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Address: Papantla, Mexico
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Tue - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description: These extensive ruins give a glimpse into Totonac society at its height.
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Well worth the trip, off the beaten path but culturally significant ruins

Stopped at El Tajin after a beach weekend to Coasta Esmeralda. Get there early as the tour buses arrive around 12 and the place gets busy. Sundays are free. $64mxn $2.25 usd. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Stopped at El Tajin after a beach weekend to Coasta Esmeralda. Get there early as the tour buses arrive around 12 and the place gets busy. Sundays are free. $64mxn $2.25 usd. We visited in late April and temperatures were hot and humidity high (97F and 80%). Anything after the late morning would be unbearable. Site opens at 9am, recommend... More 

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San Miguel de Allende
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

The site has a very nice museum, with clean bathrooms, shops and daily Voladores show. We hired a top notch guide who took us through the site which is rather large. It is remarkable and beautiful. It can be humid an hot in the spring and summer. I would go between January and March.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Tajin is not a very big complex, but it has a remarkable significance on pre-columbine history of America, especially Mexico. Get ready to climb stairs, walk and take shot.

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Wissembourg, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

2 hours drive north of Veracruz. A beautiful archeological site. We spent almost 4 hours, we could have staid all day. We were there during the Cumbre festival (March), despite the thousand of people in the street outsite the site, we could visit everything (+ no entry fee during the festival).

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We made Tajin the focus of our trip to Veracruz. We flew to Veracruz, stayed at El Gran Diligencia for 2 nights, rented a car through the Arena Agency in town, and drove up the gulf coast. We stopped at 2 archeological sites, Cempoala and Quiahuitzal, and stayed at the Taboga hotel in Casitas for 2 nights to break up... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I did not realize that there was so may pyramids there and so many that they are uncovering. So much history and amazing to see this architecture, was awesome. It takes a couple hours to walk around.

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Xalapa, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The people are nice, it's not too hard to get to by taxi, and the "Voladores de Papantla" put on regular shows (for which they charge 30 pesos per person now, different than the volunteer donation the last time I went). The site is very well-preserved and beautiful. There's an artisans market in front of the entrance with merchants that... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Rented a car from Veracruz for a day and drove to Tajin near Papantla to see the ruins. It was a bit of a long drive getting there and in hindsight we should have stayed in the area for the night. Outside of that, we really enjoyed the ruins even after already seeing 7-8. Our guide was the most enthusiastic,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Some of the best ruins ever, nobody there, no tourists, one of the least known pre hispanic culture.

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toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This is the reason for visiting Papantla. We took the 10 am bus from the bus stop behind the cathedral. It was 16 pesos and the bus company is called Tuspa. A few buses pull up here, so be sure to get on the right one. It should have an "el Tajin" sign in the front window. You will be... More 

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