Search for "Paris" or "Colosseum"
Book online or call: (888) 651-9785

El Tajín Ruins and Papantla Day Trip from Veracruz

Veracruz, Mexico

From $119.00

Select Date and Travelers

Reserve Now & Pay Later
Secure your spot while staying flexible
Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Knock out visits to two important sites of Mexico’s pre-Columbian Totanac culture—the archaeological ruins of El Tajín and the 13th-century city of Papantla—in one day on this guided trip from Veracruz. Wander through the pyramids and plazas of the UNESCO-listed El Tajín, learn about Mesoamerican history and discover the cultural treasures of Papantla, from its flying pole dancers to vanilla. Hassle-free hotel transport by van is included.
  • Day trip from Veracruz to El Tajín and Papantla
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed archaeological ruins of El Tajín
  • See key structures like the Pyramid of the Niches and Plaza del Arroyo
  • Tour the Totanac city of Papantla
  • Learn about Papantla’s famous Dance of the Flyers, a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed tradition
  • Round-trip transport from your Veracruz hotel included

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by van
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

08:00 AM

Pickup details

We pick up from all Veracruz hotels if your hotel is out of the pickup area, please contact us to provide you with the nearest meeting point.

What To Expect

One of the largest cities during the Mesoamerican classical era, El Tajín is located 150 miles (240 km) north of Veracruz and dates back to 600 AD. Rise early for a pickup from your Veracruz hotel and travel with your guide to El Tajín, coined the City of Thunder. The drive parallels the Gulf of Mexico coast, so soak up the scenery or catch some sleep en route.

Follow your informative guide around the UNESCO-listed archaeological site and walk around the ruins to check out the pyramids and plazas. Learn about an ancient game that was played on the ball courts by the Totanac people, and see the most significant structures: the Plaza del Arroyo, the palaces of Tajín Chico and the Pyramid of the Niches.

Next, drive to the city of Papantla. After refueling with lunch (own expense), start your tour and see the city sights including the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our Lady of the Assumption), built in the late 1500s.

Papantla also is known for the Danza de los Voladores, or Dance of the Flyers, a spectacle that dates back to Mesoamerica. After ascending a tall pole, the ‘flying men’ release into the air headfirst with ropes wound tightly around their ankles, twirling for onlookers.

Learn about another icon of Papantla, vanilla, which has been grown here since the time of the Totanacs.

Your day trip ends with transport back to your hotel in Veracruz.

El Tajin

Tajin is located in northern Veracruz, 14 km from Papantla and 16 km from Poza Rica. In an area of 12 acres, there are 168 buildings that constitute its religious and political center. On this tour, we will admire 41 buildings that are the most majestic of the area: “La Piramide de los Nichos”(The Pyramid of the Niches) and “Plaza del Arroyo.” This city is the one with the largest number of pre-Hispanic ball game courts with a total of 17. In addition, you can see the internationally known flight ceremony.

1 hour 20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


Then we will travel to Papantla, a city known for the ritual of “The flying of Papantla” and the production of the aromatic vanilla. It is also named Magical Town of Mexico for keeping its ancient traditions, and colorful costumes of its communities.

1 hour 5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
Operated by Amigo Tours Mexico

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

about cancellations.

Traveler Tips

A long day trip from Heroica Veracruz lasting almost four hours each way but well worth it for us.
5 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-5 of 5 reviews
A long day well-spent
Gek_S, Mar 2020
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.
Best time yet.
augst89, Feb 2020
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.
Well planned. Excellent value...
Douglas F, Apr 2018
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.
Mexico is truly a beautiful place...
Andrew_W, Jan 2018
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The ruins are spectacular. The...
Bart W, Mar 2016
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.


Product code: 5885VERTAJ