Top things to do

Museum in Chiapa de Corzo

Centro Cultural

The Centro Cultural is home to an exposition of the wood and lino prints of talented Chiapa-born Franco Lázaro Gómez (1922–49) as well as the Museo de la Laca, which is dedicated to the local craft specialty: lacque…
Archaeological Site in Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Site

On a trade route between the Pacific and the Gulf, the sprawling Chiapa de Corzo settlement had close ties to neighboring Maya and Olmec cultures. At its peak, it counted about 200 structures, but was abandoned arou…
Chiapaneco in Chiapa de Corzo

Restaurant Los Corredores

Facing the southwest corner of the main plaza, Los Corredores does a bit of everything: good breakfasts, reasonably priced fish plates and a few local specialties including pepita con tasajo (beef with a spicy pumpk…
Chiapaneco in Chiapa de Corzo

Restaurant Jardines de Chiapa

Not too far from the main plaza, this large place is set around a garden patio with atmospheric brick columns. The long menu includes tasty cochinito al horno (oven-baked pork).
in Chiapa de Corzo


A cute Italian restaurant with a rustic old-world dining room and patio seating, D’Avellino serves fresh pastas and good pizza. It’s an easy five- to 10-minute stroll northwest of the plaza, along the main Tuxtla-bo…
International in Chiapa de Corzo


Doing a little bit of everything (and a very good job of it), this newish restaurant claims to be a steakhouse, but also has very good seafood and traditional dishes on offer. A few craft beers, a good wine list and…
Church in Chiapa de Corzo

Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

The large Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán, one block south of the main plaza, was built in the late 16th century by the Dominican order. Its adjoining convent is now the Centro Cultural, home to an exposition of t…
Cultural in Chiapa de Corzo

Fiesta Grande de Enero

Held for a week in mid-January, this is one of Mexico’s liveliest and most extraordinary festivals, including nightly dances involving cross-dressing young men, known as Las Chuntá. Women don the highly colorful, be…
Plaza in Chiapa de Corzo


Impressive arcades frame three sides of the plaza, and a beefy tree called La Pochota buckles the sidewalk with its centuries-old roots. Venerated by the indigenous people who founded the town, it’s the oldest ceiba…