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El Tajin, Papantla & Vanilla Factory Full-Day Tour

By Amphibian
Free cancellation available
12h
Mobile voucher
Instant confirmation
Hotel pickup
Multiple languages

Highlights

  • Immersive look at the ancient history & culture of Veracruz

  • Visit to the pre-Columbian archeological site of El Tajin

  • Pyramids, temples & palaces unlike any others in Mexico

  • Performance of the ancient Dance of the Flyers ritual

  • Insight into Papantla's age-old vanilla production process

About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of El Tajin and Papantla

  • What's included

    Admission fees

  • What's included

    Roundtrip transportation to and from your Veracruz hotel

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English and Spanish

  • What's excluded

    Lunch

Know Before You Book

  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Veracruz hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • You will receive confirmation of your exact tour departure time when you call to confirm your reservation.

What you can expect

Immerse yourself in the history of Veracruz on this guided tour to the ancient cities of El Tajin and Papantla. Roam around the pre-Columbian architecture at one of the Classic period's most important sites, watch a live performance of the Dance of the Flyers, and visit the place where vanilla is said to have been born.

Following convenient pickup from your Veracruz hotel, head north along the glistening coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Your first stop of the day is El Tajin, a pre-Columbian archaeological site that flourished between the 7th and 13th centuries. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city consists of temples, pyramids, and ballcourts. Meander the grounds to uncover structures unlike any others in Mesoamerica, particularly the 7-story pyramid marked with decorative niches.

From here, travel to nearby Papantla, a 13th-century city founded by the Totonacs. View large-scale murals that honor the Totonac culture and watch a performance of the Dance of the Flyers. The ancient ritual, which consists of men swinging upside-down from a 98-foot (30-m) pole, dates back at least 450 years.

Conclude your tour with a visit to a vanilla factory, where you learn about the city's ancient tie to the bean. It's said that production of vanilla began in Papantla as far back as the 1200s, and the city remained the world's primary producer until the 19th century. Stroll through the plantation filled with beautiful vanilla orchids before heading back to your hotel.

Location

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Activity Location

  • El Tajin Veracruz

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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Veracruz
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