Top things to do in Tabasco

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Comalcalco

Comalcalco

Surrounded by jungle trees and little visited by tourists, the small but impressive Maya ruins of ancient Comalcalco are the most westerly known Maya ruins. Architecturally they're unique due to many of the building…
Top Choice 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…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Tabasco

Centro de Interpretación Uyotot-Ja

The Reserva de la Biosfera Pantanos de Centla 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 …
Top Choice Mexican in Comalcalco

Cocina Chontal

Run by the larger than life, traditionally dressed Nelly Córdova, this delightful open-air restaurant specializes in rekindling half-forgotten traditional Tabasco dishes, including some from the Maya period. Think t…
Top Choice Seafood in Villahermosa

La Cevichería Tabasco

A stellar seafood place just over the river from the city center. With bright murals inside and out and a friendly neighbourhood vibe, this busy, and slightly chaotic, place serves seafood dishes that are so arty yo…
Top Choice Park in Villahermosa

Parque-Museo La Venta

This fascinating outdoor park 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 most …
Top Choice Ruins in Tabasco

Malpasito Ruins

The Maya ceremonial site of Malpasito is 600m (signposted) uphill from the village of the same name. Apart from the beautiful setting, what’s remarkable about this little-visited site, dating from AD 700 to 900, are…
Top Choice Pizza in Teapa

La Galería

An altar to Frida Kahlo presides over this uber-kitschy pizzeria 2½ blocks east of the plaza on Medina. The pizzas and pastas are excellent, and the dizzying array of old glamour stills, pastiche art and whatnot mak…
Archaeological Site in Tabasco

La Venta Archaeological Zone

Though most monuments from La Venta are at Villahermosa’s Parque-Museo La Venta, this ancient Olmec ceremonial site still fascinates as the largest and most important ‘capital’ of Mexico’s mother culture. La Venta f…
Plantation in Comalcalco

Hacienda La Luz

Hacienda La Luz, one of several local plantations making chocolate from home-grown cacao, offers informative guided tours (a basic tour is one hour, but longer and more detailed tours are available) round the beauti…