Attractions

Top Choice Zoo in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Zoológico Miguel Álvarez del Toro

Chiapas, with its huge range of natural environments, has the highest concentration of animal species in North America, including several varieties of big cat, 1200 butterfly species and more than 600 birds. About 1…
Top Choice Plaza in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Jardín de la Marimba

To take your paseo (stroll) with the locals, stop by this leafy plaza in the evening. It’s eight blocks west of Plaza Cívica, and the whole city seems to turn out here for the free nightly marimba concerts (6pm to 9…
Canyon in Chiapa de Corzo

Cañón del Sumidero

The Sumidero Canyon is a spectacular fissure in the earth, found north of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. In 1981 the Chicoasén hydroelectric dam was completed at its northern end, damming the Río Grijalva, which flows through th…
Cenote in Tuxtla Gutiérrez Region

Sima de las Cotorras

The Sima de las Cotorras is a dramatic 160m-wide sinkhole that punches 140m down into the earth into a crater thick with rain forest. At sunrise, a green cloud of screeching parrots spirals out for the day, tricklin…
Waterfall in Tuxtla Gutiérrez Region

El Aguacero

Plunging into the sheer Río La Venta canyon, El Aguacero is a gorgeous series of frothy stairsteps that tumble and spray. In drier months (usually December through May), you can stroll along sandy riverbed beaches t…
Archaeological Site in Chiapa de Corzo

Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Site

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 peak, it counted about 200 structures, but was abandoned arou…
Park in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Parque Madero

The park’s Museo Regional de Chiapas, an imposing modern building, has a sampling of lesser archaeological pieces from Chiapas’ many sites, and a slightly more interesting history section, running from the Spanish c…
Plaza in Chiapa de Corzo

Plaza

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…
Museum in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Museo del Café

Operated by the state government, this small museum, housed inside an attractive colonial building, contains exhibits on the cultivation and processing of everyone's favorite bean. Descriptions are in Spanish only, …
Museum in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Museo de la Marimba

On the Jardín de la Marimba, this small museum showcases 100 years of this ubiquitous instrument, with both antique and modern models on display and a photo exhibition of the most revered marimba performers.