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Chiapas Eco Tour: Coffee Plantations and Cloud Forests

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  • Explore the natural habitats and rural lives of Mexico and help support regional business and educational development through ecotourism..Become a coffee expert through a harvest and tasting session..Venture into the El Triunfo cloud forests and see rare birds in their natural habitat.
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Experience the tropical canopies and flowing waters of Mexico's largest cloud forest. This extensive 3 day tour not only allows you to see stunning natural sights, but also extensively engages you with the local community.Day 1: Prepare to depart from San Cristobal de las Casas or Tuxtla Gutierrez for the community of Nuevo Paraiso at 7 am. Once you arrive, begin your adventure by learning all about the most essential produce of Chiapas: coffee. Through the Comon Yaj Noptic organic coffee cooperative, you will experience a day in the life of a coffee farmer. Walk through acres of plantation and help harvest and grind the beans. Afterwards, taste a stunning variety of different coffees and learn to appreciate each coffee's distinct aroma, flavor, and grain. Meanwhile, enjoy a full day's worth of home-cooked meals, and stay with a generous host family for the night.Day 2: Start the day with a delicious breakfast and some fresh coffee, then hike into the majestic mist of the surrounding cloud forests at sunrise. Discover the El Triunfo biosphere reserve, and get in touch with nature as you trek the trail deeper and deeper into the wilderness.Enjoy the breathtaking landscape and arrive at the base of an immense tree, where a spring emerges from the roots. There, witness a water ceremony that celebrates the importance of the resource to the indigenous culture. With tons of colorful and fascinating flora and fauna around, you'll be taking a picture every second. If you're lucky, you might even spot the exotic endangered Quetzal bird! After a long day of hiking, retreat to beautiful Camp Quetzal and understand the importance of biodiversity at the reserve center before calling it a night.Day 3: At 6 am, wake up to the sound of singing birds and rustling leaves and go outside for some early-morning birdwatching. Walk along a tranquil trail and observe all kinds of birds and other critters in their natural habitat. Then, return to Comon Yaj Noptic and say your goodbyes following an exquisite lunch feast featuring regional delicacies. Return to San Cristobal de las Casas or Tuxtla Gutierrez with many stories to tell and a new respect for nature.
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