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El Tajin
El Tajin

El Tajin

Zona Arqueológica de El Tajin, El Tajin, Veracruz

The Basics

You can easily explore all of El Tajín’s excavated and restored buildings, pyramids, and plazas—as well as the on-site museum—in just a couple of hours. As such, El Tajín is a popular day-trip destination from Veracruz City and Boca del Río, with full-day tour options typically combining a stop at the ruins with visits to nearby attractions, such as the 13th-century "magic town" of Papantla and vanilla orchid plantations and factories.

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El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
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$119.00 per adult
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Best time yet.
Absolutely loved it. This is my 1st trip to Mexico, I do not speak spanish and asked for a english guide. Both the driver/guide and the tour guide at El Tajin. Took the time to play translator for me. It was a absolute blast and would do it again.
augst89, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Veracruz

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Mexico is truly a beautiful place...
SkyNet, Jan 2018
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
Mexico is truly a beautiful place and is rich in history and tradition. Visit El Tajín Ruins! It is a must see if you are a history buff.
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Well planned. Excellent value...
Douglas F, Apr 2018
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
Well planned. Excellent value. Everything was on time. The guide was very knowledgeable and made time to explain everything. He made sure we had time to see everything. Lunch after El Tajín was in a very good restaurant.
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The ruins are spectacular. The...
Bart W, Mar 2016
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
The ruins are spectacular. The driver/guide was excellent. The drive from Veracruz was 4 hours each way, but the drive was rewarded with a long and well preserved site.
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A long day well-spent
Jade-S, Mar 2020
El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz
A long day trip from Heroica Veracruz lasting almost four hours each way but well worth it for us. Our guide Rafael Ortiz was excellent: very safe and skillful driver, so knowledgeable about the history of the period and culture of the Totonacos civilization, obviously proud of his heritage and a really good person. It would have been difficult to spend 10 hours with a guide we just met in the morning if he wasn't such a delight to be with. The ruins were different than others we have seen throughout Mexico so far. Although the pre-Hispanics were mostly trade oriented unlike the Aztecs, one can see the many cross-pollination of ideas and beliefs that were acquired through contact. Enjoyed a lovely lunch across from the Zocalo and a short tour of the town of Papantla before returning to Veracruz. Rafael was a relaxed and engaged guide throughout our entire time with him. His English is excellent. We recommend him without reservations.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear non-slip shoes if you plan on climbing the pyramid at El Tajín.

  • Signage at El Tajín is in Spanish, English, and Totomec.

  • There’s little to no shade at El Tajín, so pack a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sun block.

  • "Danza de los Voladores" (Dance of the Flyers) performances are held frequently throughout the day, close to the main gate.

  • El Tajín may not be fully wheelchair accessible, due to uneven ground and unpaved walkways.

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How to Get There

El Tajín is located approximately 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Veracruz City and 6 miles (10 kilometers) west of Papantla. Buses depart daily from Veracruz City to Papantla. From there, you can take a taxi to El Tajín. Alternatively, save time and hassle and opt for an organized tour which includes round-trip transportation.

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When to Get There

El Tajín is open seven days a week from mid-morning until the late afternoon. It’s best to arrive early or late in order to avoid the hottest points of the day at El Tajín, as the typically hot and humid site offers very few shaded areas. You can also plan your visit to coincide with the annual Cumbre Tajín Festival, which takes place each March.

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What to Do in Veracruz

The east coast state of Veracruz has plenty to offer history and culture buffs beyond El Tajín. Visit Veracruz City to learn more about the region’s Afro-Caribbean past, explore what is probably the oldest building in Mexico—the Casa de Cortés—in La Antigua, or stop by the city of Catemaco in March for the annual sorcery festival. Alternatively, visit Boca del Río in February for Carnaval festivities.

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