Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
From the pier, you'll journey approximately 45 minutes aboard an air-conditioned bus to the ancient ruins of Izapa. From its beginnings as a small village around 1500 BC, Izapa grew into the region's foremost producer of highly valued cacao. Many believe it is the site of the origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar, although much study remains to be done to unlock these secrets.
Travel by coach to Tuxtla Chico, where a demonstration in the central plaza shows how the cacao beans are transformed into chocolate. Sample the locally made chocolate and see a variety of regional handicrafts.
Dancers and marimba players put on a lively performance.
After a stop at the town's historic church, you will head back to the pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Shade is limited; to avoid sunburn, wear light, long clothing suitable for use as a cover-up. Bring a hat and sunglasses; wear biodegradable sunscreen. Bring bottled water. Bring insect repellent.