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La Venta/Mexico

Introducing La Venta

Scattered with ancient ruins, Western Tabasco offers a fascinating insight into pre-Hispanic Mexico. The unique Maya settlement at Comalcalco, with its fabulous sculptures and buildings made of oyster shells, is a highlight, while La Venta's ancient Olmec ceremonial centre is the largest and most important 'capital' of Mexico's mother culture. Tucked away in the state's beautiful and mountainous far southwestern corner is the tiny village of Malpasito, home to mysterious ancient Zoque ruins. This little-visited site has some remarkable petroglyphs and is set against a glorious backdrop of jungle, rivers and waterfalls. For your dose of sun and surf, head north of ParaĆ­so, where you'll find wide, sandy beaches with warm, clean water.