A day spent at this beautiful archaeological site and you will agree it well deserves its title of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in the state of Veracruz, El Tajin was at its height from the early 9th to the early 13th century. It became the most important centre in north-east Mesoamerica after the fall of the Teotihuacan Empire. Its cultural influence extended all along the Gulf and penetrated into the Maya region and the high plateaux of central Mexico. Its architecture, which is unique in Mesoamerica, is characterized by elaborate carved reliefs on the columns and frieze. The ‘Pyramid of the Niches’, a masterpiece of ancient Mexican and American architecture, reveals the astronomical and symbolic significance of the buildings. El Tajin has survived as an outstanding example of the grandeur and importance of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Mexico. (UNESCO)
One of the most spectacular and easily recognized buildings on the site is the Pyramid of the Niches.
Take an easy stroll up the hill behind the Pyramid of the Niches, for a spectacular view of the entire archaeologic site, surrounded by the lush tropical forest.
Visiting these magnificent structures helps us imagine how this city would have looked at its peak. It must have been thriving, vibrant, the cultural and religious center of the Totonacs.
The beauty of the site, the magnificent buildings… Our only regret was that we decided to not pay a tour guide. We should have known better! When we visited other historic sites, such as Machu Picchu in Peru, and the San Felipe Castle in Cartagena, Colombia, the details and background information that a tour guide can add were a big asset to enjoying the visit.
Have you visited El Tajín, or any other archaeologic sites? Let us know in the comments!
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