Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Santiago Tuxtla

Museo de Sitio de Tres Zapotes

This museum, 21km west of Santiago Tuxtla, showcases important findings from the archaeological site of the same name, inhabited by the mysterious Olmec civilization for over 2000 years, from around 1200 BC to AD 10…
Top Choice Waterfall in San Andrés Tuxtla

Salto de Eyipantla

Twelve kilometers southeast of San Andrés, in the eponymous village, a 250-step staircase leads down to the absolutely spectacular Salto de Eyipantla, a 50m-high, 40m-wide waterfall. To avoid the steps (and a soakin…
Top Choice Ecoresort in Catemaco

Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga

On the northeast shore of the Laguna Catemaco, 8km from Catemaco, the well-established Reserva Ecológica de Nanciyaga preserves a small tract of rainforest. The grounds are replete with a temascal (traditional steam…
Beach in Costa de Oro

Playa Escondida

Traveling north, turn right off the main road onto a dirt road just before Balzapote village. Follow a gorgeous wreck of a road for 10 minutes to a moldering relic of a hotel. From there, you’ll find a path leading …
Museum in Santiago Tuxtla

Museo Tuxteco

This museum on Santiago Tuxtla's main plaza focuses on the pre-Columbian peoples that inhabited this region from 1600 BC to around AD 1200, with a particular emphasis on the Olmecs, Mexico's first known major civili…
Church in Catemaco

Basílica del Carmen

Catemaco’s main church was named a basilica (ie a church with special ceremonial rights) in 1961, due primarily to its position as a pilgrimage site for the Virgen del Carmen. It's said she appeared to a fisherman i…
Village in Costa de Oro

La Barra

The small fishing village of La Barra, with its pleasant beach overlooking the Laguna Sontecomapan, can be reached by a lancha from Sontecomapan (M$650 including a tour of the mangroves on the way), or via a bumpy s…
Village in Costa de Oro

Montepío

Some 39km from Catemaco, this village has several palapas offering grilled fish and seafood, along with fresh coconut water, and there's a beach here with calm, shallow waters where two rivers converge. The place is…
Lake in Reserva de la Biosfera Los Tuxtlas

Laguna Encantada

The ‘Enchanted Lagoon’ occupies a small volcanic crater 3.5km northeast of San Andrés in jungle-like terrain. A dirt road goes there, but no buses do. Some locals advise not walking by the lake alone as muggings hav…
Monument in Santiago Tuxtla

Olmec Head

Dominating the main plaza, this stone monolith is known as the ‘Cobata Head,’ after the estate where it was found. Thought to be a very late Olmec production, it’s the biggest known Olmec head, weighing in at 40 ton…