Multi-Day Tour

Gulf Coast Ruins and Traditions (10 days)

Journey Mexico

Villahermosa, Mexico To Puebla, Mexico

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jan 2099


Day 1
Villahermosa, Mexico
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Arrival to Villahermosa

Upon arrival, you will be greeted outside of baggage claim and welcomed to Mexico by your expert guide and driver. You will be privately transported to your charming hotel set within the façade of one of the grand haciendas from the city’s historic past.

Day 2
Comalcalco, Mexico
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Comalcalco and Chocolate Haciendas

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.  Caco, 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 at a nearby local restaurant.  Departing from the hacienda you will head back to Villahermosa.

Day 3
Comalcalco, Mexico
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La Venta Archeological Site and Catemaco

After breakfast you visit the Anthropology Museum in Villahermosa.  You will enjoy lunch in town before heading westward to Verazcruz and the pleasant setting of Catemaco stopping en route at the archaeological site of La Venta, for which the museum in Villahermosa is named.  You arrive in the late afternoon and settle into  Hotel La Finca.

while the sun breaks over the surrounding volcanoes.

Day 4
Xalapa, Mexico
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Zempoala  and Xalapa

Before we head out from Catemaco, we walk the Malecon at dawn and listen to birds wakening while the sun breaks over the surrounding volcanoes. After breakfast, we drive to Xalapa  visiting Zempoala archaeological site and lunch en-route.

Day 5
Coatepec, Mexico
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Coatepec and Xico

Today includes discovery of Coatepec and Xico, two of Veracruz’s Pueblos Magicos (Magic Towns).

Day 6
Papantla, Mexico
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Xalapa and Papantla

Explore Xalapa in the morning with lunch on your own. Then you will head to yet another one of Veracruz’s Magic Towns: Papantla. Exploring he colors, traditions, sights, and scents of this town will have you captivated for hours.

Day 7
Papantla, Mexico
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El Tajin and Papantla

Visit Archeological Site of El Tajin.  Return for lunch and free in the afternoon to explore Papantla further. B

Day 8
Tlaxcala, Mexico
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Today we transfer to Tlaxcala where you will visit Tizatlan archaeological zone.  Afternoon is at your leisure for lunch on your own with your guide at your disposal.

Day 9
Tlaxcala, Mexico
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Tlaxcala Ruins

After a hearty Mexican breakfast you will set off to the Puebla Valley and the city of Cacaxtla.  Founded in the Puebla Valley, Cacaxtla was the capital of one of the indigenous groups that arrived during a time of social upheaval. It flourished, became a fortified city and eventually controlled the southwest of Tlaxcala and a substantial part of the Puebla valley.   You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.  Cacaxtla was a pre-Hispanic settlement of critical importance to the development of the region and it played a major role during the time of its existence in the Pre-Columbian period from 600 A.D. to 950 A.D.   The archeological site of Cacaxtla appears to be linear and rectangular in form and has a general south-north orientation. Also visit Xochitécatl.

Day 10
Puebla, Mexico
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Today you will be privately transferred to the airport (Puebla or Mexico) for your onward flight homes. If you’d like, we can extend the trip to explore areas of Puebla and/or Mexico City.

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The Gulf Coast Ruins and Traditions explores Villahermosa, Veracruz’s Magic Towns and the ruins of Tlaxcala.

Tajin Veracruz RuinsThis trip is perfect for travelers looking to immerse themselves in a lesser known side of Mexico’s Gulf Coast . The trip starts in the beautiful Villahermosa and make way to Tlaxcala, visiting interesting towns, cities, haciendas, and ruins along the way.

About Us

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