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Introducing Santiago Tuxtla

More laid-back and a touch more charming than its built-up neighbor San Andrés, Santiago is centered on a lovely, verdant main plaza – one of the state’s prettiest – and is surrounded by the rolling green foothills of the volcanic Sierra de los Tuxtlas. The plaza is strewn with ladies arm-in-arm, couples lip-to-lip and shoes getting vigorously shined. It’s not on the tourist track per se, but the intriguing little museum, the close proximity (23km) to Tres Zapotes and the possibility of a tranquil stay at Mesón de Santiago merit a visit.

All buses arrive and depart near the junction of Morelos and the highway. To get to the center, continue down Morelos, then turn right into Ayuntamiento, which leads to the main plaza, a few blocks away.