Near the border of Guatemala on Mexico's west coast, Puerto Chiapas offers opportunities for cultural and historic tours, as well as eco-adventures. The port was constructed in 1975 as a gate for agricultural goods and to promote tourism. Visitors to this port have access to Palenque, one of the Mayan world's most important archeological sites. Those looking for adventure can try white-water rafting, horseback riding, or hiking through the surrounding jungle.

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  • Mexican Cooking

    This great tour combines complete relaxation and the fun of preparing some delicious authentic Mexican quesadillas, guacamole & Margaritas.

    From the pier, you'll travel to the beautiful Loma Real Hotel located close to Tapachula. The hotel offers wonderful panoramic views of the city as well as truly beautiful gardens. During your visit you will have the opportunity to taste and learn about delicious Mexican dishes such as quesadillas and famous guacamole, along with typical totopos. You will also learn how to prepare an enticing Margarita.

    There's plenty of time to relax around the pool while enjoying the sounds of marimba music. Shopping opportunities can be found nearby for those looking to purchase some souvenirs.

    Following your cooking demonstration and time at the hotel, you will rejoin your coach and transfer to the downtown area where you can experience the typical lifestyle of the Tapachula locals. Afterwards, you will travel back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion and there are some steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothes; swimwear; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellent; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Changing facilities are available at the hotel. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.

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  • Coffee & Natural Wonders

    This agriculturally rich region of Mexico is known for its coffee production and today you'll travel to one of the most beautiful valleys in Chiapas for a visit to Hamburgo, a magnificent coffee farm that is more than 100 years old. Here, you will observe first-hand how tradition and modern innovation blend together to form an interesting and harmonious agricultural mixture.

    After a relaxing 2 1/2 hour drive through some of Mexico's most spectacular scenery, you'll reach Hamburgo. If you have ever asked yourself what is behind a delicious cup of coffee, today is the day you will discover all of this and more. As you walk through the coffee fields getting a first-hand look at this fragile but impressive ecosystem that the guardians of Hamburgo are entrusted with protecting and developing, you'll learn about the fascinating and delicate cycle coffee undertakes from seedling to cup. Your guide will share with you how plants are selected and then nurtured through the seasons until the ripened fruit is ready to be harvested. You'll observe how the coffee is cultivated here in these mountain highlands and even be privy to insider secrets on how to brew a perfect cup of hot coffee. Naturally, you'll be invited to sample a cup of Chiapas' finest as well.

    At Argovia you will visit the greenhouse, with a variety of exotic flowers that are produced at the farm like; anthuriums, gingers, orchids, heliconias, among many others. Take advantage of this time to get expert advice to conserve the flowers.

    Your visit includes a tasty lunch served at the coffee farm and free time to browse in a small gift store before it's time to leave. As you make your way back to the ship, you'll be treated to magnificent views of the tropical forest of the Chiapas Sierra Madre.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 5 hours of transportation and 2 hours of walking. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Mi Pueblito Mexican Town

    Immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of a typical small town in southern Mexico while learning how to make chocolate on this tour nicknamed "The Chocolate Tour."

    Starting off from the pier, you'll enjoy a ride through the picturesque countryside to Tuxtla Chico, which lies at the foot of the Tacaná volcano. Upon arrival you'll make your way to Mi Pueblito where you'll be given a demonstration by the local artisan women on how to make chocolate from cacao, using time honored traditions passed down through the ages.

    Afterwards, enjoy a performance by local dancers at the town's central square before re-boarding your coach and heading to Izapa, the most important, Olmec and Mayan archaeological site found in Chiapas.

    These stunning pre-classic ruins are located in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border at the base of the Tacaná volcano. Situated here at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range and along the narrow pacific coastal zone, the fertile land of Izapa receives abundant rainfall and is the center of age-old cacao production.

    During your brief visit to this fascinating pre-Columbian archaeological site, you'll learn about the legacy of this mystical ancient city and how it is believed to be the place where the long-count calendar originated. Artifacts uncovered here point to a highly developed society of culturally advanced people. Researchers are of the opinion Izapa was first settled around 1500 BC and inhabited until sometime in 1200 AD. Some of the attractions to be found at the site are several large pyramids, thrones, altars and carvings.

    During your relaxing drive back to the pier, you'll enjoy more scenic views of the lush tropical landscape.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of moderate walking. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Banana Plantation & City Sights

    Puerto Chiapas is widely recognized as a major producer of coffee and bananas. This pleasant half day tour gives you an intriguing introduction to the region's thriving banana industry as well as the city of Tapachula.

    Traveling by coach from the pier, you'll enjoy a scenic drive to one of the local banana plantations where you will have a chance to observe the process where the workers cut, select and package only the best bananas that have been cultivated in the Soconusco area. After viewing how the bananas are harvested, you'll be invited to sample some of the fruit while you relax and take in the beauty of this natural setting and breathe the fresh tropical air.

