Walking & hiking in Chiapas
Chiapas offers to the visitor diverse destinies to know and to explore this wonderful natural territory; Waterfalls, magical towns, beaches, and jungles open their paths to welcome adventurous walkers willing to let themselves be surprised to step by step.
Miguel Álvarez del Toro Zoo
The only zoo in the world that counts exclusively, with flora and fauna endemic to the place.
It was founded by Eliseo Palacios, for the study and conservation of the regional fauna. It bears the name in honour of who was its director. It is located in the middle of a zone covered by medium forest, which provides a habitat similar to the original. The species exhibited there are examples of the regional fauna and in danger of extinction which makes this zoo the most important of its kind in the country; Quetzal, tapir, macaws, jaguars, spider monkey, peacock, otters, spiders, and insects are to mention some of the species found there. The visit to the ZooMAT is one of the greatest experiences of any trip through Chiapas.
The magical colours will captivate you during a 2 and a half hour tour where you will not only be able to observe the regional fauna but also rest and refresh yourself while enjoying the sound of nature. At night you can sharpen your senses in a guided tour, living a totally different night experience.
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For the pride of the people of Chiapas, ZooMAT is considered by experts to be one of the best in Latin America, not only because it is located within a natural reserve and has spaces that simulate the natural habitat of each species. Since its creation, it has been committed to Research, Conservation, Diffusion, and Environmental Education.
Tuesday to Sunday: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday closed to the public for maintenance to the enclosures.
Location: Located in Calzada Cerro Hueco s / n. on the Libramiento Sur of the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Things to do: Wildlife sighting, Flora sighting, Walking, Hiking, Photography, Research
Christ of Chiapas
Symbol of peace and unity among the Chiapanecos.
A monumental statue that stands on top of Mactumatza hill, in the ejido of Copoya, measures 62 meters (203 feet) surpassing other works in the world such as the Christ Redeemer of Brazil that measures 30 meters (98 feet).
Made with modern technology, stainless steel which will allow its maintenance to be more economical, when building it was taken into account the draft of the image that allows it not to resist the strong winds and reduce considerably the danger that they can knock down and a material less heavy than concrete, which reduces the weight on the ground, with the lights the Christ of Chiapas changes colour projecting a spectacular image becoming an attraction that can be observed from any point of the capital.
Things to do: Wildlife watching, Hiking, Mountain biking, Walking, Research, Religious tourism
Center of Chiapa de Corzo
Walk through one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Mexico and admire its Spanish-American colonial art.
La Pila is a building without paragon in the Spanish-American colonial art and the finishing touch of Hispano-Arabic art. Its unique design is not directly related to any Spanish prototype. The Pila served as a point of meeting of the inhabitants of the town. On an octagonal floor, a structure formed by a vault on pillars stopped by flying buttresses that reprint the number eight. Octagonal is also the curb located under the vault segmented by ribs.
The whole fountain is made of bricks, some cut in diamond points. The use of this material is what gives it a peculiar texture. Built in the best Mudejar tradition, it brings together, in great architectural harmony, elements derived from Muslim art (octagonal plan and brickwork), a dome of Renaissance inspiration and structural elements derived from Gothic, but it is an original building that did not copy structures. The version that was inspired by the crown of the kings of Spain is unfounded. The signs placed on the bins do not report reliably. The art critic Francisco de la Maza commented that "the great source of Chiapa de Corzo, alone, is worth a trip to Chiapas.
Besides its invaluable cultural heritage, Chiapa de Corzo offers its splendid landscape. One possibility is the tour of the Grijalva River to enter the Sumidero Canyon. Another is to ascend to El Chorreadero, 8 kilometres away to San Cristóbal, where a beautiful waterfall rises from a cave to form large natural pools among the vegetation.
Chiapa de Corzo is located 14 km from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, by the old road to San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Things to do: Flora watching, Walking, Buying crafts, Photography, Research, Boat rides, Museum
A very special place in the Highlands of Chiapas and in the world, for having one of the rarest types of vegetation.
