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Los Voladores of Papantla

Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 9 Activities in Veracruz
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Performances
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San Diego, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
45 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We watched them perform in a grassy area in front of the Museo Nacionale de Anthropologia. The pole is 100 km in the air. How one of them can simultaneously 'unwind' the rope while upside down, play the piccolo-like instrument and tap the drum at the same time is amazing - ! These 'flyers' are as good as Cirque du... More 

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Brownsville, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

just ok not much to say been there many times it has turned into a tourist trap not anything as it was in the not to distance past but its a must see if you have not been there do it twice the 1st & the last

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McAllen, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Watching the brightly-clad 'birdmen' swing around and around, gradually unwinding the rope attached to their feet is like nothing else. These men wear red pants and white shirts with a sash around their chests and a brightly colored cap. They stand out against the blue sky. Although some reviewers have said it was a Mayan ritual, the pole-dancers originated with... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

very educational. last ts of shopping. ruins all looked alike. not wheel chair friendly. the flyers are interesting

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Mexico City, Mexico
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114 reviews 114 reviews
69 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This was centuries before the bungijump, and it's a very interesting mayan ritual boys had to do to prove to his family and community that he was ready to become a man. If you have never seen it it's really worth your time. You will see that boys had to really be brave to pull this stunt.

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NYC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Amazing show by los voladores de Papantla, worth staying to enjoy their performance. Highly recommend this.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Especially if you see it where it all started - in Papantla! If you can't - you can see it in many other places, e.g. Xochimilco floating gardens (in Nuevo Nativitas, near the parking lot), Anthropological Museum in Mexico City (in front of the entrance), Tulum (parking lot), sometimes near the Cholula Pyramid

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Dublin, Ireland
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I have seen these guys in Mexico City. It really was a unique experience. It's incredible what these guys can do - breathtaking. If you get an opportunity to see them - go and see them! It's really worth it.

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Brownsville, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

These guys are awsome and as they say, "dont try this at home".!!! Their feet and bodies are tied to the top of a tall pole about as high as a 7 story building. Then they jump and slowly unravel their ropes while hanging upside down and swinging around the pole until they reach the end of their ropes and... More 

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Dallas
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274 reviews 274 reviews
117 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

A unique ritual and performance. The insistence of paying at least 30 pesos "donation" per person did not sit too well with me. But - oh well ...

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