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Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins

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Enjoy fascinating architecture, archaeology and history on this guided day trip from Veracruz. With the help of an informative guide, discover the ruins of Quiahuiztlan, perched on a hilltop overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. In the Mesoamerican archaeological site of Cempoala, walk by ancient temples and learn about the city’s invasion by Aztecs. Wrap up the day in La Antigua, Mexico’s first Spanish settlement. Round-trip hotel transport is included.
  • Historical day trip from Veracruz
  • Visit the archaeological ruins of Quiahuiztlan
  • See the ruins of Cempoala, the pre-Aztec capital of the Totanac Empire
  • Explore La Antigua’s historic sites, including the first Catholic church in Mexico
  • Learn about Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés and see his 16th-century house
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Knock out visits to three important historical Mexican sites in one day with this guided trip from Veracruz. After morning hotel pickup by minivan, travel with your guide to Quiahuiztlan, located about 45 miles (75 km) up the coast.

Upon arrival, follow your guide around the archaeological ruins, set on a hill with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. See what remains and learn about their importance. The site was home to Totanac temples, plazas and a ballcourt during its time as part of the Tlaxcala confederation.

Next, head south about 20 miles (30 km) to the archaeological site of Cempoala, meaning ‘twenty waters.’ Hear about the origin of its name and gain insight into Cempoala's Mesoamerican history, from its time as the Totanac Empire’s capital to the Aztec invasion.

You’ll see a myriad of temple ruins, including the Circulo de los Gladiadores (Circle of the Gladiators), Templo Mayor (Major Temple), Templo del Dios del Viento y la Cruz (God of Winds Temple and the Cross) and Templo de las Chimeneas (Temple of the Chimneys).

Then, continue south in your minivan to La Antigua, the first town the Spanish settled in Mexico. After a lunch break at a delicious local eatery (own expense), begin your sightseeing tour of the charming, tree-lined town. Its historic attractions include the 16th-century house of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, who led the invasion of the Aztec Empire; Ermita del Rosario (the first Catholic church in the Americas); and La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish buildings still standing in Mexico).

Your day trip ends with transport back to your hotel in Veracruz.
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Stop At:  
Quiahuiztlan Archaeological Zone
Knock out visits to three important historical Mexican sites in one day with this guided trip from Veracruz. After morning hotel pickup by minivan, travel with your guide to Quiahuiztlan, located about 45 miles (75 km) up the coast. Upon arrival, follow your guide around the archaeological ruins, set on a hill with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. See what remains and learn about their importance. The site was home to Totanac temples, plazas, and a ballcourt during its time as part of the Tlaxcala confederation. Next, head south about 20 miles (30 km) to the archaeological site of Cempoala, meaning ‘twenty waters.’ Hear about the origin of its name and gain insight into Cempoala's Mesoamerican history, from its time as the Totonac Empire’s capital to the Aztec invasion. You’ll see a myriad of temple ruins, including the Circulo de Los Gladiadores (Circle of the Gladiators), Templo Mayor (Major Temple), Templo del Dios del Viento y la Cruz (God of Winds Temple and the Cross) and Templo de las Chimeneas (Temple of the Chimneys). Then, continue south in your minivan to La Antigua, the first town the Spanish settled in Mexico
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lagunas de Zempoala National Park
After a lunch break at a delicious local eatery (own expense), begin your sightseeing tour of the charming, tree-lined town. Its historic attractions include the 16th-century house of Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés, who led the invasion of the Aztec Empire; Ermita del Rosario (the first Catholic church in the Americas); and La Casa del Cabildo (one of the oldest Spanish buildings still standing in Mexico). Your day trip ends with transport back to your hotel in Veracruz.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Amigo Tours Mexico

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What is the maximum group size during Veracruz Combo Tour: La Antigua, Cempoala and Quiahuiztlan Ruins?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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Trip war auf jeden Fall interessant...
Sebastian B
, Mar 2016
Trip war auf jeden Fall interessant und man hat einen guten Eindruck über Veracruz und derer Geschichte erhalten. Der Reiseanbiert vor Ort, war allerdings nicht nach meinem Geschmack, so haben sie uns die Reise 30 Minuten vor Reiseantritt abgesagt.... aber das das ist jetzt vergessen und ich kann nur empfehlen die Tour zu machen, wenn man in Veracruz ist.
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