This reserve is considered a very special place in the Highlands of Chiapas and in the world because it has one of the rarest and threatened types of vegetation. The climate is temperate sub-humid with rains in summer, with average annual temperatures between 12 and 14ºC in the low parts and between 1 and 12ºC in the high parts. The predominant types of vegetation are holm oak in the lower parts and the cloud forest, where it is common the presence of abundant epiphytic plants (bromeliads, ferns, and orchids).
In the reserve, there are more than 300 species of plants, some with healing, medicinal, or religious properties that have been used over many generations. Of the 84 species of resident birds, you can see the mountain Trogon, grey capulinero, Momoto Serrano, Clarín Jilguero, Hummingbird, Orejiblanco, Tecolote abetero and more than 40 migratory species that visit us every year, from Canada and the United States to stay here during the winter.
The mesophilic mountain forest or fog forest is located on the eastern slope of the Huitepec volcano, one of the highest mountains (2700 meters) of the Chiapaneca Central mountain range, it is at 16º 54 'west longitude, it has a latitudinal range between 2,200 and 2,540 meters above sea level, in Región II, Altos in the Municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The access is in km. 35 from the road to San Juan Chamula. You can take a collective transport to Chamula or Zinacantán in the municipal market of the city, which leaves us at the entrance of the Ecological Reserve.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Reserva Huitepec is located at kilometre 3.5 of the road to San Juan Chamula or Zinacantán.
Things to do: Birdwatching, Hiking, Research, Walking
Plaza de Armas in Chiapa de Corzo
Possessor of a Colonial Fountain, inheritance of the Spaniards.
Plaza de Armas Ángel Albino Corzo Castillejos, in honour of the illustrious native of this city. It consists of 17,000 square meters, surrounded by the Portals. Remodelled in 2005. In it is the Colonial Fountain, called by the locals "Pila" or "Pilona" also highlights the ancient Pochota (millenary tree symbol of respect, tradition, and legend for the Chiapacorceños).
Things to do: Photography, People watching
Plazuela de Santo Domingo
A mix of culture and tradition.
At the foot of one of the most beautiful Temples of the City for its magnificent Solomonic Baroque style façade, a large Artisan Market is located on its esplanade, where artisans of the region elaborate, exhibit and sell their products, or act as intermediaries of crafts from other regions. Suddenly you will be surprised to find yourself surrounded by amber jewellery, leather accessories, typical blanket clothes, textiles from the region and an endless number of handcrafted toys, made with Chiapanecas hearts and hands.
Things to do: Walking, Purchase crafts, Ethnographic tourism, Photography, Research, Gift shopping
Center of Tapachula
The pearl of Soconusco.
The peculiarity of Tapachula as an urban landscape, is given by the combination of its warm, humid and exuberant tropical physical environment with its history marked by the role of the city as the centre of an area dedicated to coffee growing, and in general to the tropical agriculture of plantation, and the fact of being the main city on the southern border of Mexico. Tapachula is, therefore, a space for cultural and social encounters and this is reflected in its architecture, the result of a social and economic process unparalleled in the country.
The constructions of Tapachula are the reflection of a cosmopolitan world gathered in a city of the tropics. The boom of the border city, centre of coffee plantations, is reflected in both public buildings and houses, particularly in the set built in the first half of the twentieth century, set that gives the city its particular personality , manifested both in the details linked to the art-deco, as in the iron balconies, the architecture in wood, or the color that mark the pilasters, the frames, the jambs of the simple popular architecture.
The main monument is the old municipal palace, that next to the parish San Agustín, forms the most characteristic picture of the city to the side of the Park Hidalgo, adorned with slender palms. The old municipal palace built in 1928, denotes the prosperity achieved by the city, is one of the most notable examples of the architectural heritage of Chiapas in the 20th century and is related to the art-deco style. In part of the building is the Archaeological Museum of Soconusco which has relevant pieces, among which stand the stelae of Izapa (Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
There's more to tour the traditional architecture of the city, visible in several buildings of the old Calle Real, today 8 avenue, and others as the vestiges of Figueroa Theater, the old Chinese consulate, the building known as "La Asegurada" with his neo-Aztec effigies, the chapels and tombs of the municipal pantheon, where the city offers several entertainment possibilities. Such is the case of its spas, the plantations of its surroundings, such as the Rancho Guadalupe banana plantation, or the Caimanes Zoo, a pioneer in Mexico that has more than a thousand specimens of these reptiles.
