Things to do in Papantla de Olarte

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Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

1. Veracruz: El Tajín Archeological Site Skip-the-Line Ticket

Explore the most important pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican city on the north coast of Veracruz. Walk past El Tajín's temples and slopes and see its 17 ball courts – the highest number among Mexican archeological sites. Stop and read about this diverse civilization that reached its peak between 800 and 1150 AD.The influence of this city spread to the basins of the Cazones and Tecolutla Rivers as well as from the Yohualichan archaeological zone to the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico. Admire the intricate decorations with niches, reliefs, and mural paintings that El Tajín is known for and visit the so-called Pyramid of the Niches, named for its facades that were decorated with 365 niches. Information points along the way provide historical context for the sites that you see.

From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

2. From Veracruz: Tajin & Papantla Archaeological Zone Tour

Start the tour with pick up at your hotel at 8 AM and travel for 3.5 hours to the archaeological zone. Arrive at the most important ceremonial center of the Totonaca peoples, the archaeological area of El Tajín which combines history, knowledge, and beauty in one setting. Next, admire the pre-colonial buildings in the middle of the jungle including a palace, temple, and soccer fields. Marvel at the amazing pyramid of Los Nichos which is considered to be an agricultural, civic, and sun calendar, due to its 7 levels and 365 niches. After this, continue the tour to Papantla, also known as Pueblo Mágico, located a few kilometers away in Totonacapan. This place is where vanilla originates from and where local men performed fertility rituals. Learn about how the precolonial and Spanish melting pot of cultures led to the mixing of folklore and taste; a heritage that still lives on in the region. Explore the historical center of Papantla and take in panoramic views of Papantla from the observation deck. Return to Veracruz at 6 PM where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

3. From Veracruz: Tajin Day Trip with Vanilla Factory Visit

Discover the pre-Hispanic City of “El Tajín”. During this guided tour, you will be able to admire the impressive architecture of the Totonac city north of Veracruz. Its interesting architecture consists of pyramids, palaces, and several ball game courts. Explore the sites' museum, exhibiting pieces found in the area, as well as a pleasant garden with tropical plants. At the end of the visit, you can enjoy the fabulous pre-Hispanic ritual “Los Voladores de Papantla” or “Dance of the Flyers” and buy typical crafts of the region. You will also visit a factory where you'll see the vanilla plantations and how this orchid is processed. The plant is native to this region, and at one time, the municipality of Papantla was the only place in the world where vanilla could be produced — gaining the name “The city that perfumes the world”.

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