The name comes from Náhuatl: “Yohualli” = Night; “Chantli” = Home, so its meaning is "House of Night" or "house of darkness". It is one of the richest regions of the Northern Sierra, occupied by four ethnic groups with very old cultural history: The Otomis, Tepehuas, Totonacs and Nahuas, these latter arrived in the region around 1469 during the reign of Emperor Axayácatl in Mexico-Tenochtitlan. It was the Totonac culture who founded the site in the early classic period (250-300 AD) and they abandoned it in the half Post classic (1250-1485 AD), due to the arrival of Nahua groups, beginning with the Toltec conquest, then Chichimeca and finally mastering the Mexicans.
In this site there is one of the biggest ball games in Mesoamerica, as the court is 90 meters long. Its architecture is very similar to "El Tajin" due to the proximity of only 60 km, consequently they had much contact and a great influence.