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Top Choice Performing Arts in Cuetzalan

Los Voladores

In the danza de los voladores (dance of the ‘flyers’), airborne performers whirl around a 30m pole, suspended by their ankles while playing flutes. On weekends voladores twirl outside the church at the zócalo, sever…
Archaeological Site in Cuetzalan

Yohualichán

This ceremonial pre-Hispanic site inhabited by Los Totonacas has niche 'pyramids' similar to El Tajín’s (Veracruz) that are in varying states of ruin. The site is impressive and well worth a visit, not least for the…
Cultural in Cuetzalan

Feria del Café y del Huipil

For several lively days around October 4, Cuetzalan celebrates both its patron saint, St Francis of Assisi, and the start of the coffee harvest with the Festival of Coffee and Huipiles. It features hearty drinking, …
Seafood in Cuetzalan

Sazón Jarocho

There’s something about Cuetzalan’s steamy, tropical ambience that demands mariscos. Thankfully, this straightforward seafood restaurant serves delicious seafood dishes, ranging from Veracruz-style fish to caracoles…
Seafood in Cuetzalan

La Terraza

This family-run restaurant west of the zócalo, decorated with photos of the town’s annual festivities, is extremely popular with locals for its large selection (and servings) of breakfasts, mariscos (seafood), quesa…
Museum in Cuetzalan

Casa de la Cultura Museum

This small museum alongside the tourist office exhibits traditional daily dress of the region, arts and crafts, and some archaeological pieces from nearby Yohualichán. Fans of the voladores will find a rundown of th…
Waterfall in Cuetzalan

Cascada Las Brisas & Cascada del Salto

About 5km southeast of town, there’s a pair of lovely waterfalls. The natural swimming pools beneath the falls are enticing – bring your bathing kit. Rickshaw mototaxis will deposit you at the trailhead and await yo…
Arts & Crafts in Cuetzalan

Mercado de Artesanías Matachiuj

This fair-trade market a few blocks west of the zócalo has a range of quality weavings and other crafts that come with the benefit of meeting the producer, as many wares are made on-site by local artisans. Food stal…
Mexican in Cuetzalan

Restaurante Yoloxóchitl

Beautifully decorated with plants, antiques and ancient jukeboxes, Yoloxóchitl has views over the cathedral and a selection of salads, antojitos (tortilla-based snacks) and meat dishes, as well as wild mushrooms pic…
Bar in Cuetzalan

Bar El Calate

On the west side of the zócalo, this is the place to sip homemade hooch. There are 36 flavors, including liquors infused with coffee, limes, berries – you name it. Try the all-curing yolixpán, which is a local herba…