Welcome to Isthmus of Tehuantepec

Few travelers linger here, but if you do you’ll encounter a lively, friendly populace whose open and confident women take leading roles in business and government. Many fiestas feature the tirada de frutas, in which women climb on roofs and throw fruit on the men below!

Of the three main towns, isthmus culture is stronger in Tehuantepec and Juchitán than in Salina Cruz, which is dominated by its oil refinery. All three towns can be uncomfortable in the heat and humidity of the day, but evening breezes are deliciously refreshing.

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Isthmus of Tehuantepec in detail