Our luxurious Natural Tabasco vacation explores the highlights of this fascinating Mexican state, uncovering natural wonders, ancient ruins, and cultural delights.
Begin this week-long vacation with an exploration of the wetlands of Centla, taking a boat ride on the waters to see the rich biodiversity that lives there. Next, tour the pre-Columbian ruins at Comalcalco before discovering the delights of a cacao plantation.
After, tour the gorgeous Pueblo Magico of Tapijulapa, visiting local crafts folk, before relaxing in the healing sulfur springs at Villa Luz. Finish with a tour of La Venta Museum to see their impressive Olmec Heads and an exploration of the safari-style habitats at Yumká.
Centla – Explore the wetlands and mangroves of Centla in search of its wildlife, which includes crocodiles, spider monkeys, and hundreds of bird species.
Cacao plantation – Visit Hacienda La Luz, an active cacao plantation to learn about the magical bean that gives us chocolate.
Tapijulapa – Visit the beautiful Pueblo Magico of Tapijulapa, visiting local crafts folk and the healing sulfur springs at Villa Luz.
La Venta Museum – Get an insight into Olmec culture through the fascinating artifacts at La Venta Museum.
Comalcalco – Tour the pre-Columbian archeological site, once inhabited by the Chontal Maya.
Yumká – Explore the forest, savannah, and lagoon ecosystems at Yumká, a protected natural area with a variety of animal inhabitants.
Day 1: Arrival to Villahermosa
Upon arrival at Villahermosa International Airport, enjoy a private transfer to the beautiful hotel. After time to relax and freshen up, take a private transfer to one of the many fine restaurants in town where dinner is reserved, but not included.
Day 2: Centla, Casa Del Agua
After breakfast, take a private transfer to the fascinating mangroves and wetlands of Centla. Visit the Casa del Agua interpretive center to learn about the region and its bountiful flora and fauna.
After, set out in a speedy launch through the narrow mangrove canals, looking for herons, cormorants, spider monkeys, and crocodiles. Journey along the Arroyo Calzada (the Royal Valley), Usumacinta, San Pedrito, and Grijalva rivers before returning to the dock for a tasty seafood lunch.
Day 3: Comalcalco and cacao plantation
Journey to the fascinating archeological site of Comalcalco, once inhabited by the Chontal Maya. Here, the cacao bean was used as currency in pre-Columbian times and continues to be the most important cash crop in the modern era.
After a private visit to the site accompanied by an expert guide, continue to Hacienda La Luz, an active cacao plantation to learn more about the magical bean the world has come to know and love as chocolate.
After a visit to the museum, enjoy lunch consisting of local fare on the hacienda´s grounds. Then head to Kolem Jaa, an ecotourism park and unique jungle accommodation, to relax and explore at leisure.
Day 4: Tapijulapa, sulfur springs, and Casa Tomas Garrido Canabal Museum
Embark on a cultural exploration, first visiting the Pueblo Magico of Tapijulapa, located between the Oxolotán and Amatán rivers. Here, meet with local crafts folk who work with wood and osier to create elaborate furniture and decorations.
After, head to the bucolic waterfalls and curative healing sulfur springs at Villa Luz. Jump into the waters to feel their magical properties.
Then visit the Casa Tomas Garrido Canabal Museum, a small museum with interesting archeological pieces, crafts, and information about the local Zoque civilization. In the afternoon, return to the jungle-shrouded lodgings at Kolem Jaa for some time at leisure.
Day 5: Kolem Jaa
After breakfast, meet a guide for a short but enjoyable walk around the lush vegetation found at Kolem Jaa.
Take the chance to try one of the exciting optional activities, including rappelling down a waterfall, zip-lining above the canopy, birdwatching, horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 6: Villahermosa and Yumká
Transfer to Villahermosa for a mid-morning tour of La Venta Museum and Zoo, to see its outdoor displays and impressive collection of Olmec Heads.
After, head to Yumká, a safari-style park containing the three main ecosystems of Tabasco: forest, savannah, and lagoons. Explore the various landscapes with an expert biologist who will provide narration and interpretation of the flora and fauna.
In the evening, take the opportunity to sample some of the phenomenal cuisine in the lively city of Villahermosa.
Day 7: Departure from Villahermosa
After breakfast, take a private transfer from the hotel to Villahermosa airport in time for departure flights home.
Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.
Our custom-tailored journeys start from $800 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.