Top things to do in Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Plaza in Juchitán

Jardín Juárez

Jardín Juárez is the city's always interesting central square. In the busy market on its east side you’ll find locally made hammocks, isthmus women’s costumes, and maybe iguana on the comedor menus. The splendid 19t…
Cafeteria in Juchitán

La Inter

Suspend your judgment on this light, bright eating option. Inter might be part of a three-cafe chain and look a bit plastic on first impression, but it’s rich pickings in hot, steamy post-earthquake Juchitán, with p…
Mediterranean in Juchitán

La Tossta

With an upbeat, contemporary ambience and some creative recipe combinations (breaded shrimps with coconut; beef medallions in port sauce), this is quite a surprise in Juchitán and has continued to stay open since th…
Archaeological Site in Tehuantepec


This panoramic old hillside Zapotec stronghold was where King Cosijoeza fought off the Aztecs in 1496. It's 7km north of Hwy 190, from a turnoff just past Puente Las Tejas bridge 11km west of Tehuantepec. The last 2…
Historic Building in Tehuantepec

Ex Convento Rey Cosijopí

This former Dominican monastery, built in the 16th century, houses Tehuantepec’s Casa de la Cultura, where arts and crafts workshops and activities are held, though it was temporarily closed after the September 2017…
Mexican in Tehuantepec

Restaurante Scarú

Scarú occupies an 18th-century house with a scruffy patio made infinitely prettier by some striking typically Mexican murals. Sit beneath a fan, quaff a limonada and sample one of the varied dishes on offer. Seafood…
Seafood in Tehuantepec

Mariscos Silvia

The simplest of restaurants intended mainly for a local clientele, this seafood hole-in-the-wall next door to Hostal Emilia serves plentiful plates of prawns, oysters, octopus and other salt-of-the-sea specialties.
Arts Center in Juchitán

Lidxi Guendabiaani'

The fate of this old colonial house and the 16th-century San Vicente Ferrer church beside it were literally hanging in the balance at last visit. The church lost one tower in the September 2017 earthquake with the o…
Market in Tehuantepec


Tehuantepec’s dim indoor market is open daily on the west side of the plaza, and spills out into surrounding streets.