Jalcomulco is located approximatly 40 minutes outside of Xalapa.
It is a small town located on the upper watershed of the Antigua River. It is surrounded by beautiful mountain views and lush greenery. Many of the locals farm sweet mangos, mamey, banana and lime.Tourist know the area is for its eco-sports. Vsitors can enjoy rappleing, zip line, whitewater rafting and hiking. The average temperature is around 75 degrees farinheight.
We will begin in the center of town and journey to the otherside of the river. Participants have the option to cross by a wooden hanging bridge or a paved bridge where cars, dogs and donkies can pass.
The local resturants are known for its fresh trout, acamaya (giant river shrimp) and crucetas (a soft cactus). We will enjoy a good lunch beside the river before we set off into nature.
Our walk will begin on a small dirt road that passes thru the jungle with views of the vally. This road is used by local excursion companies, farmers on donkies and other hikers. As we enter the forest we will turn onto a foot trail. This trail will bring us under the canopy of mango and rainforst trees. We will cross a small river and then hike up a dry river bed of boulder. At times we may need to use our hands and feet to manouver up the river bed. Surrounded by giant trees and cliffs you will forget Xalapa even existed. Our excursion destination is a number of fresh water pools. The water holes where created by a once large system of small water falls. The water no longer has its strong force and is now a series of water holes and a brook. Hikers can jump in the water from a rope swing, dip their toes in, relax, explore and enjoy the scenery.
The hike is approximatly 1 hour in each direction. We will take a rest before heading up the river bed. This will allow the group to to feel comfortable and enjoy the forest. Hikers can stop and take a few photos as we walk.
We will meet at Los Sauces bus stop on December 04 at 10 am and take a 20 minute bus to Coatepec. From Coatepec we will take a 25 minute bus ride to Jalcomulco. We may take the same bus route or a direct bus back from Jalcomulco to Los Sauces in Xalapa. We will arrive back in Xalapa anywhere in between 5 and 7pm.
What do I bring?
Wear comfortable hiking clothes for warm weather climate. Lightweight pants and a T shirt work well. Wear comfortable sneakers or hiking sandals such as Tevas. Slip on shoes or flip flops are not recommended. Wear a swimsuit and bring a change of dry underclothing and a towel (travel towels work best). Bring a bottle of water and a snack. You can purchase drinks and snacks at Los Sauces bus station or in the town of Jalcomulco. You can bring a packed lunch if you do not want to eat in the resturant. Depending on your order, a (non-alcoholic) beverage and dish can cost anywhere from $55 -$120 Pesos. Bring a backpack or anytype of bag to carry your personal items. Every individual will be required to carry their own belongings.
The cost of this tour is $150. Pesos. This does not include lunch or bus fair. Bus fair will be around $55 Pesos each way. You will be responsible for paying your fair on the bus. Therefore, bring small denominations. The guide will be at your assistance (if needed) during the bus ride. Feel free to ask us for directions to and from Los Sauces bus stop.
You are welcome to invite friends and family. The price is the same for all participants. All those who participate are reqiured to be 18 years of age and sign a release form. Please email or write on the “sign up sheet” a contact number and the names of all attendants in advance. This way we can have the proper number of guides for the tour.
We look forward to guiding you on our adventure to Jalcolmulco.