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El Tajin Archaeological Zone and Museum

El Tajin is the most important pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican city on the north coast of Veracruz. Its influence covers the basins of the Ríos Cazones and Tecolutla from the Sierra Norte de Puebla, where its influence is clearly seen in the archaeological zone of Yohualichan, to the coastal plain of the Gulf of Mexico.

From the urban point of view in El Tajin, the large open spaces delimited by temples and slopes were privileged. In addition to the decorations with niches, reliefs, and mural painting. One of the most interesting constructions is the so-called Pyramid of the Niches, so-called because the boards that make up its facades were decorated with niches that make a total of 365, which is why it has received attention from scholars in Mesoamerican calendars and worldview.

El Tajin is the city with the highest number of ball games: 17, which has been interpreted as a necessity given the cultural diversity that, according to the time, could inhabit the city.

Chronology: 300 to 1200 AD. C. Main chronological location: Epiclassic, 600 to 900 AD. C.


There are five main accesses: from the southeast (coming from Veracruz, Ver.), From the north (coming from Tampico, Tamaulipas), from the west (coming from Mexico City, DF), from the southwest (coming from the city from Puebla, Puebla) and to the south (coming from Xalapa, Veracruz). Whatever the route, take the state road that leads to the community of El Chote, it is approximately 10 kilometers to where the entrance of the archaeological zone is located. The visitor can arrive at the site by means of public transport.


Zona Arqueológica de El Tajin, Veracruz, 93479

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