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Chiapas: nature, history, culture. It is an inescapable destination for daring travellers who are seeking new experiences: a tour across the forest, a visit to a community of natives, and an exploration through fascinating archaeological compounds, are just a few of the exciting journeys that can be lived in this corner of the Mexican forest.

-Miguel Alvarez Toro Zoo (ZOOMAT): it is one of the most spectacular zoos in South America, and its huge installations concentrate the biological richness of Chiapas, a region pounded by environmental depredation in so much that 90 percent of its fauna is on the brink of extinction.
The zoo, rather than a research, preservation and exhibition centre of flora and fauna species, resembles an exuberant virgin forest because many of the animals are in open spaces, and others in gigantic contained areas that are similar to their natural habitats.
This park, located in the southern area of the city and only 15 minutes away from the centre, houses 250 fauna species, besides 600 varieties of birds and more than 1000 types of butterflies. Amongst the animals calling the visitors attention we have jaguars, howler and spider monkeys, tapirs, badgers, deer, otters, turtles and crocodiles, along with the harpy eagle and the red macaw, both in an endangered situation.
It has a 139-hectare extension and is situated in the Zapotal, a forest zone in which the homonymous trees are abundant, besides the chicozapote and the cypress, amongst other species.
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  • There is a 2500-metre long path in the zoo for hikes, where visitors will enjoy the greenness and will be able to appreciate the animals. It also has a Nocturnal House, a construction hosting species that cannot stand the sunlight, and an interesting site exhibiting a weighty collection of samples of insects and spiders.

    -Regional Museum of Anthropology: it has two permanent exhibition rooms; the first one shows archaeological vestiges from the peoples that inhabited Chiapas, especially the Mayas, while the second one exhibits an interesting collection comprising from the arrival of the Spaniards (XVI century) up to the present time, with the objects of the colonial art in Chiapas standing out.
    This museum of modern lines, which also has a room for temporary exhibitions, was built between 1979 and 1982 by architect Juan Miramontes Nejera. It is located on Hombres Ilustres Drive, unnumbered, in Madero Park.

    -The House of Craftsmanship: the diverse expressions of popular art in Chiapas are exhibited in this space in which colour, shapes and texture hold sway. The textiles, ceramics, metalwork and basketworks stand out, along with the carved wooden objects, toys and beautiful filigree jewels.
    The house, located on Belisario Dominguez Boulevard, kilometre 1083, has an ethnographic museum that allows knowing the numerous native groups of the region, heirs of millenarian cultures. It opens Mondays through Saturdays from 9:00 hours up till 21:00 hours.

    -San Marcos Cathedral: it only keeps the apse from its colonial origins; the rest of its structure, built in the mid XVI century, has been totally remodelled. Nowadays the fašade has a whitish shade with a huge belfry carrying 48 bells. Its interior has only one nave with lateral chapels and a recently built altarpiece.

    -Garden of the Marimba Park: it is a resting place where families relax on the beautiful gardens, or kill time on its benches of colonial style. Marimba concerts are performed during the nights, sheltered by the place's warm illumination. This is an instrument typical of Chiapas made of pink sage with resonance tubes producing different musical ranges; its unmistakeable sound is always present on feasts and religious ceremonies. It was built in 1993.

    -Dr. Faustino Miranda Botanic Garden: it is a natural refuge on the banks of the Sabinal River, whose flora is 98 percent endemic of the state. It is more than 4 hectares wide and was inaugurated in 1949 by doctor of Spanish origin Faustino Miranda, author of the book Vegetation of Chiapas.
    Species in the garden are grouped according to their habitat, evolutionary relations and uses. Some endangered species such as the espada˝a, a flower in the shape of a sword, very old and resilient, stands out amongst the variety of trees, shrubs, orchids, and ornamental and medicinal plants.
    It is located northeast of the city.
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