Attractions

Park in Villahermosa

Parque-Museo La Venta

This fascinating outdoor park, zoo and museum was created in 1958, when petroleum exploration threatened the highly important ancient Olmec settlement of La Venta in western Tabasco. Archaeologists moved the site’s …
Nature Reserve in Tabasco

Reserva de la Biosfera Pantanos de Centla

This 3030-sq-km biosphere reserve protects a good part of the wetlands around the lower reaches of two of Mexico’s biggest rivers, the Usumacinta and the Grijalva. These lakes, marshes, rivers, mangroves, savannas a…
Park in Tapijulapa

Villa Luz

The beautiful jungle park Villa Luz is a five-minute boat ride (two/three people round-trip M$70/100) along the Río Oxolotán from the village embarcadero (boat landing) – you may have to get local boys to whistle a …
in Tabasco

Yumká

This Tabascan safari park, 17km east of Villahermosa (4km past the airport), is hardly a Kenyan game drive, but the space and greenery do offer a break from the city. Yumká is divided into jungle, savanna and lake z…
Nature Reserve in Tabasco

Centro de Interpretación Uyotot-Ja

The reserve’s visitor center, the Centro de Interpretación Uyotot-Ja, or ‘Casa de Agua, ’ is 13km along the road to the town of Jonuta, beside the broad, winding Río Grijalva. Here a 20m-high observation tower overl…
Plantation in Comalcalco

Hacienda La Luz

Hacienda La Luz, one of several local plantations making chocolate from home-grown cacao, is just 300m from Comalcalco’s central Parque Juárez: walk 250m west along Calle Bosada to its end at Boulevard Rovirosa, tur…
Archaeological Site in Comalcalco

Comalcalco

Comalcalco was at its peak between AD 600 and 1000, when ruled by the Chontals. It remained an important center of commerce for several more centuries, trading in a cornucopia of pre-Hispanic luxury goods: cacao, sa…
in Tabasco

Ruins

Malpasito’s ruins are 600m (signposted) uphill from the village. Apart from the beautiful setting, what’s remarkable about this little-visited site, dating from AD 700–900, is its petroglyphs. More than 100 petrogly…
Museum in Villahermosa

Museo Regional de Antropología

Villahermosa's shiny, recently rebuilt regional anthropology museum holds some excellent exhibits on Olmec, Maya, Nahua and Zoque cultures in Tabasco – including Tortuguero #6, the infamous tablet solely responsible…
in Tabasco

Parque Eco-Arqueológico

Parque Eco-Arqueológico is a beautiful slice of jungle, rivers and waterfalls, with a rich variety of flora. The admission charge includes a guided walk of about two hours, and you can also rappel down a waterfall (…