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Voladores Performances

A 30m high voladores pole stands outside the entrance to the ruins. Totonacs perform the voladores rite (which was traditionally carried out only once a year) three times per day beside the visitor center. Before th…
Archaeological Site in El Tajín

El Tajín Chico

The path north toward Plaza El Tajín Chico passes the Juego de Pelota Norte (Northern Ball Court), which is smaller and older than the southern court and bears fainter carvings on its sides.El Tajín Chico was the go…
Museum in Tuxpan

Museo de la Amistad México-Cuba

Completely refurbished in 2014, the Mexican-Cuban Friendship Museum is filled with displays on José Martí, pictures of Che Guevara and Castro, and other memorabilia. To get to the museum, take a boat (M$5) across th…
Archaeological Site in El Tajín

Juego de Pelota Sur

Some 17 ball courts have been found at El Tajín. The Juego de Pelota Sur (Southern Ball Court) dates from about 1150 and is the most famous of the courts, owing to the six relief carvings on its walls which depict v…
in Northern Veracruz


You’d want to be buried here too: this pre-Hispanic cemetery is situated on verdant foothills with a sweeping vista of the coast and is guarded by a towering rocky outcrop, locally known as Cerro los Metates. The si…
Museum in Papantla

Museo de la Ciudad Teodoro Cano

Legendary Paplanta artist Teodoro Cano (b 1932) was once a student of Mexican art giant Diego Rivera. This small museum displays a handful of Cano's fine paintings, an alluring combination of both dark and ebullient…
Archaeological Site in El Tajín

Pirámide de los Nichos

El Tajín’s most emblematic structure, the beautifully proportioned Pyramid of the Niches, is just off the Plaza Menor. The six lower levels, each surrounded by rows of small square niches, climb to 18m. Archaeologis…
Ruins in El Tajín

El Tajín site

The El Tajín site covers an area of about 10 sq km. To see everything, you’ll walk a few kilometers over a couple of hours. There’s little shade and it can get blazingly hot, so come early or late. Most buildings an…
Arts Center in Papantla

Casa de la Cultura

The Casa de la Cultura hosts art classes and has a display of local artwork on the top floor.
Church in Papantla

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

Overlooking the zócalo from its high platform, this church is notable for its large cedar doors and quartet of indoor canvases by a Jalisco artist. Begun in 1570 by the Franciscans, it was added to in stages over th…