Cempoala is one of the most important cities of the Gulf Coast. Although there is evidence of the Olmec style in the settlement, it was the capital of the Totonacs, who dominated a large part of the territory of Veracruz and the north of the State of Puebla, where Totonacs, Chinantecs and Zapotecs coexisted; gathering around fifty towns.
During its most important period, Cempoala had 25 or 30 thousand inhabitants. One of its most outstanding characteristics is a set of staggered rings that according to some researchers was a tool built with the purpose of measuring time.
The planning of the distribution of the buildings that make up the site is based on the use of «Walled Systems,» with the main objective of protecting the buildings from frequent flooding. All the tall buildings have narrow stairways and high inclination, while the platforms and the entrances of the enclosures have wide openings and short inclination; all of them flanked by wide ‘alfardas’.
The site has several sets of hillocks surrounded by walls. The civic-ceremonial area covers a space of 4,300 square meters where the Pimiento Building, the Palace of Moctezuma, the Temple of the Cross, and the Building of the Caritas are located. The Walled System IV was composed of the Great Temple to the north, the chimneys to the east and to the west the Great Pyramid; and the Temple of the God of the Air.
The tour requires a minimum of 4 participants to be booked through this means. For additional requirements and doubts, please contact our call center.
|Meeting Place||Camp México Verde|
|Location||Coast Area, Veracruz|
|Check-in||It is recommended to arrive at Camp México Verde at 8:30 hrs.|
|Check-out||Return to Camp Mexico Verde at 18:45 hrs.|
Clothing and Footwear
|Comfortable clothing, camera and sun hat.|
|Have cash with you for souvenir shopping in the town. Bring a camera. Be punctual.|
|In case of any medical condition, please inform the staff to take the necessary precautions.|
|Price (per person)||$ 1,500 MXN per person|
10:30 - 2:00 pm
Zona Arqueológica de Cempoala, Veracruz