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From Veracruz: Catemaco, Nature, Waterfalls & Monkeys Tour

Product ID: 242082
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Explore Catemaco and the Tuxtlas as you discover Hispanic relics and a charming magical ecosystem. Visit the largest Olmec head in the region, a cigar factory, the waterfall El Salto de Eyipantla, and the island of the monkeys on a boat tour.
About this activity
Duration 12 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Your hotel lobby in Veracruz at 8 AM
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Admire colossal stone heads found in the region, in Santiago Tuxtla
  • Learn about the cigar making process at a factory in San Andres Tuxtla
  • Admire the panoramic views of the 40 m El salto de Eyipantla waterfall
  • Take a boat trip between lagoon islands, including La Isla de los Monos
Full description
Get picked up from your hotel in Veracruz at 8 AM and take a 2.5-hour drive to Santiago Tuxtla. First, pay a visit to the largest Olmec Stone Head in the region. After marveling at this colossal object, take a 20-minute drive to the Santa Clara cigar factory for a 1-hour tour. Learn about the step-by-step process of making 100% handmade cigars.

Next, set off to Eyipantla, where you will find El Salto de Eyipantla, a spectacular waterfall which is more than 50 m high and 40 m wide. Explore this Tuxtla Biosphere Reserve, and enjoy direct contact with nature while you descend the 244-step staircase that takes you to the waterfall. Don't worry, every 15 steps there is a space to rest. When you reach the bottom, be amazed by the magnitude of the crashing water and enjoy a packed lunch (not provided) amongst mulatto trees and fauna of this region.

Finally, visit Catemaco, a village next to the magnificent lagoon which is home to shamans, sorcerers, and healers. Enjoy a boat ride through the lagoon, visiting the spider monkey island, macaque island, and heron island. At the end of the day, take a 3-hour return drive back to Veracruz where you will be dropped off at your hotel.
  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel in Veracruz
  • Visit to the largest Olmec stone head in the region
  • Entry to the cigar factory in Santiago Tuxtla
  • Entry to wonderfull Eyipantla waterfall
  • Boat trip through the lagoon of Catemaco
  • Tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Shaman visit
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with reduced mobility
• You will descend 244 steps and climb 244 steps to reach the part closest to the waterfall; there is no elevator
• It is recommended to have breakfast before the tour
• Please bring additional cash if you want to purchase souvenirs or food
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