This is the ancient capital of the Totonac state, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose names means “City of Thunder” in the original language. The niche pyramid, emblematic of the site, is a Pre-Hispanic piece of astronomical connotations and great construction merit. Each March, the Cumbre Tajín takes place, a festival that celebrates Pre-Hispanic identity and heritage. Around the archaeological site, vendors offer fresh vanilla and handicrafts.







There are many pyramids in Mexico, but like the Temple of the Niches in El Tajin, there is only one. More than one visitor will see windows on the side of its structure, but in reality they are 365 niches minus the staircases. The city, together with Teotihuacan, made up the most important urban twin settlements in the Mesoamerican northeast, from 900 to 1100 AD. The foundation of the society collapsed for reasons still unknown, and we only know that it was set on fire. Its rescue was casual, when a Spanish officer found the forgotten buildings in 1785 – while looking for illegal tobacco plantations.


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It was fortunate for coming generations that El Tajin, after its fall, was forgotten and claimed by the jungle. This allowed it to survive the Conquest practically intact, as well as the long Colonial Era. In 1992, UNESCO declared it to be a World Heritage Site, since its cultural influence – at the time of its peak – was extended along the Gulf to the Mayan zone and to the inland highlands. Its architecture, with friezes and bas reliefs, stands out as unique in Mesoamerica. We must thank nature for preserving the “City of Thunder” for the future.



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This is a city of quarry stone and clear skies. It is not strange to run into Rarámuri people on the streets, who descend from the Tarahumara Mountains to do their shopping or offer their handcrafts. It is difficult to ignore the meat cuts, the cold beer and other amenities from northern Mexico. Exploring mansions from the times of the Mexican Revolution, the cathedral, and Pancho Villa’s grave make this destination an interesting lesson in history. This is where the Chihuahua-Pacífico train route begins, which crosses the dramatic Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon). At the Naica mine, you can see the largest cave with crystals in the world, known as Cueva de las Espadas (Cave of the Swords).



The most active agricultural regions in Mexico are found in this state, which also has an important fishing fleet. It is known for banda music, its landscapes, rivers, ports as important as Topolobampo and, naturally, exquisite seafood, perhaps the best in the country. The port of Mazatlán is a favorite among beach destinations, but also because of its remarkable historical center, full of color and life.