Chiapas is home to a large indigenous Mayan population, has an active volcano, has archaeological sites of great importance, a tropical forest, colonial towns and paradisiacal beaches, among other attractions. Sustainable and cultural tourism in Chiapas is intertwined and complemented to offer you and your family unique memories and amazing moments. Do not wait any longer, book now at the Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez, your door and starting point to the state of Chiapas.
Before entering the state of Chiapas, take advantage and enjoy all the cultural and ecological tourism offerings in its capital. Here you will find numerous places that preserve the cultural heritage and socio-cultural authenticity of the Zoque and Chiapas people which at the same time, show the evolution towards the city’s modernity. The Cathedral of San Marcos is characterized by a chime with 48 bells that ring every hour, accompanied by twelve apostles and a multimedia light show that seeks to maintain the cultural heritage of Chiapas. You will find the Marimba Museum in front of the Marimba Garden Park. The Marimba is indigenous to Chiapas and, therefore, is the iconic instrument of the region. The museum includes a marimbas production workshop and two audio libraries where you can listen to the work of famous marimba players. But like in a movie, you and your family can have fun with the giant marimba on the floor.
In the ecological reserve of El Zapotal is the Museum of Science and Technology of Chiapas where the exhibits revolve around three main themes, Universe & Earth, Life & Human Body, Communications & Tools. Reference is made to artificial intelligence, sustainable development and biotechnology, among others. In this ecological and recreational center there is also the Miguel Álvarez del Toro Regional Zoo (ZOOMAT), which only houses endemic and endangered species, such as quetzal, tapir, macaws, otters, spiders and jaguars, to name a few. We recommend you complement your trip with a visit to the Tuxtla Jaime Sabines Gutierrez Planetarium, which is designed like a movie theater. It is worth noting that observations of the stars are made in the Equinox Patio just like the ancient Mayans did.
The Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden Museum will show you 98% of the plant species in the region, including timber, trees, flowers and medicinal plants. Ask for the Lacandonia schismatica flower, which has the male organs in its center and the female ones surrounding it, contradicting all the other flowers in the world. Extraordinary! On the other hand, the Eliseo Palacios Paleontology Museum has more than 200 fossils dating between 300 million years and 10,000 years old.
Meet the Copoya delegation, a community that keeps the Zoque heritage alive, where you will find the Zoque Museum and where you can learn about the worldview, culture and history of this ethnic group. On your way to admire the Christ of Chiapas, you will see the “Mural City,” a project in which local, national and international artists make colorful murals of nature, culture and daily life on the walls of homes found on this route to promote identity, citizen participation and interaction.
As in all of Mexico, gastronomy is central to culture and tradition. We recommend the Tacos Casablanca, Tacos Ciro’s, Tacos and Gorditas Don Rafita and the Las Pichanchas Restaurant. Also, consider that in Chiapas, tourism is synonymous with ecology and natural heritage, respect for the culture and values of indigenous communities and income-generating opportunities for host communities is paramount. In summary, Chiapas implements sustainable tourism.
This ecological tourist park is demonstrative of sustainable and cultural tourism in Chiapas. Through the support of the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (CDI) of Mexico and its Alternative Tourism Program in Indigenous Areas (PTAZI), Las Nubes Chiapas allows indigenous communities, mainly of the Mam and Chol ethnic group, to receive income from the ecotourism of the Lacandona Jungle in the municipality of Maravilla Tenejapa, while respecting and protecting both the cultural and natural heritage.
In addition, seeking to protect the environment, the bathrooms at the Causas Verdes Ecotourism Center were equipped with organic waste digesters or biodigesters and solar cells were installed for the generation of electrical energy. Additionally, a culture of conservation is promoted through recycling rules and schedules when the lights are turned off. Fines are also imposed on those who break the establishment’s rules, which include rules to protect flora and fauna, such as avoiding plants or walking trails after certain hours. It is worth noting the center has wireless internet.
Come and see the natural wonders of Las Nubes Chiapas and support the indigenous communities. This ecological park offers countless activities and attractions for the whole family. If you like adventure and extreme tourism, you can go rafting on the Santo Domingo River. There is nothing more spectacular than entering the jungle at night, so be sure to participate in the jungle tour under the moonlight and discover the fauna and flora that blooms during the night.
The most popular tourist destination of this ecotourism initiative is the Las Nubes Waterfall. At sunrise and sunset, you can observe the spectacle of the swallows that live in the waterfall. The name of this waterfall is due to the effect created by the water’s fall along with the breeze which creates the illusion of being in the clouds. You will love the walk through this waterfall and, even more, the view. You will be amazed by the contrasts of colors between the green and blue hues of the water combined with the colors of the jungle. Photographs you take here will be among your most special and memorable. We recommend wearing a bathing suit, a cap, eco-friendly repellent, sunglasses, as well as comfortable clothes and shoes.
Declared Natural Heritage of Humanity by the Organization of Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and nominated as one of the natural wonders of the world, the Sumidero Canyon National Park combines history with the ecosystem. History tells us that, during the conquest, the natives preferred to launch themselves from the top of the ravine before being subjected to Spanish rule. You can visit by boat or by land. We recommend you stop at all viewpoints, including La Ceiba, La Coyota, Roblar, Tepehuaje and La Chiapa, and take all the photos you can. They don’t sell food inside the park, so we advise you bring something to eat, but remember to pick up your trash and don’t litter.
This imposing structure is the largest natural arch in the world. It dates back to more than 80 million years ago and measures almost 200 meters in height. You will find it in the Canyon of the La Venta River. To reach it, you must cross the Ocote Jungle for two days and descend by rappelling. In other words, it is an adventure for those who do not fear physical challenges. Rest assured that you will not see this landscape anywhere else.
Acropolis of Toniná
It means the “Stone House.” Pretty telling name when talking about the highest Mayan pyramid in the country. This archaeological site in the municipality of Ocosingo was discovered in 2009 and dates back 700 years. It has 7 levels and 260 steps, reaching 75 meters high.
San Cristóbal de las Casas
There are those who consider it the cultural heart of Chiapas and who think it is the most magical town of all. This is one of those towns that you can get to know by walking around without a guide; the important thing is to explore it and discover the surprises that destiny holds for you. However, if you are looking for suggestions, the ‘Andador Guadalupano’ is a very popular meeting point and the Museum of Mayan Medicine and the Amber Museum are key stops, as well as, the Temple and former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán and the Temple of Carmen. You will score all kinds of goodies at the Candy and Crafts Market. If you are looking for adventure, go to the Arcotete where you can climb and rappel. Finally, the Rancho Nuevo Grottos will give you the dose of nature you need.
El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve
Home of the Sierra Madre del Sur where you will find the forest of fog and tropical rainforest of Soconusco, which also seeks to protect the environment through sustainable tourism strategies. This is why only 60 people are allowed to climb to the core of the reserve per year. So, you must make your plans in advance if you are looking to make the trek to the top.
Its crater contains a yellow-green lake that amazes everyone who admires it. Phosphorescent is the word that will come to mind when you get to visit and witness this beautiful and remote spot of Chiapas.
Palenque National Park
It was the main ceremonial center of the Mayan civilization and its influence in other settlements is evident. It has more than 200 structures. We recommend The Palace, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Inscriptions among these Mayan ruins. King Pakal’s life and grave attracts a lot of attention, so make sure not to miss it.
As you can see, tourism in Chiapas is a source of culture and ecology, where you can fully enjoy a new type of vacation, focused on sustainable and cultural tourism to feed the mind and body. Come and get to know everything this impressive city has to offer.