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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One of the most diverse states in the country, it is a place where indigenous traditions are conserved at the same time that it boasts a rich Spanish legacy. Its attractions range from the Colonial city of Morelia, a World Heritage site, to virgin beaches such as Maruata, Nexpa or Faro de Bucerías; and it also includes small traditional towns around the lake in Pátzcuaro and the monarch butterfly sanctuary. In Michoacán, people who changed the course of the country’s history were born, like leaders from the Independence José María Morelos and Josefa Ortíz de Domínguez, and former president Lázaro Cárdenas.



Where to begin? There are beaches, naturally, led by the very famous Acapulco bay, but also Ixtapa with its fine sand or Playa Paraíso and its youthful ambiance. The center of the state was the birthplace of the father of the nation who gave it its name, Vicente Guerrero, and the state includes historical cities as well as nature. The mountainous region is where traditions and landscapes are best conserved: forests, valleys, ravines, waterfalls and rivers, and also rites and customs. It is a state rich in handcrafts where extreme sports can be practiced.