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Address: Veracruz, Mexico
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Great short stop.

Visited Papantla as a lunch stop while traveling between Mexico City and Emerald Coast for a beach weekend. A great stop for a few hours, but not much beyond that. Popular... read more

4 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
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Visited Papantla as a lunch stop while traveling between Mexico City and Emerald Coast for a beach weekend. A great stop for a few hours, but not much beyond that. Popular overnight before visiting El Tajin, we but didn't stay overnight. Had a nice lunch over looking the Zocalo, watched the Voladores in the church courtyard, and did a little... More 

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San Miguel de Allende
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81 reviews 81 reviews
35 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We have visited 60 out of the 80 magical towns in Mexico. Papantla is not pretty. We are not sure how this town got that status. It is quite ugly with nothing of value to visit. I guess because it is close to el Tajin and the Indigenous Eco Center it gets to claim that. This is an old run... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I love el Tajin, I am born very close to Papantla and I recall visiting way before it was touristy. It has changed throughout these years but change is good. I will definitely be back so my boys can experience it the way I did when I was younger.

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Edmonton, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Lots to see, fresh vegetable and fruit stands all over. Make sure you stop at the Vanilla plantation just before the city. Very nice store with what I am told the best vanilla ever. Have not tried it yet. They also sell a vanilla liquor called Xanath. The vanilla is made by the Gaya family.

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Xalapa, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I was excited about seeing this "pueblo magico" (not sure who gave it that name), but was very disappointed. First, on the way from the bus station to the zocalo (about a 3-4 block walk), someone walked up to us to offer to sell us cocaine (seriously? I mean we were a conspicuous-looking group of 3 foreigners, one with dreadlocks,... More 

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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143 reviews 143 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

O.k. there is not much to do beside visting Tajin, which is one of the best archeologal places I havd seen in Mexico and hanging arround the zocalo, but that place has a lot of character, everybody is there at night with all the little stalls for food and drink.

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Brownsville, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

great little town many local people moving arround lovely center park to just sit an relax also lots of shops & rest.an a local market with many things done by the people there

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Monterrey, Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Tajin is the most interesting archeological site I've visited: The pyramids are awesome and the plastered walls (stucco) are a unique sight. Unfortunately, the rest of the city is boring: Nightlife is limited to a few spots of loud music, and daylife revolves around the park. Nothing much to see.

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McAllen, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Papantla is seldom visited by foreign tourists. It is a small town with a rich history (home of vanilla) and psychic energy. There are a couple of hotels on the square to stay at, while you visit the El Tajin archeological site. The atmosphere is different than anywhere else in Mexico, in a good way.

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Ojai, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We visited the nearby archelogical site. Very interesting. Had the best tacos from a cart in town from a cart vendor. Interesting drive through town.

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Address: Address: Veracruz, Mexico
Location: Mexico  >  Central Mexico and Gulf Coast  >  Veracruz  >  Veracruz

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