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El Tajin

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Address: Papantla, Mexico
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These extensive ruins give a glimpse into Totonac society at its height.

These extensive ruins give a glimpse into Totonac society at its height.

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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
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Very under visited site

I have visited many archeological sites in Mexico and I keep going back here. El Tajin is really a major site in a beautiful setting with comparatively very few visitors. What a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited many archeological sites in Mexico and I keep going back here. El Tajin is really a major site in a beautiful setting with comparatively very few visitors. What a contrast to the popular sites close to Cancun! I also enjoy the small town of Papantla, don't miss it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The site itself is beautiful and worth a visit if you're around in Veracruz region. We actually drove all the way from Teohtihuacan here and then back to Mexico City in one day. We arrived around 2 p.m., it was full to the brim. Loads of cars parked around, many vendors with food and souvenirs, the voladores were preparing for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is incredible. I would suggest to get there very early because by 12 there is tons of people. There is a lot to walk but I would recommend to focus in several things, look at the art walk that you can see in the "juego de pelota" then go and see the "piramide de los nichos" which is... More 

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Austin, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of mexico's top sites. The setting and the architecture are compelling. We arrived early and noticed it was getting quite crowded when we left. It was Jan 2 and a Saturday.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

El Tajin is an archaeological site that has been granted the UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and was once a major centre of the Totonac culture. The most famous structure here is the Pyramid of the Niches, which is very representative of the site. The site itself is rather extensive, so take your time to explore. Some parts of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Compared to the other 3-star archeological sites in Mexico (e.g. Teotihaucan, Monte Alban, Uxmal, Chichen) El Tajin is relatively small and compact. You can easily see it at a leisurely pace in 2-3 hours. In a hurry you could get an adequate visit in 30 minutes. I rented a guide who was very knowledgeable and who told me a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is a place to visit if you want to know more about Mexico history. Bring along some caps or sombreror, because there is nowhere to catch some shadow. Magnificent architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

It is such a magical place, I like it because all the pyramids are very close from each other, and well conserved. It is a nice place and easy to access, specially because my mom cannot walk much and as all the pyramids are very close, was easy for her to have pictures everywhere. People are not allow to climb... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

A "must-see" if one is in the area. The artistic vision, ingenuity and strength of the ancient builders was incredible. * The heat cannot be underestimated. Bring umbrella, sunscreen, bug repellent, tissues for the WC. Also hand sanitizer if you decide to pet the friendly, well-behaved, scrawny dogs that roam the compound. Also, some water bottles would not hurt. *... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

I have visited El Tajin six times and am always overwhelmed by the intricate architecture, lush green surroundings and the vastness of what I believe is the most interesting of the ancient ruins in Mexico. The bonus is that there are no crowds, except weekends and holidays, few Gringos and the vendors are confined to a well designed plaza area... More 

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