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El Tajin

Papantla, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 2 Attractions in Papantla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: These extensive ruins give a glimpse into Totonac society at its height.
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Silverton OR
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Unique architecture, grass walking areas with benches under trees, very easy paced area. The down side is the hot, humid weather in the summer months, but with plenty of water, hat/umbrella and cool clothing it's still a pleasant place to visit.

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Lexington, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I posted my best pictures of El Tajin on Facebook and got more "wows!" than I ever have before. It is a spectacular place. Some of the buildings are huge but the site itself isn't, so you can see it in an hour or two. The museum is OK but not great, and the voladores are worth seeing (you can... More

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Point Richmond, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We hired a guide who spoke English and Spanish. He was great. It was 50 pesos each. He did a great job describing the pyramids and the culture of the Totonaca. We really enjoyed it. The museum was good, too. And, we watched the voladores do their dance.

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Toronto, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Ruins like no others in Mexico. Very unique arhcitecture. My only regret is not having more time. Some of the limestone casing with itls orginal paint is still on site. Carvings still intact on the sidewalls of the ballcourt. Great on site museum. Bring lots of water, sunblock and a hat. Taxi's are very cheap in that area..

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

The road leading into the El Tajin, is lacking signs, has too many "TOPES", and is in generally poor condition...but don't let that discourage you.....IT IS WORTH IT! GOOD SITE, and plan on spending at least 4 hours there miniuml;;;

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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We had an amazing visit to El Tajin. There is nothing interpreted in English and very little in Spanish. For about 200 pesos, it was well worth it to hire a guide. His English was decent and he was knowledgeable, warm, personable, and traces his lineage to the Totonac people. That was a bonus. At 12 noon, we caught the... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

The Tajin pyramids are well worth the visit and easy to get to. We went to Tajin during the festival (which is also well worth going to!), we visited the pyramids in the morning and found in most places we were the only ones there. While the drive from DF can be a bit hectic, especially during this high season,... More

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

El Tajin is at least as good a site to visit as the famous Teotihuacan. With an exciting and musical Voladores ceremony and country setting, it has been a pleasant visit.

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Placencia, Belize
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Out of all the ruins I've been to throughout Mexico this one is my favorite. It's so different in it's layout, design and size. It's not very crowded, off the beaten track, but easy to find. I suggest you take the self guided tour, the site is fairly small and compact. There is also a museum that has many of... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

If you have been to Teotihucan or Chichen Itza you'll realize this is very less visited and known, but I suggest you take the guided tour in order to understand the importance of this civilization. In order to complete the experience I suggest you buy your self a bag of Naranjas and Jicamas con chile at the far end of... More

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