Welcome to Papantla
Spread across a succession of wooded hills, the solidly indigenous city of Papantla has a history, look and feel that stares firmly back in time to a pre-Hispanic or, more precisely, Totonac period of grandeur. Predating the Spanish conquest, the city was founded around AD 1230. Traditionally a launching pad for people visiting the nearby ruins of El Tajín, Papantla has carved its own niche in recent years,... Read More
Top experiences in Papantla
Private Tour: Puerto Vallarta City Sightseeing
Your tour begins with hotel or cruise ship port pickup. Meet your guide and board your private van to discover the city of Puerto Vallarta. You will first head to the downtown area where you will stroll along the 'Malecon', and see the famous Boy and Sea Horse structure and Papantla flyers. Continue to the main square and visit the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe church and the plaza. Then, you'll head to the “Romantic Zone” of Vallarta and see the famous Los Muertos beach, Conchas Chinas, the “Beverly Hills” of Vallarta and go get to Los Arcos. Here, you will stop for photos and amazing views of the Bay.The next stop is in Mismaloya where the famous movie, “Night of the Iguana” was filmed and which put Puerto Vallarta on the map. You will visit the viewpoint here and then stop at a nice restaurant for lunch (not included). After lunch, you'll be taken to visit a Tequila learning facility where you will learn how tequila is made from an expert guide. Top-off your experience by tasting some tequila, known as the nectar of the gods. After your tour, you will be taken back to your hotel or cruise ship terminal, or if you prefer you can be dropped-off downtown so you can visit some of the markets. This is the best tour to get to know the city in just one day.Note: Price displayed is per van. One adult equals one van. Select 1 adult at checkout to book a van for up to 10 people.
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
After pickup at your Veracruz hotel by van, your day trip starts with the 150-mile (240-km) drive north to the ruins of El Tajín, just outside the city of Papantla. The drive — approximately three hours — follows the Gulf of Mexico coast, so enjoy the views or catch a few ZZZs before arriving at El Tajín, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Nicknamed the City of Thunder, the pre-Columbian archaeological site dates back to 600 AD and was one of the largest cities of the Mesoamerican classical era. With your guide, walk around the ruins, checking out the pyramids and plazas. Learn about the ancient game played on the ball courts by the Totanac people, and see the most important structures — the Pyramid of the Niches, the Plaza del Arroyo and the palaces of Tajín Chico. Walk around the ruins to check out the pyramids and plazas with your guide. During your visit, you'll learn about an ancient game that was played on the ball courts by the Totanac people, and see the most important structures: the Pyramid of the Niches, the Plaza del Arroyo and the palaces of Tajín Chico.Back in your van, make the 20-minute drive to the city of Papantla, where you’ll have a break to get lunch on your own (own expense). Then tour the city with your guide, learning about one of its claims to fame: the Danza de los Voladores, or Dance of the Flyers. After ascending a tall pole, the ‘flying men’ release into the air headfirst with ropes wound tightly around their ankles, twirling for onlookers. It's a spectacle that dates back to Mesoamerica.You’ll also hear a bit about another icon of Papantla, vanilla, which has been grown here since the time of the Totanacs. Along the way, see city sights including the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption), built in the late 1500s.Your day trip ends back at your hotel after the 3-hour return drive.