Where living is calm and happy

Papantla is a city that preserves the typical charm of the Mexican province. Vanilla has given it worldwide fame as "the city that perfumes the world". Located in the central area of ​​the state, it is surrounded by exceptional landscapes, bathed by the golden threads of the sun and lulled by the soft light of the moon.

Its name means "place of very noisy birds" and its song harmonizes life with very varied celebrations. One of its most famous traditions is the dance of the Voladores de Papantla; dedicated to fertility and the rebirth of the earth.

Nearby, you can visit the El Tajin archaeological zone, belonging to the Totonac culture and one of the most important religious centers in Mesoamerica.

The surprises of Papantla seem to have no limits. Just a few minutes from the town, you will find beaches that offer warm and pleasant waters.

Built in the eighteenth century, the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption is the most important religious building in the town. It is located on a low hill. Of a Franciscan style, it has wooden finials decorated with vanilla motifs and the symbol of Nahui-Olín, the "fifth sun" for the Nahuatl culture.

Behind the temple is the Cerro del Campanario, a place that serves as a lookout for incredible views of the city, as well as housing the 18-meter-high Monument to the Flying, built to honor these dancers.

Another curiosity is the Chapel of Christ the King, which is a scaled copy of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.

Papantla is also a site of irresistible gastronomic traditions. In addition, the Totonac women are expert weavers and embroiderers. Entire families, men and women, weave the palm to make baskets, fans and hats.

To feel like someone from the place, you have to go to the Israel C. Téllez Park, where locals gather to take in the fresh air or rest. Here, every weekend there are traditional Friday de Danzón, Musical Saturdays and Cultural Sundays where local artists are supported and promoted.

Planning your next trip?, we suggest you undertake a successful journey to Papantla, Magic Town of Veracruz.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Church of Our Lady of Asuncion Built in 1700, this building is the most important temple in Papantla.
  • Chapel of Christ the King It happens to be a small replica of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris.
  • Hidalgo Market Ideal place to taste the delicious local cuisine and also to acquire some handicrafts.
  • Sculptural Mural of the Totonaca Culture It represents the History and evolution of the ancient Totonaca culture.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Festivity of Corpus Christi It takes place in June, when many traditional dances are performed, such as Los Voladores and Los Guaguas. This festivity is the main local celebration.
  • Ninin Festival It takes place from October 28th to November 2nd each year, and basically this festival is the equivalent of the Day of Dead that is celebrated in the rest of Mexico.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Mole sauce Delicious sauce prepared with different kinds of chili, peanuts and, even, chocolate. This unique sauce is served on top of rice and chicken or turkey meat.
  • Tamales Corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with banana leaves to be steamed. Don´t read it, just try it!
  • Enchiladas Tortillas fried in oil and hot sauce stuffed with meat or vegetables, and served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, and cheese on top of them.
  • Pumpkin candies
  • Pemoles Cookies with form of donuts.
  • Bocoles Grilled thick tortilla stuffed each one with different ingredients or stews.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The original village was founded by indigenous people from Tuzapan, who named it also Papantla, which means "New Moon."
  • During the colonial age, this Magic Town was known as "Papantla of Our Lady of Asuncion."
  • In 1910, the village was upgraded to the level of town, whereas in 1935 it was named "Papantla de Olarte," honoring thus the local insurgent Serafin Olarte who combated the Spanish Crown during the Independence War.

Popular Craft

  • Ceramics and pottery
  • Products derived from the vanilla
  • Fabrics and weaves
  • Wooden musical instruments
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