El Tajín Archaeological World Heritage Site & the Papantla Voladores

One Day Tour to Explore an Important México Ancient Ruins Site

The archoeological ruins of El Tajín found in northern Veracruz is one of two recognized World Heritage Sites in this Mexican state. The Totonacan people built over 150 structures including 17 ball courts (more than any other Mesoamerican site) and flourished here between 800 and 1150 AD. On of the more famous structures built is called the Pyramid of the Niches. About 50% of the structures have been unearthed and are partially or fully restored.


This Tour Operates: Everyday (not available on major Mexican holidays)
Trip Size: 1-6 adults & children
Hotel Pick-Up: 8:00am at your hotel in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio
Hotel Drop-Off: approx. 8:00pm

Book Tour

  • Scenic Drive
  • See the Papantla Voladores Ceremony
  • Guided Tour of El Tajín Archaeological Zone
  • Tour of the City of Papantla

You will be picked up right at your hotel or wherever you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio by one of our local bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. Your group will then travel approximately 4 hours north to the ruins site of El Tajín. Along the way, your guide will point out other interesting geographical features and explain some of the history associated with the areas you are travelling through. When you reach the El Tajín ruins site, your guide will lead your group on a tour to view the major structures. The starting point will be at a small museum located at the entrance of the site.

Later, you will have the opportunity to witness the ceremonial flight of the Voladores. Five men (Voladores or fliers) will reenact high above the ground an ancient ritual that was performed by the Totonacs to appease their god of fertility to bless the area with an abundance of food and water. Get your cameras out for this one. Lunch (not included) will be served at a traditional local restaurant followed by a tour of the city of Papantla. Afterwards, your tour guide will take you back to where you are staying in the city of Veracruz or Boca del Rio.

Tour Fees

1 adult: $269
2 adults: $147 /adult
3-6 adults: $107 /adult
Children 6-11: $47 /child
Note: All trips listed about are in US dollars. Larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us for special pricing.

Included in Tour Fee

Includes: Pickup at your hotel, local bilingual tour guide, all entrance fees, tour as advertised, all taxes, dropoff at your hotel

Not Included in Tour Fee

Not Included: Lunch, guide tips
Testimonial Image

It's been a great day. I saw all the wonderful buildings, learned a lot of history, and also about the ancient Mexican culture.

-Steven Johnson