Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Tuxtla Gutierrez,Mexico

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is a colonial city that blends tradition, modernity, and nature

About Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is located at the foot of Mount Mactumatzál. The origin of the city goes back to a small village founded by the Zoque indigenous group and it is currently the seat of the state government.

Symbol of Chiapas before the world, the Sumidero Canyon is a must-see attraction with walls that rise over 1,000 meters (3,280 ft) above the sea level. It is one of the most striking sceneries of Mexico. You can explore it by boat or from the viewpoints on the top. Other interesting places for those looking to be close to nature include Miguel Álvarez del Toro Zoo, also known as ZooMAT, exhibiting more than 250 endemic species; and Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden, featuring a Botanical Museum, herbarium, seed bank, and a garden center.

To learn more about the history and culture of the area you can visit the Eliseo Palacios Paleontology Museum, which exhibits up to 300 million year old fossils; the Marimba Museum presenting the history of this musical instrument, icon of the Chiapanecan culture; and the Zoque Museum, offering an approach to the representative ethnic groups of Chiapas; and the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History, that houses pieces found in the surroundings of Tuxtla.

A walk through the Historic Center leads to colonial-style buildings, highlighting the Cathedral of San Marcos, an impressive neoclassical building that has a tower with 48 bells that ring every hour at the same moment that 12 figurines representing the apostles march on a carillon. There are coffee shops in the area that offer the famous Chiapanecan coffee and from the place you can see the Christ of Chiapas, a 62-meter (203 ft) statue built on Mount Mactumaczál. There are also many stalls selling crafts made by indigenous groups, and jewelry made with amber.

With the construction of Centro de Convenciones y Polyforum Chiapas, with capacity for more than 3,500 spectators, and a wide range of hotels, Tuxtla Gutiérrez has become an important destination for conventions and congresses. This vibrant city offers a wide variety of modern services and hotels for all budgets and needs.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).