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Los Voladores of Papantla

Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Veracruz
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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San Diego, California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 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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6 helpful votes 6 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
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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
57 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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112 attraction reviews
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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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