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Introducing Ocosingo

A respite from both the steamy lowland jungle and the chilly highlands, the bustling regional market town of Ocosingo sits in a gorgeous and broad temperate valley midway between San Cristóbal and Palenque. The impressive Maya ruins of Toniná are just a few kilometers away.

The market area along Avenida 2 Sur Oriente, three to five blocks east (downhill) from the central plaza, is the busiest part of town. The Tianguis Campesino is for the area’s small-scale food producers to sell their goods direct; only women are allowed to trade here, and it’s a colorful sight, with most of the traders in traditional dress.

The valleys known as Las Cañadas de Ocosingo, between Ocosingo and the Reserva de la Biosfera Montes Azules to the east, form one of the strongest bastions of support for the Zapatistas, and Ocosingo saw the bloodiest fighting during the 1994 uprising, with about 50 rebels killed here by the Mexican army.

Ocosingo spreads east (downhill) from Hwy 199. Avenida Central runs down from the highway to the broad central plaza, overlooked from its east end by the Templo de San Jacinto. Many hotels, restaurants and services are along Calle Central Norte, running off the north side of the plaza.