirts with brilliant blue ribbon stripes. Then explore a side road leading to the incredible turquoise Blue Water Waterfalls, Las Cascadas de Agua Azul—the pride of the state of Chiapas. You'll come to the tropical lowlands, cross the Chacamax River and arrive at your hotel for the next two nights-the Nututún Viva, situated on the riverbank. This evening, circle the plaza in Palenque, a unique town that has long served as the last outpost to the jungle. Go to sleep in the land of the Maya, lulled by a melodious chorus of frogs!
Day 10: Exotic bird songs of Oropéndola and Pijije provide a jungle-style wake-up call. After breakfast in your thatched-roof dining room, drive to the most beautiful of all archeological zones. Palenque. This five-minute drive once took days of hacking through impenetrable jungle growth with machetes. Cortez marched past the ancient city unknowingly, while through the passing of hundreds and hundreds of years, the great ruler Pacal has rested in his tomb in the Temple of the Inscriptions, lost in the jungle, deep under the canopy of vegetation. Breakfast Included.
Day 11: This morning board your motorcoach for the drive to the state of Tabasco. You will see many lilies and Bird of Paradise plants along the road and in the ponds formed by the abundance of water here. Check into your hotel, the beautiful Cencali Hotel, situated on the banks of the Lagoon of Illusions in the prosperous city of Villahermosa. You'll visit La Venta Museum for a stroll along the paths underneath giant trees. Mischievous little coatemundis (treedwelling animals) play underfoot and among the giant Olmec heads and monuments on display. Afterwards, lounge by the hotel pool and enjoy the tropical gardens. Breakfast Included.
Day 12: Travel through volcanic rich fields of tobacco crops and mango trees on the way to the most important port in Mexico, tropical Veracruz. You'll do more sightseeing--there's so much to see here! Downtown on the square (plaza) all types of musicians, from marimba bands to Mariáchi groups, offer their music for a few pesos. Relax, with free time to stroll the seaside promenade. Your host hotel, the Hotel Emporio, faces the water.
Day 13: You'll drive northward along the scenic coastline through coconut groves, with brahma and zebu cattle lazily munching in the shade below.(Take time for ' Antigua, the original city of Veracruz.) Then youll arrive at the oil ' boomtown of Poza Rica, where you will enjoy a good nights rest at the lovely Poza Rica Inn, to be ready to see El Tajín in the morning.
Day 14: Enjoy an early morning walk through the ancient city of the Totonacs, El Tajin, where new excavations reveal more each year of this remarkable site, dedicated to the Hurricane God. Its often-photographed Pyramid of the Niches, six Ceremonial Ball Courts and many exceptional temples will astound you! (Enjoy the flying Men of Papantla!) Then continue your drive to Tampico, to your host for the evening, the Hotel Mansion Real, right in the heart of the Centro Histórico, which you can explore on foot this evening.
Day 15: Following a city tour of Tampico, you'll head for the border. Mesquite and sage follow the road home through the spacious northern ranch country. You'll cross to the U.S. through Reynosa and arrive in the Valley at about 5:30 p.m. Breakfast Included.