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, stressing its indigenous heritage and promoting its central position in the world’s best vanilla-growing region. You'll see Totonacs wearing traditional clothing here – the men in loose white shirts and trousers, and the women in embroidered blouses and quechquémitls (traditional capes). Meanwhile voladores 'fly' and local artisans peddle handicrafts in the attractive main square.