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