Miguel Hidalgo Park
Located between the Municipal Palace, the Temple of San Agustín and the new Municipal Palace, it is the main meeting place of the community.
It is a plaza decorated with wooded areas, where its typical palm trees, walkers, squares, colonial style benches and lanterns that at night give a special colour.
Parque Bicentenario, was created in order to have more areas where we can appreciate cultural events, as well as enjoy family moments in a quiet place and where the family can have a good time; the park has a fountain that the children have enjoyed very much, besides, a kiosk where you can listen to the Marimba that plays very traditional music of this region, this park was finished just at the beginning of this year, so those who know Tapachula and they have not come recently, this is one of the new attractions of this beautiful city.
Other places of interest
Cathedral of San José, Church of San Agustín, House of Culture (Old Municipal Palace), Theater of the city, Bullring "La Bien Pagá", Approximate capacity 5,000 spectators, Archaeological Zone Ruins of Izapa, Temple Light of the World, Municipal Palace (City Hall).
Things to do: Wildlife watching, Walking, Buying crafts, Research
The encounter of a Miscegenation.
Work that aims to combine the architecture of the colonial era of San Cristóbal de Las Casas with the modernity of the 21st century, integrating a visual harmony, creating a wide pedestrian avenue to enjoy a walk from Church to Church, which obliges us to travel through the old Ciudad del Valle de Jovel and enjoy its unbeatable climate and multi-ethnic coexistence that over the centuries has been strengthening, in addition to appreciating the richness of its Historic Monuments.
It is one of the main Tourist Walkers of the City, whose floor is designed around a symbol: the meeting of miscegenation, a Mayan carpet, between Holy Sunday and the Plaza de la Paz; and the Christian characters between the Arco del Carmen and the Plaza de la Paz itself.
Here are located the main monuments of the City such as the Arch of Carmen, House of Crafts, School of Law, Municipal Palace, Cathedral, Central Park, Zebadúa Theater, Church of the Virgin of Charity, Ex-convent of Santo Domingo; Likewise, it has sales services for crafts, jewelry, textiles, coffee shops, bars, cultural exhibitions, etc.
Ecological reserve and witness of the history of Chiapas.
The Moxviquil Training Center for Sustainability has an interpretive trail for walking, bird watching, camping, and environmental education activities for schools and visitors in general, it also has beautiful internal and external gardens, with nature trails and intense contact with nature. Calm and harmonious place, suitable for reflection, you can also visit the beautiful orchid garden
Location: North Periférico No. 4. Col. Ojo de Agua. C.P. 29220.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
It is located 2 km from the March 31 square in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas. You can take public transport that departs from the Municipal Market of the city. In Periferico Norte No. 4. Col. Ojo de Agua. C.P. 29220.
Center of Comitán de Domínguez
Cradle of the independence of Chiapas.
It is the heart of the tourist region of Los Llanos. Recognized for its traditional architecture of houses with roofs and neoclassical touches.
Born as a town of Indians established by the Dominicans, Comitán, the city of Rosario Castellanos and Dr. Belisario Domínguez, grew thanks to the haciendas and became one of the main cities of the colonial province. Within its regular line with streets of steep slopes, highlights its main square where stands the church of Santo Domingo of the sixteenth century.
Along with the temples of San Caralampio, El Calvario, San José, and San Sebastián are some of the elements of a rich monumental complex that also includes: the Belisario Domínguez Museum House, an example of the great mansions of the 19th century, the City Theater Junchavín and the cemetery with its old nineteenth-century tombs.
