Sobek's Veracruz trip targets adventure seekers

EL CERRITO, Calif. -- Mountain Travel Sobek is targeting adventurous clients for a multi-activity trip through Mexico's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

The nine-day itinerary features river rafting, sea kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and mountain biking. Because instruction is provided, participants do not have to be experienced rafters or kayakers. With a rating of moderate on a scale from easy to strenuous, the trip is designed for clients who are in good physical condition and enjoy being active.

The program incorporates one night of camping, four nights in hotels and three nights at an adventure lodge. The region's natural and cultural attractions are the main highlights of the trip.

The program begins on a small, uninhabited island off the coast, where participants can sea kayak and snorkel. After paddling to the mainland, a drive through the jungle will bring the group to El Tajin, a remote archaeological ruin with Totanac pyramids dating back to 600 A.D.

White-water rafting will take place on rivers such as the Filo Bobos. Along the way, participants can see an array of birds, and hike to waterfalls and the archaeological sites of Vega del Valle and Cuajilotes.

During the rest of the trip, Picocanoa Adventure Lodge will be used as a base for exploring the region. The trip will feature whitewater rafting from the lodge on the Antigua River, which travels through mango and sugar cane plantations.

The ecolodge, which features accommodations in thatch-roofed cabins, offers a number of post-rafting activities, such as hiking, mountain biking and flying tree traversing, which propels riders through the rain forest on steel cables. The lodge also has a pool, massage services and a Temascal, which is a traditional pre-Hispanic steam bath.

Other highlights of the program will include a visit to the colonial village of Coatepec and a night in the port city of Veracruz.

Departures for Adventure Mexico are slated for Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 13 and 20, and Oct. 12, Nov. 16, and Dec. 21 and 28, 2000. The land-only cost of the program is $1,790 per person, double.

Mountain Travel Sobek, which has offered Mexico adventures for 30 years, features three other itineraries in the country.

Included are two trips to the Sea of Cortes, the body of water tucked between Mexico's mainland and Baja California. The trips are designed to spotlight the wildlife and natural beauty in Baja California and offer kayaking, hiking and snorkeling.

The company also runs a program to the Pacific Coast island of Magdalena that focuses on the California gray whales on their annual migration from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California.

Mountain Travel Sobek
Phone: (800) 227-2384

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