The Cumbre Tajin takes place to the north of the Emerald Coast, close to the Magic Town of Papantla. At the start of every Spring since the year 2000, this cultural festival houses different activities in its three venues, all nearby: the historic center of Papantla, the Takilhsukut Theme Park and the El Tajin archaeological site.
Since its first edition, at the beginning of the millennium, the Cumbre Tajin has been continuously growing, and has reached international recognition. Artists such as Cafe Tacvba, Los Cojolites, Babasonicos, Fito Páez, Los Tigres del Norte, Björk, Regina Spektor, among many others, have performed on its stages.
There are several reasons why this festival has excelled over many others. The first is that it actually promotes the contact between man and his environment. This is why Cumbre Tajin holds its activities around the spring equinox. The second reason, it is inclusive. 109 yards from the El Tajin archaeological site and 9 miles from Papantla, on the Emerald Coast, the Takilhsukut Park is the main center of the indigenous identity of Veracruz and the place more conducive for its dialogue with other cultures in Mexico and around the world. During the Cumbre, in the Takilhsukut Park, activities such as concerts by indigenous cultures, courses, workshops and exhibits so as to learn more about the region’s ancient cultures, are held.
And, of course, the main reason for which the Cumbre Tajin and the Emerald Coast in general are such a success is because of the unique setting where the festival is held. The most visible structure is the Los Nichos Pyramid. The area is about 1,800 years old and is one of the archaeological sites with more ball games, but the Los Nichos Pyramid immediately attracts attention. Its niches or “windows” are 365 in all and represent the days of the year, and its construction creates a play of light and shadows that can be enjoyed even more during the evening events held during Cumbre Tajin.