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Los Voladores of Papantla

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Address: Tajin, Veracruz, Mexico
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Papantla charming, flyers mildly interesting.

Stopped in Papantla otw to Tajin. Charming town, interesting mural. Flyers performance just a small piece of the bigger picture. Don't hang around just to see it. It's done also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in Papantla otw to Tajin. Charming town, interesting mural. Flyers performance just a small piece of the bigger picture. Don't hang around just to see it. It's done also at Tajin.

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We saw this show by the pyramids at El Tajin, and again in the city of Papantla near the church in the zocalo. They put on an amazing show, and we were impressed by how gracefully they performed this dangerous and historic ceremony.

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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

An historic ritual performance that is best viewed after a trip to El Tajin and reading about the historical significance. Beautiful to watch.

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is one of the more amazing things we experienced during our trip to the Veracruz region. Having 4 men launching themselves down, tied to a rope and twirling upside down to the music of a flute played by a 5th man dancing on top of the 30 meter pole, was exhilarating. It made our 4 hour trip to Tajin... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2016

We caught this in Paplanto and I think beginning to end, it was about 20 minutes. Our guide had told us the cost would be 30 MXP. Someone tried to charge me 50 MXP and I refused so they accepted the 30 MXP. Record a video with your cell phone. The performers will happily do group photos after the event... More 

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Xalapa, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

Traditional people fly around a standing pole. It was a traditional performance but now the demonstrate it several times a day.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015

Probably the best place to catch this spectacle is at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Ascension, just next to the main square of Papantla de Olarte. Basically, five men climb a tall vertical pole. While one plays the pipes, the other four jump off the top (with ropes attached, of course), and spin around as the rope slowly... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

Very, very good show! We were there for the day to see the ruins. Wonderful place to see! Show is about once per hour or so. A tip is requested, and about 50 pesos per person.

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

Very talented men that do this act. Quite interesting to see the different cultures and rituals. I would definitely return.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2015

If you are in Papntla you must watch the Voladores (fliers). The ceremony is rich in history, an ancient test of bravery to appeas the gods. But today a viberant ceremony to remember an ancient tradition. You can see the Voladores in Mexico City ( museum of anthropology and the piramids of Teotihucan, but Papantla is the origin and a... More 

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