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Introducing Villahermosa

This sprawling, flat, hot and humid city, with more than a quarter of Tabasco’s population, was never the ‘beautiful town’ its name implies. It’s settled on the winding Río Grijalva, but Villahermosa’s most attractive attribute became its worst enemy when the river burst its banks and engulfed the city in 2007.

Oil money has pumped modernity and commerce into some of the outer districts, where you’ll find glitzy malls, imposing public buildings and luxury hotels.