-Chiapa de Corzo:
it is a place loaded with history,
and its Mayan roots date back to the year 1400 BC, being one of
the oldest human settlements of this great culture. Centuries later,
in 1524, the Spaniards founded the first town of the region on this
Amongst its attractions we have the Temple of Santo Doming
an admirable religious construction of the XVI century; the Fountain
of the Plaza de Armas
, a beautiful fountain from the XVI
century that mimics the shape of the Spanish crown; the Museum
of the Lacquer
, which exhibits exquisite lacquered objects,
and the Archaeological Compound
, considered one
of the most important in the central zone of Chiapas, being the
the major historic vestige, standing out.
-Ponds of Berriozábal:
they are located in a creek
at 7 kilometres from Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of the State of Chiapas.
These refreshing natural ponds are formed by the current of the
Sabinal River and belong to the Municipality of Berriozábal, which
was founded as a hacienda by the chiefs of Chiapas of the Royal
Crown in 1598.
-Ocozocoautla de Espinoza: it is a discreet city located 26 kilometres away from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the State of Chiapas. The first half of its name is of Nohoa origins and means "forest of ocozotes", while the second half was added in honour of Luis Espinoza, a renowned Mexican revolutionary.
There is a series of places of interest on the surroundings of the city, such as:
San Cristóbal de las Casas:
- Pit or Pool of the Parrots: it is an abyss almost
100 metres deep with a diameter of 300 metres in which a dense
vegetation of copal - small trees of aromatic foliage - with
a population of thousands of parrots can be appreciated. Other
singular characteristic are the rock paintings on its walls,
with figures of warriors, animals and hands. It is located at
roughly 19 kilometres from Ocozocoautla.
- La Venta Canyon: it is a geological fault 75 kilometres
long that has been hollowed by the roaring waters of La Venta
River. It presents rocky walls up to 400 metres high, caves,
cascades and worrisome rapids that make it hard to navigate
on its waters, being necessary to be pretty skilful in order
to do so. The best season is from January to May. It is located
at 13 kilometres from Ocozocoautla.
- Belgium Lagoon Educational Park: it is an approximately
42-hectare wide natural area that shows a vegetation proper
of the upper forest, with bulky oaks, fruit trees, bushes and
other semitropical species, which have originated the presence
of a minor fauna, especially of birds. This is the only protected
zone declared Educational Park and its pedagogical ends are
oriented towards the teaching of natural sciences. It is located
at 17 kilometres from Ocozocoautla, and at a little over an
hour away from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital.
architectonic jewels of baroque,
plateresque and neoclassical styles, built between the XVI and XIX
centuries, adorn the streets of this city founded in 1528, which
was the capital of Chiapas until 1892, year in which this title
devolve upon Tuxtla Gutierrez, located at an 83 kilometre distance.
San Cristóbal is located in the Valley of Jovel, also known as the
upper Chiapas, in the central high plateau. Amongst its numerous
attractions, the Cathedral
, stuffed with multiple
artistic and architectonic details; the Church of Santo
, considered one of the best expressions of baroque
in Chiapas; and the Naa-Bolom or House of the Jaguar
a sort of museum, library and hotel, stand out. It is indispensable
to go to the public market on Saturdays, where the settlers of the
indigenous communities gather together in order to sell and barter
it is an ancient Mayan citadel with
temples and palaces of colossal dimensions that harmonise with the
exuberance of the forest in Chiapas. It is believed to have been
a sacred place that reached its peak of development around the year
600 AD. The Temple of the Inscriptions
, named like
this for its innumerable hieroglyphics drawn on its walls, and The
, the largest building in the archaeological compound,
jut out amongst its constructions.
In 1987 the Mayan citadel was declared Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. It is located at 284 kilometres from Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital, and at 7 kilometres from the plain Town of Palenque.