One of the few truly off-the-beaten-path archaeological ruins in Veracruz, Quiahuiztlán is an easy day trip from both Veracruz City and Xalapa. To maximize your time in the region and save the hassle of navigating public transit, most travelers prefer to visit during an organized full-day excursion. These tours typically include stops at Cempoala and the historic city of La Antigua, as well as provide round-trip transportation. Once at Quiahuiztlán, challenge yourself to scale the Cerro de los Metates.
Things to Know Before You Go
Quiahuiztlán is an excellent and much quieter alternative to other archaeological ruins in the area, one that few travelers think to visit.
Wear sturdy shoes if you plan on climbing the Cerro de los Metates at Quiahuiztlán.
Learn more about Quiahuiztlán during a guided excursion of the ruins, alongside other nearby attractions.
Quiahuiztlán is not fully wheelchair accessible, due to uneven ground and unpaved walkways.
How to Get There
Quiahuiztlán is situated 47 miles (76 kilometers) north of Veracruz City and is a 1.5-hour drive from Xalapa to the west. Public buses traveling north on Highway 180 go past Quiahuiztlán, but the route can be time-consuming and confusing for non-Spanish speakers. As such, it’s easier to travel by private vehicle or opt for a tour which includes round-trip transportation.
When to Get There
Unlike other archaeological ruins in Veracruz, Quiahuiztlán is typically quiet and uncrowded year-round. Open daily from the early morning to the late afternoon, visit before the sun reaches its peak to take advantage of cooler weather and try to stop by on a clear day to enjoy the best views over the Gulf of Mexico.
Archaeological Ruins in Veracruz
Quiahuiztlán is one of Veracruz’s most underrated archaeological ruins, but there’s plenty for history buffs to explore in this coastal state. El Tajín, situated four hours north of Veracruz City, is perhaps the best known, while Cempoala offers visitors a wealth of temples to explore.