9 days 8 nights
Embark on an extraordinary adventure that celebrates the heart of Veracruz, Mexico, in a sustainable and immersive way. Our Small Group Escorted Tour invites you to savor the rarest treasures of this enchanting region, where the rich aroma of coffee plantations mingles with the ancient echoes of pre-Hispanic cultures.
Discover the art of coffee cultivation firsthand, as you join in the harvest and relish the finest brews amid the very plantations that nurture them. Delve into the mystical world of vanilla, an exquisite journey that connects you with local communities who open their homes to share their traditions.
This is not just a tour; it’s a tapestry of authentic experiences woven together with care. Join us for a premium, small-group adventure that promises to awaken your senses and leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
|PRICE PER PERSON||DOUBLE||SOLO|
|$2,230 USD||$2,770 USD|
Min of people for this tour is 4 people.
Check In: Mexico City
Check Out: Mexico City
Today all our travelers arrive in Mexico and later in the day we'll have a welcoming briefing with your Tour Manager. Overnight: Mexico City
In the morning, we will explore the historic center of Mexico City on foot with our expert local guide, visiting the remnants of the ancient capital of the Aztec empire: Tenochtitlan. We will enter the grand Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico, whose construction began in the 16th century. We will stroll through the picturesque neighborhood of Coyoacan, home to numerous artists and splendid traditional houses. Free time for lunch on your own. Later, we will head to Xochimilco, a quintessential historic site, where we will navigate the ancient canals on colorful trajineras. We return to the hotel. Overnight: Mexico City
Early morning, we journey to the region of the "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Town) of Papantla, a pre-Hispanic land where the Spanish discovered vanilla in the 16th century. After a delectable regional meal upon arrival in Papantla will immerse ourselves in ancient customs, the Totonac elders will welcome us into their huts, purifying us with incense as we are accepted into their community of pre-Hispanic Totonac culture. Then, we head to the town center for a brief local welcome. The afternoon is free, and we will check into our accommodations. Overnight: Papantla (Veracruz)
Today, we will visit the magnificent archaeological site of El Tajin, a former ceremonial center of the Totonac civilization, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site. El Tajin reached its peak between the early 9th and 13th centuries, becoming the most significant site in northeastern Mesoamerica after the decline of the Teotihuacan Empire. Its cultural influence extended throughout the Gulf region, even reaching the Maya area and the central Mexican highlands. The site's architecture is unparalleled in Mesoamerica, characterized by intricately carved column reliefs and friezes. The Pyramid of the Niches, considered a masterpiece of ancient Mexican and American architecture, showcases the astronomical and symbolic significance of the structures. El Tajin stands as a vivid testament to the grandeur and importance of Mexico's pre-Hispanic cultures. Later, we'll visit a sprawling vanilla plantation to unveil the secrets of its cultivation. A sumptuous Totonac meal, prepared by the renowned "smoke-cookers" using ancient recipes, awaits us. You'll even have the chance to participate in the cooking process. In the afternoon, we'll take a walking tour of Papantla's town center, with free time to further explore this captivating town. Overnight: Papantla (Veracruz)
Early morning, we travel to the southern region of Veracruz. En route, we'll explore another splendid Totonac archaeological site, once a cemetery. The breathtaking views over the Gulf of Mexico are truly enchanting. Embarking on a boat ride through the lush regional mangrove at La Mancha Lagoon, with its unique ecosystem, shorebirds, and crabs, promises an unforgettable experience. Our local guides will treat us to a regional meal, elevating this beautiful lagoon area on the Gulf of Mexico's edge. We continue our journey southward, arriving at the charming "Pueblo Mágico" (Magical Town) of Coatepec, the veritable capital of Veracruz coffee. Overnight: Coatepec (Veracruz)
Embark on a journey into the heart of Veracruz's coffee culture, where today's experiences will be infused with the rich aroma and heritage of this cherished brew. Our day begins by immersing ourselves in the world of coffee at a prestigious plantation. Here, the secrets of the coffee plant and its intricate cultivation process will be unveiled. If the timing aligns with harvest season, our guide will lead us through the art of coffee bean picking, a hands-on experience that brings you closer to the essence of the coffee-making journey. As you pluck the finest coffee beans, you become a part of the legacy that has delighted palates for generations. Prepare for a truly exceptional treat as you relish an exquisite cup of coffee amid the very plantation that nurtured it. Expertly prepared using specialized extraction techniques, each sip carries the essence of Veracruz's coffee-making mastery. Our voyage through coffee heritage continues as we venture to an ancient coffee-producing hacienda, a living relic dating back to the 16th century. Amid its storied walls, our local guide will lead us on an exclusive tour, unraveling tales of bygone eras when coffee was more than just a beverage – it was a way of life. As the sun sets, we make our way back to the charming town of Coatepec. Here, our leisurely guided walk through the historic center unfolds like a journey through time, where every cobblestone and every building has its own story to tell. This immersive day honors the age-old tradition of coffee-making while celebrating its contemporary significance in Veracruz's cultural fabric. Overnight: Coatepec (Veracruz)
Our journey continues as we set our course for the captivating city of Puebla, renowned as the epicenter of Mexican Baroque artistry. But before we delve into Puebla's rich tapestry, we have a special encounter in store for you. En route, we pause at the internationally acclaimed Xalapa Anthropology Museum, a treasure trove of cultural heritage. Here, you'll have the privilege to stand in awe before the world's largest collection of Olmec Colossal Heads. These astonishing sculptures, crafted over 3000 years ago, stand as a testament to the ingenuity and artistry of ancient civilizations. Their legacy resonates across time, offering a profound connection to the past. Upon our arrival in Puebla, indulge your senses with a delectable meal at a prestigious restaurant, a fitting prelude to the sensory feast that awaits. Later in the afternoon, our knowledgeable local guide will accompany you on a captivating guided walking tour through the historic heart of Puebla. Overnight: Puebla City (Puebla)
In the morning, our journey takes us to the enchanting "Pueblo Mágico" of Cholula, Puebla, a town steeped in history and vibrant culture. Here, we'll marvel at one of Mexico's grandest Franciscan monasteries, a testament to the rich colonial heritage of the region. As we explore the town's cobbled streets, adorned with colorful facades, your senses will come alive with the charm and authenticity that define Cholula. But that's not all – prepare to be awestruck by the Great Pyramid of Cholula, an archaeological marvel that stands hidden beneath layers of earth, topped by a Catholic church. After this captivating exploration, you'll have free time to immerse yourself in the local culture, perhaps indulging in a leisurely lunch at a charming café or exploring the town's markets for artisanal treasures. As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to Cholula and begin our journey back to Mexico City, where we started this incredible adventure. This evening, dinner will be an opportunity to reflect on the memories made and the friendships formed throughout this remarkable journey. Overnight: Mexico City
Today we’ll provide transfers to Mexico City International Airport