Find Your Niche
The Totanac archaeological site called El Tajin in northern Veracruz, Mexico
, contains many unique examples of Mesoamerican architecture, such as the Templo de los Nichos or Temple of the Niches. The Totanacs ruled coastal Veracruz in the Classic Period (300-900 C.E.) and were the creators of the flying ritual still performed in modern Mexico by the Voladores. The temple of the niches has 365 niches, one for every day of the year, and is believed to be related to rituals involving the sun and the astronomical calendar. The archaeological site is easily accessed from Poza Rica or Papantla. Papantla is a small town compared to the busier Poza Rica, so it is much nicer for walking around in the evening and hanging out in the town square after dinner.