The "Monumento a los Voladores" lies atop a hill a few hundred meters from the church. It's really not a hard walk. It offers an amazing view of the area. For a second time today, I managed to see the Voladores de Papantla in action.
Right outside the catedral, one can witness one of the oldest traditions in Totonaca culture, the Voladores de Papantla. Where this the first bungee jumpers? One might say yes. I had witnessed this art before, but never in Papantla itself. I was able to see the "Voladores de Papantla" on action at the catedral of Papantla. It is a true Totonac tradition.
A cosy restaurant upstairs on the western side of the zocalo. Make sure you get a table on the balcony so you can watch all the activity in and around the zocalo.
The meals here are excellent - a lot of variety and very tasty. Main courses average around the $4 - $6 mark. Friendly staff, good service. It was here that I was introduced to Xanath, (pronounce "shanat") - the local liqueur made from vanilla - it is divine - you must try it. Only locals at the restaurant - no other visitors apart from us to be seen in all Papantla at the time - so the food is authentic!
A lot of local family groups seem to come here.
Favorite Dish: The Xanath!!! A beautiful smooth liqueur with the flavour of vanilla.
All the food we had here was great - from antojitos (little snacks) through to mains and breakfast. They advertise that they open at 7.30 am, but we found there was a certain flexibility in this - take this into account if you want breakfast before an early start.
The restaurant is upstairs at Enriquez 103 - that is on the side of the zocalo facing the cathedral. There is a number of tables out on the balcony, from where you can watch all the activity in the street and the zocalo. Best in late afternoon/evening, when the zocalo is busiest.
The menu is comprehensive, the food is excellent and the prices are very good. Whether it's an afternoon snack and a cold beer (and the beer is good and cold!), dinner or breakfast, it's definitely worth a visit.
Favorite Dish: Antojitos - a great range of snacks
The ruins of El Tajin are definitly underated. It is often missed in the itineraries of regular travelers. I was glad I made the effort to see this gorgeous monument. Check out my page of el Tajin for more pics