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Los Voladores of Papantla

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Address: Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico
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We caught this in Paplanto and I think beginning to end, it was about 20 minutes. Our guide had told us the cost would be 30 MXP. Someone tried to charge me 50 MXP and I refused... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stonington, Connecticut

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Stonington, Connecticut
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We caught this in Paplanto and I think beginning to end, it was about 20 minutes. Our guide had told us the cost would be 30 MXP. Someone tried to charge me 50 MXP and I refused so they accepted the 30 MXP. Record a video with your cell phone. The performers will happily do group photos after the event... More 

Thank WendyPerez
Xalapa, Mexico
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49 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional people fly around a standing pole. It was a traditional performance but now the demonstrate it several times a day.

Thank bruno123452015
Singapore, Singapore
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129 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Probably the best place to catch this spectacle is at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ascension, just next to the main square of Papantla de Olarte. Basically, five men climb a tall vertical pole. While one plays the pipes, the other four jump off the top (with ropes attached, of course), and spin around as the rope slowly... More 

Thank colin_matthew
Wilmington, North Carolina
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126 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Very, very good show! We were there for the day to see the ruins. Wonderful place to see! Show is about once per hour or so. A tip is requested, and about 50 pesos per person.

Thank lafff
Arlington, Texas
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89 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Very talented men that do this act. Quite interesting to see the different cultures and rituals. I would definitely return.

Thank emilio_tx
Mexico City, Mexico
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are in Papntla you must watch the Voladores (fliers). The ceremony is rich in history, an ancient test of bravery to appeas the gods. But today a viberant ceremony to remember an ancient tradition. You can see the Voladores in Mexico City ( museum of anthropology and the piramids of Teotihucan, but Papantla is the origin and a... More 

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San Rafael, California
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200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We've seen the Voladords a couple of times at the Tlaxcala Feria. They are a sight to behold! If you get the chance, don't miss them!

Thank Craig T
New York
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83 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We sat on the steps of the church on the plaza where the flyers' pole is erected. The flyers circle the pole playing their flutes. Then four of them climb, wrap their ropes around the top of the pole, and are joined by a fifth who perches on the very top of the pole. Down come the four flyers, upside... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Saw the voladores putting on there show at the Mayan ruins of Tajin (which are also a worthwhile visit). Their show lasts about 20 mins and is quite impressive to see what they do for a living. Also their costumes cost an incredible amount of money and overall the whole show and story is well worth the effort to go... More 

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Athlone, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Papantla is a small town, I visited in 2008, but to be able to see the Voladores of Papantla live, is such an amazing experience. Their ability to do such thing are incredible! So entertaining, cultural and colorful. It's something that you can't see in other country in the world.

Thank Patricia S

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