With its central location and excellent transport links, the capital of Chiapas is the ideal starting point for exploring the region’s highlights, and whether you want to cruise through Mexico’s deepest canyon, discover ancient Mayan temples or visit the Highland villages, there are numerous tours from Tuxtla Gutierrez to choose from.
One of the easiest side trips from Tuxtla is the charming colonial town of Chiapa de Corzo, one of Mexico’s most popular “Pueblo Mágicos” (Magic Towns). The historic site is also the starting point for boat rides along the Grijalva River, passing beneath the dramatic cliffs of the Sumidero Canyon, which tower over 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) high and shelter an array of monkeys and birdlife.
Nature lovers will be equally at home on a trip to the Montebello Lakes National Park and El Chiflón waterfall, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve dotted with more than 50 lakes, where there are ample opportunities to hike or swim. Or why not head into the Chiapas Highlands around San Cristóbal de las Casas, where you can visit the indigenous villages and discover the unique cultures and traditions of Mexico’s native Tzotzil people?
Chiapas is also home to some of Mexico’s most famous Mayan sites, but if you only visit one, make it Palenque—an impressively preserved Mayan city and UNESCO World Heritage site hidden in the depths of the rainforest. It’s one of the furthest sites from the city, so make a day of it by booking a Chiapas combo tour and visiting the nearby Agua Azul and Misol-Ha waterfalls, where you can cool off with a swim beneath the falls.