In Comitan you can follow the Independence Route following the steps of Fray Matías de Córdova or the Route of the Museums: the aforementioned Belisario Domínguez House Museum, the Hermila Domínguez de Castellanos Modern Art Museum, the House of Culture and the Archaeological Museum of Comitán.
Some of the most important sites of this modern and hospitable city are:
Church of Santo Domingo
Built between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The facade stands out for its neoclassical style and for its massive tower of cubic bodies that recall the Mudejar art; the interior is of a single floor to which two chapels were added in the Republican era and its main altar is marble, built in 1956 to mark the 400th anniversary of its founding.
Church of San Caralampio
Built in 1852, in honor of San Caralampio, a martyr who was a motive for devotion after the epidemic of cholera and smallpox that hit the population in the mid-nineteenth century. The celebration of San Caralampio is one of the most important of the community that, year after year, is celebrated from February 11 to 20 in the neighborhood of La Pila, with drum and chirimía music, tickets with flowers and masked children called " Little devils. "
House Museum Dr. Belisario Domínguez
This House Museum is the house where Dr. Belisario Domínguez was born and lived a great part of his life. Objects for personal use, medical instruments, and furniture, as well as personal and family correspondence, are displayed. The property has been restored and retains the architectural style of the time; his garden reproduces the same characteristic form of the last century and preserves the favorite plants of Don Belisario. The museum house includes 50 years of a life of this character, reflected in the objects and documents that are exhibited in its 10 rooms.
Art Museum "Hermilà Domínguez de Castellanos"
The museum promotes and exhibits plastic works, such as paintings and sculptures by artists from Chiapas and Spain. Among the pieces on display are pieces by Rufino Tamayo, José Luis Cuevas, José Guadalupe Posadas, Francisco Toledo, Ariel Mendoza, Luis Zárate, among others. The museum has three permanent exhibition halls and a temporary exhibition hall. It offers painting workshops, clay drawing and moulding, art talks, children's plastic arts workshops, concerts, conferences, art competitions, and editorial presentations. It hosts the annual Chiapaneco Plastic Art auction. Hermila Domínguez was the daughter of Dr Belisario Domínguez; Thanks to her, a large part of her father's objects are being exhibited in the Dr Belisario Domínguez Museum House.
Cultural Center "Rosario Castellanos"
Built in the thirties, in the same place that previously occupied the Dominican convent. Possessor of a mural whose author, Rafael Muñoz López, tells the comiteca story and the life of its most outstanding characters. It has a marimba workshop and another one of traditional textiles. Music room. Showroom. Within this beautiful space, you can also admire the Archaeological Museum of Comitán.
Causeway of Indigenous Cultures
A modern access road to important public spaces.
Modern access road to important public, administrative and educational spaces of the city, a tourist route that allows knowing the soul and the essence of Chiapas through 7 sculptures representative of the diverse living cultures of the State.
On the tour you can see: A Ceiba, a Chamula, a rabbit, a councilor mother with typical clothes from the municipality of Oxchuc, a traditional Tojolabal family, where the mother teaches the daughter to weave and the father carries a net with ears of corn, two women one from San Juan Chamula and one from Chenalò representing the Tzotzil ethnic group and finally a large sculpture of 6 meters where you will find the face of an indigenous woman in the centre of the earth accompanied by the Mayan man and diverse elements such as the head of an eagle, the mouth of a jaguar and a ball game; this last one called "I am Chiapas".
Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden Museum
The oldest garden in Mexico, located in the most central wooded area of the city.
The garden comprises 98% plant species of Chiapas from different areas of warm climate, the rest are plants adapted to the state. The visitor can know with certainty the scientific name, the family, the vulgar name, the habitat and the use of the plants due to the labels that each one of them has.
They include the areas of trees and shrubs of the high and medium jungles subperenifolias and subcaducifolias, trees and shrubs of the low deciduous forests, succulents and cacti, medicinal plants, ornamental plants, cycads, palmar of Mexican sabal and orchids, the visit to the garden It concludes with a stop at the Botanical Museum that has an exhibition of woods from Chiapas, including fossil woods.