On this 7-day culture tour, travel with expert guides through the “Magic Pueblos” and archaeological sites of Veracruz. Take an extraordinary journey through Mexico’s living cultural heritage, experience festivals and exciting traditions, enjoy private tours of museums and archaeological sites, and more!
In your one week in Veracruz, adventure through the cultural, archaeological, and natural wonders of the region with a small group of curious travelers and expert guides!
Get to know the Totonac indigenous people known for their generosity, creativity, and proud spirits. Enjoy Totonac cuisine and fresh seafood, learn local customs, and discover sites of the ancient Totonac Empire.
Explore the region’s cities and rural landscapes, from the capital city of Xalapa, to jungles, mountains, and pristine beaches. Visit the Xalapa Anthropological Museum (2nd largest in Mexico) for a private tour, and discover the expansive archaeological site of El Tajin. At the end of each day, relax at your boutique hotel.
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Day 1: Travel to Poza Rica
7:00 am — Your one week in Veracruz has begun! Depart from St. Paul’s Church (Cardo #6) in San Miguel toward Veracruz. A boxed breakfast will be provided en route. Along the way, stop in Hidalgo for snacks and drinks. Arrive at Poza Rica by mid-morning. Check in, get settled and enjoy lunch* at the hotel. The afternoon is yours to relax at the pool, get a massage, or explore. Enjoy dinner* at the hotel.
Day 2: Experience El Tajin and the Dance of the Flyers
6:00 — Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Depart early for a private tour of El Tajin Archaeological Site and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is an outstanding testament to the power and grandeur of pre-Hispanic Mesoamerian civilizations as well to their highly advanced scientific and technological capacity.
Here, experience the traditional Dance of the Flyers — named a UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage.” This outstanding Mesoamerican ritual “dance” is performed hanging from a spinning 30 foot (10 meter) pole, and includes music, singing, dance, and outstanding balance.
Depart for a traditional Totonac lunch then stop at the local Indigenous Center to learn more about Mesoamerican history and culture. Head to the hotel in the afternoon to relax or bird watch before dinner*.
Day 3: Explore a “Magic Pueblo”
7:00 — Eat breakfast at hotel then depart for the Totonac village of Zozocolco de Hidalgo — named a “Magic Pueblo” by the Mexican government for its outstanding cultural heritage. Enjoy a unique and in-depth tour with your local guide and enjoy a traditional lunch as you explore. Depart for Poza Rica in the afternoon and arrive at hotel with time to relax before dinner*.
Day 4: Explore a Vanilla Plantation and the Costa Esmeralda
8:00 — Enjoy breakfast at hotel, then check out and depart for an outstanding guided tour of a nearby vanilla plantation to learn how vanilla is grown and processed. In the late morning, drive to Costa Esmeralda where you’ll check into a quiet modern beach resort. Have lunch* at the resort and enjoy the beach and pool. Meet in resort lobby that evening and drive to a nearby seafood restaurant for a fresh-caught dinner*.
Day 5: Discover Archaeological Sites
6:30-7:00 — After breakfast, check out of your hotel and depart for the Quiahutztlan and Cempoala Archaeological sites. Here, see temples, ball courts, residences, aqueducts, and more in the ancient Totonac cities.
When you’ve explored the site, depart for the city of José Cardel to enjoy lunch* . From the city’s observation deck, observe raptor migration at various points throughout the year. In the afternoon, depart for Xalapa. Arrive at the hotel and check in. Get settled, relax, or explore area. In the evening, meet in hotel lobby and walk to dinner* at a nearby restaurant.
Day 6: Visit the Xalapa Anthropological Museum
8:00 — Enjoy breakfast at hotel. Depart for the MAX (Anthropological Museum of Xalapa) for a private guided tour and visit its resourceful gift/book store. In the museum, you’ll encounter the largest collection of artifacts on the Mexican gulf coast, including massive stone heads from early Mesoamerican civilizations.
Depart for lunch at the nearby Garden Restaurant. Return to hotel and take the afternoon to wander on your own, or take a one-hour guided tour of Xalapa’s historic center. In the evening, meet in the lobby to go to dinner*.
Day 7: Travel via Tlaxcala
7:30 — Your one week in Veracruz is coming to a close. Enjoy breakfast at hotel, then check out and drive to Tlaxcala. Arrive in Tlaxcala and walk to a restaurant for lunch.* In the afternoon, depart for San Miguel de Allende and arrive by late that afternoon.
* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the trip’s fee.
This Itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.
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