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 tree along the Río Grijalva. But the focal point of the plaza is La Pila (also called the Fuente Colonial), a handsome brick fountain completed in 1562 in Mudejar-Gothic style. It’s said to resemble the Spanish crown.

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Nearby Chiapas attractions

1. Centro Cultural

0.11 MILES

Not open at the time of research due to damage from the 2017 earthquake, when open, the Centro Cultural is home to the wood and lino prints of talented…

2. Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzmán

0.11 MILES

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 …

3. Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Site

0.95 MILES

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…

4. Zoológico Miguel Álvarez del Toro

5.25 MILES

Chiapas, with its huge range of natural environments, has the highest concentration of animal species in North America, including several varieties of big…

5. Centro de Convivencia Infantil


Parque Madero contains a children’s park, the Centro de Convivencia Infantil, with a minitrain, carnival games, pony rides and other diversions for the …

6. Museo Regional de Chiapas

6.92 MILES

The Museo Regional de Chiapas, an imposing modern building constructed in 1982, was under much-needed renovation at the time of research (it's a fabulous…

7. Jardín Botánico Dr Faustino Miranda

6.97 MILES

The lush oasis of the Jardín Botánico Dr Faustino Miranda is a gorgeous place to visit, as well as being a nice respite from the city heat. The collection…

8. Museo del Café


This small museum, housed inside an attractive colonial building, contains exhibits on the cultivation and processing of everyone's favorite bean. It's…