Multi-Day Tour

Natural Tabasco (7 days)

Journey Mexico

Villahermosa, Mexico To Villahermosa, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099


Day 1
Villahermosa, Mexico
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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
Rio Tabasquillo, Mexico
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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, Mexico
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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
Villa Luz, Mexico
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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, Mexico
None Lunch, Dinner

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, Mexico
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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
Villahermosa, Mexico
None None

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!

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The Natural Tabasco trip discovers the highlights of this Mexican state, in and around Villahermosa.

Culture Olmec HeadThis trip immerses you in the sights and highlights of Tabasco, focused on the natural aspects such as learning about the ecosystems.

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Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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Family Trip

By: Deni170

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Our family trip to RIU Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica was great. Staff was nice and food was good. 2 minor problems: tour desk asked for vouchers, so I gave them my travel sheets and the return transportation to the airport got messed up. Regardless, we enjoyed the trip.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Trevino
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Highly Recommended

By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry
Not Recommended

Journese is no bargain

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2014

Booking any travel program with any company should mean care free fun with no worries with what can go wrong next with the itinerary.  We travel often but this is our first trip with Journese.  It will be our last. Journese is out of date beginning with their systems, product, and customer service reps that lack basic knowledge.
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Delightful trip

By: Ginger

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

Yucatan Journey

By: Magritte's Hat

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.


By: kerri

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

Review Journey Mexico


Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

True Campions of their Beautiful Country

By: Partridge Travels

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar

Luxury Interior Mexico

By: Kane

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Journey Mexico made our family of 4 Spring Break Trip to Interior Mexico a breeze. The drivers were all very professional and we felt completely safe with the adventure travel operators. It was the perfect mix of adventure family fun and luxury travel.
Travel Advisor:  Amanda Watkins



Reviewed on: 24 Mar 2018

Our hotel was perfect and in a lovely location. Our guide Louis was well informed and friendly. Cesar our driver was prompt and showed up exactly where we needed him every time. I was very impressed with the skillful coordination of our trip.
Travel Advisor:  Misty Jones

Journey Mexico in Mexico City


Reviewed on: 01 May 2018

Journey Mexico was very easy to work with and completely enhanced our trip to Mexico City. We had the same driver for both tours who was wonderful and our guide at the pyramids, Isaias, was extremely knowledgeable and really made the experience there. I cant imagine having done the pyramids without his insight and guidance. I would highly recommend Journey Mexico to any friends and family.
Travel Advisor:  Abby Michaud

Mexico City and Oaxaca

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Great tour operator!. Everything worked like clock work. Everyone from airport greeters, to drivers, to guides were gracious, friendly and knowledgeable. We especially enjoyed our Oaxacan guide, Gabriel. Warm, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable, he made our two day tour of Oaxaca an extremely pleasant and rewarding experience. We have every intention of returning to Mexico City and visiting Puebla. We will definitely seek out Journey Mexico for that trip!
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien