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Mexico’s bustling southernmost city, the ‘Pearl of the Soconusco,’ doesn’t quite live up to its nickname, though it does have an interesting combination of urban sophistication and tropical tempo. The city is an important commercial center, not only for the Soconusco but also for cross-border trade with Guatemala.

A hot, humid and busy place year-round, Tapachula’s heart is the large, lively Parque Hidalgo, with vistas of the towering 4100m cone of Volcán Tacaná to the north on clear days. Most travelers simply pass through here on their way to or from Guatemala, but it makes a good base for a number of interesting nearby attractions.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Tapachula.