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Puerto Chiapas Excursions


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Puerto Chiapas is a unique boutique port of call for ships heading north and south on the Panama Canal route between Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego and a variety of Caribbean ports, including Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Puerto Chiapas offers access to the fascinating Mayan Izapa ruins, as well as other eco-friendly and cultural tours. Many travelers have said that their visit to Puerto Chiapas was one of the best that they've ever experienced. Enjoy this port of call!

Your ship will dock at the Cruise Terminal pier in Puerto Chiapas. All excursions will depart from the Cruise Terminal.

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Last Updated: November 10, 2013

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City Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Marimba

Tapachula City Tour
3½ hours

Tapachula has a fascinating history, and it's also fun to explore. You'll visit the 19th century zocolo, the church and museums, then have some free time to discover the city on your own.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus    

Culinary Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Tortilla Soup

Mexican Culinary Class, Music & Culture/ Mexican Cooking Class/ Mexican Cooking
4½ to 5 hours          Rated 4 Stars

Learn to cook up a storm the Mexican way! In this Mexican cooking class you and your teammates will whip up a number of authentic Mexican dishes and appetizers. Afterwards, you'll dine while enjoying the pleasant rhythms of a local marimba band.

 

Activity Level:

Low Bus meal 4$s

Cultural Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Totem

Izapa Mayan Ruins & Tapachula/ Chiapas Through the Ages: Izapa Ruins & Tapachula/ Chiapas Through the Ages/ Izapa Archaeological Site & City Tour
4½ hours          Rated 3 Stars

Visit the mysterious archaeological ruin of Izapa and the city of Tapachula, where you'll take a walking tour of the town. When in town, you'll have free time to shop.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus 3$s  




Cacao Pod

Izapa Ruins & Chocolate Demonstration/ Izapa Ruins & Chocolate Discovery
4½ hours          Rated 4 Stars

Explore the Izapa Mayan ruins, and travel to the foot of the Tacana volcano to the town of Tuxtla Chico, nicknamed the "Chocolate City," to see how the locals make chocolate from the cacao plant.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 3$s




Totem

Mi Pueblito Mexican Town
3½ hours

Enjoy an immersive cultural journey to Chiapas' "Chocolate City" of Tuxtla Chico, where you'll learn how to make chocolate from the cacao plants that thrive in this area. Plus you'll visit the Izapa ruins.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus    




Stela 5

Mayan Tree of Life & Chocolate Discovery/ Chocolate Discovery & Maya Tree of Life
4 hours          Rated 2 Stars

Learn about the mystery that surrounds Izapa's famous Stela 5. Then visit Chiapas' "Chocolate City" to learn how the sacred cacao bean has been central to the people of this area for millennia.

video

Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s  




Charro

Mexican Rodeo & City Overview
4½ hours

Enjoy the fun and excitement of a Mexican Rodeo, complete with music, dancing horses and a folkloric show. Then head into downtown Tapachula to explore the city on your own, do some shopping or sample the local cuisine.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 3$s




Tortillas

Culinary, Cultural & Local Customs Demonstrations/ Everything Mayan
3 to 3½ hours

A visit to the Garth Norman Center, located near the Izapa ruins, will introduce you to local women who will demonstrate how chocolate has been made in Chiapas for thousands of years. In addition to sampling chocolate, hand-made tortillas and sweet bread, you'll meet and interact with a group of local children.

 

Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s  




Tequila

Folk Art, Tequila and Mezcal Tasting & Tapachula
4 hours

Learn about the history and lore of tequila and mezcal as you sample a variety of some of Mexico's best distilled spirits. Then enjoy an hour to explore the fascinating town of Tapachula, where you can see the cultural sights, exercise your shopping gene or grab a bite.

video

Activity Level:

Low Bus 4$s  

Eco Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Heron

Mangrove Boat Ride & Nature Exploration/ Mangrove Boat Ride & Bird Watching/ Mangrove & Nature Exploration/ Mangroves & Nature
3 hours          Rated 2 Stars

Explore the mangrove forest to view Chiapas' fascinating flora and fauna. You will take a 2-hour boat trip down to the sea and back, and you'll view a wide array of unique bird, reptile and fish species.

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Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s  




Bananas

Banana Plantation & City Sights
4½ hours

Enjoy an intriguing introduction to one of the Soconusco region's major enterprises--growing bananas, and learn how bananas are grown and harvested. Then visit the interesting city of Tapachula.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus    




Bananas

Banana Farm & Community Exploration/ Banana Plantation & Rural Community
4½ hours          Rated 5 Stars

Take a journey to the Ejido Miguel Aleman banana plantation to learn about the growing and harvesting of bananas in Chiapas. This tour brings you into the heart of rural Chiapas.

 

Activity Level:

Low Bus 3$s  

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Coffee Beans

Coffee & Natural Wonders
7 hours

Visit the Finca Hamburgo coffee plantation to learn how coffee beans are grown and processed. Then continue on to the nearby Finca Argovia coffee and flower-growing plantation.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal  




Coffee Drinker

Argovia Express: Coffee Tasting & Botanical Gardens/ Argovia Coffee Tasting & Botanical Garden
5½ hours          Rated 5 Stars

Spend several hours at Finca Argovia, one of Mexico's most famous coffee plantations. You'll learn about coffee cultivation, processing and sustainable development, and cultivating flowers for export.

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Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 4$s




Coffee Beans

Argovia Estate & Flower Plantation/ Argovia Coffee Trail & Flower Plantation
7 hours          Rated 5 Stars

Spend a day at Finca Argovia, one of Mexico's most famous coffee plantations. You'll learn about coffee cultivation, processing and sustainable development, and cultivating flowers for export.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus meal 4$s

Hiking Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Plant

Coffee Trail Hiking
5½ hours

Burn off last night's cheesecake indiscretion with a hike in Chiapas' Sierra Madre mountains. You'll learn about the local flora and fauna, and get a great view of the Tacana volcano.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Bus snack 4$s

Important Information


Notes on the above cruise excursions:

  • The information on the cruise excursions listed above was developed from publicly available sources.
  • The cruise lines may elect to add to, change, delete or otherwise alter the itineraries of the excursions above;
  • The cruise lines may restrict the number of passengers allowed to go on any particular excursion.
  • The cruise lines may impose other restrictions on any particular excursion, including height, weight, minimum age, etc.; make sure to check with them to determine if there are such restrictions.
  • There may be seasonal limitations on certain excursions or tours, such as whale watching. Be sure to check with your cruise line to determine if the tour in which you're interested is available when you're on your cruise.

Why buy a tour through the cruise lines?

  • They have selected tour operator partners who are safe, reliable, licensed and insured.
  • They offer a wide selection of tours, purchasing convenience and can provide expert advice on the most appropriate tour for you.
  • They offer a one price, no surprises policy, with no hidden fees.
  • They will be happy to credit your onboard account if you've already booked an excursion and there is a change in itinerary of the ship.
  • They will wait for you if your tour is late.

Footnotes


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