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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…
Top Choice Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

La Mansión

Mixing classic white-tablecloth elegance with blue-and-red disco lighting, this upmarket restaurant, which is inside the Marriott Hotel, serves creative, sassy modern Mexican cuisine. Think tacos in a rainbow of col…
Top Choice Tacos in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Taquitos Casa Blanca

One of a number of earthy eateries around this neighbourhood, Taquitos Casa Blanca has made a name for itself for serving no-frills, filling, cheap and delicious tacos as well as rich cocoa pozole (these are somethi…
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…
Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Las Pichanchas

The food is tasty at this courtyard restaurant specializing in Chiapas food, but you're either going to love or loath the live marimba music and show of colorful traditional Chiapas dances put on each evening. Take …
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, …
Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Restaurante La Casona

Beyond the stately carved wooden doors is a dramatic tableclothed dining room with high ceilings and interior arches in a century-old building. Dine on regional dishes such as pollo juchi (fried chicken with pickled…
Mexican in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Cafetería del Parque

The wraparound windows make this one of the better people-watching eateries around the Jardín de la Marimba, and its garish pink-and-blue interior is elbow-to-elbow with families on the weekends. With good espresso,…
Pizza in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Florentina Pizza

Thin-crust, wood-fired pizza, washed down with craft beer in Tuxtla? Yep – this is the most frequently recommended pizzeria in town, for good reason. The atmosphere's just right, the colors are bright, prices are re…