Which are the visiting hours at the museums, archaeological zones and natural parks?
Public museums usually work from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 hours up till 17:00 hours. They are closed on Mondays for maintenance. Private museums welcome visitors during the entire week.
The archaeological zones of Toniná, Chincultik, Izapa, Bonampak, Yaxchilán and Tenám Puente, are opened to visitors from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 hours up till 17:00 hours.
Regarding the Sumidero Canyon, it can be visited everyday from 9:00 hours up till 17:00 hours.
Will I have any problem in communicating with my country
by phone or the Internet?
There is a fair number of public phone booths in the urban zones
of the State of Chiapas
, from where you can easily
complete both national and international calls by using coins or
prepaid cards, besides the option of calling collect.
It is also possible to make phone calls from the hotels, though the rates are higher than at the public booths.
Regarding access to the Internet, there are numerous cyber cafés
with economic fees in the State of Chiapas
in the capital, Tuxla Gutierrez
. On the other hand,
ever more hotels offer this service to their guests.
Is it easy to drive in the State of Chiapas?
As is the case in most Mexican cities, drivers in the cities of Chiapas are not that fond of traffic rules, so you need to drive with both your eyes wide open.
You must also be extremely careful and aware when driving through the penetration roads leading to rural areas, because they present sudden and blind turns, and sections with just one lane. The conditions of the roads leave much to be desired, mainly during the rainy season.
What do I need to rent a car?
All you need is to show a credit card and a valid driver license
in order to rent a car in Tuxtla Gutierrez.
you are planning on visiting the Aztec capital during high season,
book a reservation in advance.
Check if you are covered by a valid insurance policy when renting a car, and be informed about its coverage if that is the case.
Where can I purchase handicrafts?
Handicraft fairs are pretty common in the towns of Chiapas
and they usually set their merchandise nearby the main plazas. Cheerful
and picturesque, they are ideal for purchasing basketworks, objects
made of clay, wooden pieces, textiles, typical costumes and jewellery,
amongst other artistic manifestations proper of the ancient cultures
of the state.
How should I behave when visiting the forest and the archaeological
Follow only the paths and trails opened for tourists while visiting
the forest of the State of Chiapas
; bear in mind
that you are in a natural area and that getting astray from the
signalised routes can bring more than one problem on you. Follow
the instructions and recommendations of the guide if you are travelling
in the company of one.
Regard the environment and the cultural value of the archaeological
zones with due respect. Do not make any inscription on the walls
and objects, do not drop litter on the trails and avoid doing anything
that might jeopardise the natural and historical patrimony of Chiapas