    Following your visit, you'll travel to Tapachula, a culturally diverse city that rests at the foot of the Chiapas Highlands and serves as the commercial center for this agricultural region of Mexico. Highlights seen in the city are the Colonial-styled Saint Augustine Church, the Soconusco Archaeological Museum (optional, entrance fee is not included) and the government building with its beautiful stained-glass windows. There will be free time provided to stroll the streets and shop for leather goods and ceramics made by local artisans, or to simply sit and unwind at Miguel Hidalgo Central Park, listening to the sounds of a local band as they play marimba music for your enjoyment. When your time in Tapachula comes to a close, you'll re-join your coach and drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Izapa Archaeological Site & City Tour

    This tour gives you a taste of both Chiapas' ancient past and its present day. Traveling from the pier, you'll first make your way to Izapa, the most important Olmec and Mayan archaeological site found in Chiapas, as well as the largest.

    These pre-classic ruins are located in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border at the base of the Tacaná volcano. Situated here at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range and along the narrow pacific coastal zone, the fertile land of Izapa receives abundant rainfall and is the center of age-old cacao production. Chocolate is made from cacao, and in ancient times the Maya used cacao pods as money.

    During your visit to this fascinating pre-Columbian archaeological site, you'll learn about the legacy of this mystical ancient city and how it is believed to be the place where the long-count calendar originated. Artifacts uncovered here point to a highly developed society of culturally advanced people. Researchers are of the opinion Izapa was first settled around 1500 BC and inhabited until sometime in 1200 AD. Some of the attractions to be found at the site are several large pyramids, thrones, altars and carvings.

    Leaving this extraordinary place behind, you'll visit the town of Tapachula. A walking tour of the downtown area includes visits to Saint Augustine Church, the art deco culture house (the former city hall) which features some marvelous large stained-glass windows, and the Soconusco Archaeological Museum which houses an impressive collection of ancient artifacts.

    Before returning to the ship, you'll have free time to stroll around the town, perhaps stopping by Miguel Hidalgo Central Park, also referred to as "La Plaza de la Música" (the musical square) to enjoy some traditional marimba music performed by local musicians who gather there daily to perform. A popular gathering spot, there are also shops adjacent to the park where you can browse for souvenirs while enjoying the nearby music.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Tapachula City Tour

    After a forty-minute scenic drive by coach to Tapachula, you'll see a culturally diverse city that rests at the foot of the Chiapas Highlands and serves as the commercial center for this agricultural region of Mexico.

    Upon arrival, you'll begin a short walking tour that takes you past several historical buildings. One of these is the Saint Augustine Church, located just across from the Miguel Hidalgo Central Park. Dating back to the late 18th century, this church is a wonderful example of neo-classical architecture. Next, you'll see the art deco culture house (the former city hall) which features some marvelous large stained-glass windows. These impressive works of art represent the spirit of the local citizens and the natural richness of the area found in its agriculture, cattle breeding and fishing.

    At the Soconusco Archaeological Museum, you'll be able to admire ancient artifacts on display, such as stone sculptures, pottery and other items left behind by the Aztecs during their short foray into the region. You will no doubt particularly enjoy Miguel Hidalgo Central Park, also referred to as "La plaza de la Música" (the musical square). This lovely haven is considered the soul of the city because of the different marimba musicians who gather there daily to play traditional Mexican music. The park has become a popular gathering spot and a place where visitors can enjoy shopping for handicrafts as they listen to the traditional melodies that identify this unique region of Mexico.

    Before re-boarding your coach for the return journey back to the pier, you'll be afforded approximately one hour of free time to further explore the city on your own or do some shopping.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately one hour of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Mangroves & Nature

    Nature lovers will enjoy this eco-friendly tour that showcases the environs of Pozuelos Lagoon, which is a part of the biosphere reservation located in the southern part of Chiapas. A short drive from the pier brings you to this wonderful unspoiled location comprised of an amazingly diverse variety of vegetation, such as the mangroves that are characteristic to the coastal areas of Chiapas. Situated in this natural setting is a huge hydrographical net of rivers, tropical lagoons, tideland and sandbanks which allow the exchange between continental water and the ocean.

    From the quay at Pozuelos, you'll board your touring boat and begin a one-hour excursion through this incredible tropical ecosystem that is considered one of the most productive on Earth. As you cruise along the waterways, you'll be treated to a beautiful landscape of lush fauna along with migratory birds such as cormorants, egrets, among others. Your experienced local guide will explain all about the sights you are seeing and answer any questions you might have about this truly special place. Be sure to bring your camera as you won't want to miss the photo opportunities that abound here.

    When your expedition of this extraordinary estuary comes to an end, you'll have a chance to relax and refresh back at the Pozuelos Restaurant before returning to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes a minimal amount of walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour boat is not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not available for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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