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From Veracruz: Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala & La Antigua Tour

From Veracruz: Quiahuiztlan, Cempoala & La Antigua Tour

From US$ 81.50 per person

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.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
You will be picked up from your hotel in Veracruz or Boca del Rio.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • 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
  • Food and drinks
  • Additional exhibitions
  • Gratuities are not included and are left to your discretion

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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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April 5, 2019

The tours of 3 centers, only one was done because the others were closed. They offered us other alternatives that had nothing outstanding and that we accepted, because we did not know the places, but that in no way justified or replaced our initial selection. They gave us a little ride in a small boat that had nothing to do with ceremonial centers. They also took us to a place and told us "Here you are going to eat, you can do it before or after the boat ride" there they left us eating for an hour and that counted in our tour time. The food was on our own of course. So the tours we chose from 3 centers was reduced to just one. Very unfortunate. The very friendly guide, tried to explain the city to us, which we thank him for, but it was not our tours. In fact, we had already walked around the city ourselves. I think that before committing a tours, they should update the information of open or closed places on a daily basis. We lost money 4 people.

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August 7, 2021

Product ID: 199222