On this weekend trip we will visit the impressive archaeological site of El Tajin, the beautiful town of Papantla (Pueblo Mágico) and the laid back beach and river town of Tecolutla; were we can make a boat trip in the mangroves, release baby sea turtles, relax on the beach or at the pool, and eat some of the best sea food in the world. It´s time to explore some more (hidden) jewels of the State of Veracruz :-).
We will stay at an excellent hotel with swimming pool, right at the beach (1 night, 2 days). We leave early Saturday morning at 6.00 a.m.; and will be in Mexico City again at Sunday at 22.00 p.m.
Archeological site of El Tajin:
El Tajín is a pre-Columbian archeological site in southern Mexico and is one of the largest and most important cities of the Classic era of Mesoamerica. El Tajín flourished from 600 to 1200 C.E. and during this time numerous temples, palaces, ballcourts, and pyramids were built. From the time the city fell, in 1230, to 1785, no European seems to have known of its existence. El Tajín was named a World Heritage site in 1992, due to its cultural importance and its architecture. This architecture includes the use of decorative niches and cement in forms unknown in the rest of Mesoamerica. Its best-known monument is the Pyramid of the Niches, but other important monuments include the Arroyo Group, the North and South Ballcourts and the palaces of Tajín Chico. In total there have been 20 ballcourts discovered at this site (the last 3 being discovered in March 2013). Since the 1970s, El Tajin has been the most important archeological site in Veracruz for tourists, attracting over 650,000 visitors a year.
Papantla (Pueblo Mágico):
Papantla is a beautiful town located in the north of the state of Veracruz. The city was founded in the 13th century by the Totonacs and has dominated the Totonacapan region of the state since then. This is the home of vanilla, which is native to this region and the Danza de los Voladores. Papantla still has strong communities of Totonacs who maintain the culture and language. The city contains a number of large scale murals and sculptures which honor the Totonac culture. The name Papantla is from Nahuatl and most often interpreted to mean "place of the papanes" (a species of crow). This meaning is reflected in the municipality’s coat of arms.
Tecolutla is a town and municipality located on the Tecolutla River on the eastern coast of the state of Veracruz in Mexico. It has the closest beaches to Mexico City as it is only a four or five-hour drive from the capital. It is along the Gulf of Mexico called the “Emerald Coast”. Tecolutla’s biggest attraction is its natural settings of wetlands with estuaries, canals and mangroves associated with the river. The name Tecolutla means “place of the tecolotes or owls¨. The price is 1850 MXN. Includes private transport for our group, experienced driver, tours, 1 night in a hotel (price per person in double room) and explanations in English and Spanish. Does not include meals and entrances.
Is important you reserve your place ASAP; the price is 2350 Mexican pesos, includes transport, 1 night in an excelent hotel with swimming pool (sharing with a member of the same sex of our small group) and excursions. Does not include entrances or optional boat trip; information [masked] (Whatsapp, Lidia Herrera).
Let´s explore Mexico together in safe and fun way :-).
TRAVEL BLOG WITH VIRTUAL TRIP TECOLUTLA, EL TAJIN AND PAPANTLA: https://aztecexplorers.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/exploring-tecolutla-beach-el-tajin-archeological-site-and-papantla-pueblo-magico/