The Natural Tabasco trip discovers the highlights of this Mexican state, in and around Villahermosa.
This trip immerses you in the sights and highlights of Tabasco, focused on the natural aspects such as learning about the ecosystems.
Villahermosa – Get an insight to Olmec culture through their artifacts
Hacienda La Luz – Visit an active Cacao plantation to learn more about the magical bean the world has come to know and love as chocolate
Zoque Culture – You will visit one of the most typical villages in all of Tabasco, Tapijulapa , meeting local craftsmensvisiting curative healing sulfer springs of Villa Luz
Archaeological Ruins – Discover Comalcalco
Yumká Interpretation and Coexistence with Nature Ecological Center – Understand the ecosystems on this center of 200+ acres of land as a protected natural area and ecological reserve
Day 1: Arrival to Villahermosa
Upon arrival to the Villahermosa International airport you will be welcomed outside of baggage claim and immigration (for international arrivals) and privately transferred to your beautiful hotel. After time for you to relax and freshen up, you will be met in the lobby and privately transported to one of the many fine restaurants in town where dinner is reserved, but not included.
Day 2: Casa del Agua and Rio Tabasquillo
After breakfast, you will be met in the hotel lobby and privately transferred to the fascinating mangrove and wetlands of Centla. You will visit the Casa del Agua interpretive center to learn about the region and its importance to the regions biodiversity and ecosystems as well as the plethora of flora and fauna that reside in the protected area. You will then set out in a speedy launch through the narrow mangrove canals to observe the rich biodiversity that includes herons, cormorants, spider monkeys, crocodiles and hundreds of aviary species. Your route will take you through the arroyo calzada (the royal valley) and navigate the mighty Usumacinta, San Pedrito, and Grijalva Rivers. You return to the boat dock where you will be treated to a tasty seafood lunch before returning to Villahermosa in the afternoon.
Day 3: Comalcalco and Chocolate Hacienda
After breakfast, you will be met in the hotel lobby and privately transferred to the fascinating pre-Columbian archeolgical site of Comalcalco. This site is unique as it is the only Maya city that used bricks backed from clay, oyster shells and sand to construct its grand temples and ritual centers. Comalcalco was inhabited by the Chontal Maya and the abundance of the Cacao bean, which was used as currency in pre-Columbian times afforded a special place for Comalcalco and its inhabitants. Cacao, the bean used to make chocolate continues as the most important cash crop into the modern era. After a private visit to the site accompanied by your expert guide, who will lend color and contour to the site, you will continue on 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 you will be treated to lunch consisting of local fare on the Hacienda grounds. Departing from the hacienda you will head to the Kolem Jaa, a natural reserve and ecotourism park and unique jungle accommodation. After time to relax, dinner is on your own at the hotel.
Day 4: Tapijulapa, Villa Luz and Casa Tomas Garrido Canabal
Today after breakfast, you will meet with your guide for an insiders look at the Zoque Culture. You will visit one of the most typical villages in all of Tabasco, Tapijulapa. located between Oxolotán and Amatán rivers. You will visit the local craftsmen who work with wood and osier to elaborate furniture and decorative objects with interpretation from your guide. Leaving this picturesque village, you continue on to the beaucolic waterfalls and curative healing sulfer springs of Villa Luz. The healing properties of these mystic waters are important to the Zoques that inhabit the region; coupled with the lush vegetation according to the Zoques, the town has magical properties. After an optional soak in the springs, you will visit the interesting Casa Tomas Garrido Canabal museum, named after you have the opportunity to visit the house-museum of Tomas Garrido Canabal, ex-governor of Tabasco. While small, the museum does feature some interesting archeological pieces, typical handcrafts and general information about Zoques. You will return to your lodging shrouded in the Jungle with time to relax in the late afternoon.
Day 5: Kolem Jaa
Today after breakfast, you will meet with your guide for a short but enjoyable walk around this interesting property. Along the way you will have a look at the various activities that are offered at the Ecotourism park and can try your hand at one of the many exciting optional activities including: Rapelling down a waterfall harnessed in with expert supervision; a canopy tour that will have you ride along a zip line above the canopy from where you can truly appreciate the flora and fauna of the property; bird-watching; horseback riding; mountain bike excursions; or numerous hikes or more gentle walks on the sprawling 60 acre property. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 6: Villahermosa and Yumka
After breakfast, you will transfer overland to Villahermosa for a mid-morning tour the La Venta Museum and Zoo, one of the most unique in Mexico for its outdoor displays and one of the few that exhibit the famous and impressive Olmec Heads of this fascinating region. After lunch at one of the many tasty restaurants, you will head to the Yumká Interpretation and Coexistence with Nature Ecological Center. Only 10 miles outside of the city, the park contains the three main ecosystems of Tabasco: Forest, Savanna, and Lagoon. You will explore the various landscapes with their unique flora and fauna with an expert biologist, who will provide narration and interpretation of your surroundings. The park was opened in 1987 upon the designation of over 200 acres of land as a protected natural area and ecological reserve. This evening, you will have the opportunity to sample some of the phenomenal cuisine in this lively city; your guide can also point you in the direction of one of the many venues where live music and vibrant dancing carry on into the wee hours of the evening!
Day 7: Departure from Villahermosa
After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to the Villahermosa airport in time for your onward flights home. Gracias por visitarnos y que regresen pronto!
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.