Swimming in crystal clear rivers, birdwatching at sunrise, and hiking through the jungles and mountain cloud forests, this tour aims to get you as close to nature as possible. It is your chance to discover the secrets of Mexico's most eco-diverse natural protected area with our experienced local guides.
|4 days, 3 nights|
|2-6 people per tour|
|Price per person:|
|From MXN $7,550 per person. Cost includes: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners. Three nights lodging (Centro Tierra Cabins). Entry fees to visited sites. Trip insurance within the Sierra Gorda.|
|River and mountain walks, Las Pozas Xilitla, El Chuveje waterfalls, Las Adjuntas, La Trinidad|
Arrive at the old mining town of Pinal de Amoles, nestled high among the mountains, full of colourful balconies and winding streets. From there, you'll be taken to the starting point for your hike up to Cuatro Palos, the breathtaking lookout atop Cerro de la Media Luna (Halfmoon hill). After appreciating the incredible views, you’ll be ready to appreciate the traditional lunch in one of the fondas along the Ruta del Sabor. After lunch, travel to the El Chuvejé waterfall, a nearly-30-metre drop into crystal-clear rock pools, perfect for paddling in on a warm day. Then you’re on to the heart of the Sierra Gorda – the historic town of Jalpan, where you’ll catch your first glimpse of one of the region’s five World Heritage-listed Franciscan Missions. Explore the town and local handicrafts stores before dining in one of the town’s traditional restaurants.
Overnight: Jalpan. Your choice between the newly-constructed Centro Tierra EcoCabins, or one of the town’s other excellent accommodation options.
Start your morning with breakfast at a local fonda before travelling to Las Adjuntas, where you’ll begin your riverside walk before arriving at the lookout where you’ll get to see some of the region’s water birds. To cool down, it’s on to the Ayutla river, where after another short walk you have the chance to swim or explore the riverside trails. Afterwards, you’ll travel to the La Casita Ecológica, where you’ll enjoy a hearty organic lunch, and a demonstration on how the incredible “cob-style” house was constructed, using recycled and locally-gathered materials. From there, you’ll travel to the tiny mountain town of San Juan de los Durán, where you’ll check into one of the ecocabins in time to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail and outdoor bonfire.
Overnight: San Juan de los Durán, Ecocabins.
A quick coffee and pastry will help fuel your early start to the morning, setting out towards the “Cave of Swallows” (Sótano de las Golondrinas), a spectacular vertical cave, featuring a more than 300 metre drop. After a short but challenging hike, you’ll arrive in time not only to marvel at the world’s most spectacular cave shaft, but to witness the hundreds of birds – including the white-collared swifts and green parakeets – leaving their cave nests and spiralling out into the sky as the sun rises. You’ll have earned your breakfast at Fonda Aquismón, before driving on to Xilitla, where you’ll step into the magic and madness of Las Pozas, the lush surrealist sculpture gardens created by the late Sir Edward James. After exploring the stories-high monuments, rock pools and waterfalls of Las Pozas, you’ll break for lunch in the Xilitla township, before travelling to the old growth forests of La Trinidad. After settling into your ecocabins, there’ll be time for a short hike to watch the sun set over the mountains before enjoying a traditional Huastecan dinner.
Overnight: La Trinidad, Ecocabins.
Breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of La Trinidad before beginning your morning hike to one of the region’s cloud forest. These forests are exceptionally rich in flora and fauna, and represent the region's most bio-diverse ecosystems. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy lunch at La Trinidad before returning to the historic centre of Jalpan to conclude your journey
Ecodestino con expresiones culturales