Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Catemaco Lake and Los Tuxtlas Day Trip from Veracruz

Discover both the history and natural beauty of the Veracruz area on this full-day tour to the region of Los Tuxtlas. With visits to three towns — Santiago Tuxtla, San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco — you’ll admire ancient cultural artifacts, watch cigars being made by hand and see Catemaco Lake. Plus, see Salto de Eyipantla waterfall, and take a walk through the rainforest in Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Sierra de los Tuxtlas (Tuxtlas Mountains).

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Stop At: Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

Your day trip from Veracruz starts with hotel pickup by minivan for the 85-mile (140-km) drive down the coast to your first stop of the day — the town of Santiago Tuxtla.

When you arrive, visit the cultural museum and see the Olmec head, one of the town’s main attractions. The Olmecs — one of Mexico’s first civilizations — were known for their colossal heads, huge sculptures made from single boulders of volcanic basalt from the Tuxtlas Mountains. Less than 20 heads currently exist, so enjoy this chance to see such a rare piece of culture.

Return to your minivan for the 9-mile (14-km) drive to San Andrés Tuxtla, another town in the Tuxtlas region. Here, experience a different piece of Mexican culture — the world of cigars! With your guide, visit a tobacco plantation and a cigar factory to find out how the products are made, from plant to packaging.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Catemaco Lake, Catemaco Mexico

Then it’s on to your next location, Catemaco, with a brief stop along the way at Salto de Eyipantla, a thundering waterfall that’s more than 100 feet (30 meters) wide. It has been featured in several films and commercials, including Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

Approximately 7 miles (12 km) down the road, you’ll reach Catemaco, the town on the shores of the lake of the same name (Laguna Catemaco). When you arrive, soak up the natural beauty of the town, admiring its prime location between the lake and lush volcanic mountains. You'll also make a lunch stop in Catemaco (own expense).

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Salto de Eyipantla, Carretera a Catemaco, San Andres Tuxtla 95700 Mexico

With your guide, head to Nanciyaga, a nature park on Catemaco Lake, within Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve. Take a walk along the rainforest paths, keeping your eyes peeled for birds and other native animals.

After your walk, hop back in the minivan one last time for the drive back to Veracruz.

Duration: 1 hour

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Not recommended for travelers with back problems"
"Not recommended for pregnant travelers"
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers"
"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"
"Gear/equipment sanitized between use"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"

Hora de Inicio: 8:00 AM
Duración: 12 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all Veracruz hotels if your hotel is out of the pickup area, please contact us to
provide you with the nearest meeting point.

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Catemaco Lake
  • Entry/Admission - Salto de Eyipantla

No Incluye

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks


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