1. Mexico
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  3. Cempoala Archaeological Zone

From Veracruz: Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala & La Antigua Tour

Product ID: 199222
Visit some of the most interesting archaeological sites around Veracruz. With plenty of history to discover amid the ancient pyramids, stone circles, and conquistadors' chapels, you'll get an insight into the complex origins of modern Mexico.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

You will be picked up from your hotel in Veracruz or Boca del Rio.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the remarkable historic sites near Veracruz
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Totonac Empire ruins at Quiahuiztlan
  • See stunning natural scenery at Metate Hill
  • Discover ceremonial stone circles and grand pyramids at Cempoala
  • Visit the site of Hernán Cortés' arrival and his house
Full description
Learn about the history of Mexico on a guided day tour. Your tour includes three major sites. Quiahuiztlán, which means “place of the rain,” is named due to the natural runoff in the hilltop of Metates, resembling petrified rain in basaltic rock. It was simultaneously a city, cemetery, and fort.
In addition, you will get to explore the site considered the capital of the Totonac Empire, Cempoala. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in the center of the state.

The town of Antigua is historically important as it was the site of the first encounter between Spanish and Indians. Here you will visit the ruins of the Cortes house and the Rosary chapel, the first Catholic chapel in Mexico.
  • Guided tour of Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala, and Antigua
  • Admission fees
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Veracruz hotel
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Additional exhibitions
  • Gratuities are not included and are left to your discretion

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
• At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place
• You must confirm your booking by calling a day before the activity
• Hotel pickup is available from most centrally-located Veracruz hotels
• You will receive confirmation of your exact tour departure time when you call to confirm your reservation
• You should have breakfast before the activity
• Bring comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap, extra cash, snacks, and water
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Bring a hat and sunscreen.

April 5, 2019

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Amphibian Operadora Turística

Product ID: 199222