Tuxtla Gutierrez is the capital of the beautiful state of Chiapas. This region was inhabited by the indomitable Chiapa indigenous people, who according to legend, preferred to move to the Sumidero Canyon rather than be subdued by the invaders.
Tuxtla Gutierrez Attractions
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, whose náhua name, Tuchtlán, means "place where rabbits abound", has many varied attractions, such as the Cathedral, whose façade exhibits a lion with wings, a symbol of San Marcos Evangelista, and whose bell tower has a wonderful carillon where, every hour, a procession of the twelve apostles takes place to the sound of a melody.
The Government Palace, a large and modern building where the powers of the State reside, is located near the main square, as well as the former Municipal Palace, a Mudejar style construction. In the city, there are several parks worth visiting such as the Oriente, the Joyyo Mayyu, and the Centro de Convivencia Infantil, among others.
Another very interesting place to visit is the Regional Museum of Chiapas, where visitors can learn about the historical development of the pre-Hispanic peoples and which has a rich collection of archaeological pieces, as well as colonial ethnographic and industrial art objects; the reproduction of the mural of the Battle of Bonampak and the Xoc Relief, an Olmec sculptural work, stand out in the Archaeological Museum.
You will also be pleased to visit the Botanical Museum, where a large number of medicinal plants have been gathered, whose traditional use has proven to be extremely wise, as well as a display of tropical plants.
Very close to Tuxtla is the Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo, one of the most exciting in the world, which houses a great variety of fauna, consisting of reptiles, mammals, birds, and fish that live in their natural habitat; also today endangered species such as the ocelot, jaguar, puma, wild boar, deer, a species of otter and a serpentarium with samples of the region.
Tuxtla Gutierrez Handicrafts
In Tuxtla Gutierrez you will find beautiful handicrafts, such as gold filigree jewelry and various pieces of precious metals; there are also numerous stores where you can buy the different artistic expressions of the rest of the state.
Surroundings of Tuxtla Gutiérrez
A few kilometers from Tuxtla Gutierrez is one of the most impressive attractions of the country: the Sumidero Canyon has declared a National Park in 1980. Today there are two ways to admire this Canyon: the first is a trip through its interior, in slices that can be taken at the Cahuaré or Chiapa de Corzo piers; the second is going up by road to an approximate height of 800m, where there is a viewpoint from which you can enjoy breathtaking views.
14km from the capital is Chiapa de Corzo, a picturesque town founded in 1528 by Diego de Mazariegos. This city has many interesting sites that you should not miss, such as "La Pila", a Mudejar style fountain, built-in 1562; the Ex-Dominican Convent, which in its original construction currently houses the Museum of Lacquer and whose temple has one of the first bells cast in New Spain.
A few meters away, the Capilla del Calvario was built on the hill of the same name; in its interior, there is a beautiful altarpiece from the end of the XV century. Also very close by is the Archaeological Zone of Chiapa, which we recommend you to visit.
From January 15 to 23 Chiapa de Corzo celebrates a colorful festival in honor of San Sebastian. Outstanding characters are "Los Parachicos", who wear multicolored wooden masks while dancing happily through the streets. The festival culminates with a "Naval Combat" in the Grijalva River in which today there is a profusion of fireworks.
In Acala, 55 km from Tuxtla, you can have fun adventuring in the Cueva del Relicario or swimming in the "Playas del Rio Grijalva" spa. Very close to Acala is La Angostura Dam, one of the largest in Mexico, where you can practice many water sports.
Ocozocoautla is 36 km away, one of the main centers of the Zoque culture, where you can find archaeological remains; nearby, you can enjoy El Aguacero, a beautiful waterfall, the Fosa de las Cotorras, and Laguna Bélgica.
Festivals and fairs in Tuxtla Gutierrez
Tuxtla Gutiérrez dresses up on April 25th, the day of the celebration of the patron saint San Marcos, with various shows. In December, the commercial, agricultural, livestock, and industrial fair is held, with exhibitions of artisan products from all over the state and with sports and cultural shows; this event is called "Feria Chiapas".
Gastronomy in Tuxtla Gutierrez
The productive richness and the heterogeneous ethnic composition of the State, which includes native and immigrant groups, both American, European, and Asian, give rise to the gastronomy of the State of Chiapas, which is rich in quality and diversity, such as the cochinito horneado, the sopa de fiesta, the chipilín con bolita, the canapé, the nacapitú, the chanfaina, and the huacasís caldú, as well as a great variety of tamales.
The typical sweets also enjoy great prestige; be sure to try the bananas en gloria, dulce de masa, watermelon candy, pickles, or corn cake, all accompanied with a tlaxcalate, cocoa water, a pozol de cacao, or a delicious corn pinole.
Services in Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Tuxtla Gutierrez has different types of lodging, for all kinds of budgets, as well as restaurants, banks, car rental companies, bus terminals, an airport, hospitals, information modules, and all that is required to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant stay.