Chiapas Mexico
Chiapas, a state in the southeast of Mexico, is full of contrasts. Its geographical and cultural diversity, complex history, natural richness and variety of ethnic groups make it one of the country´s most attractive tourist destinations.

Chiapas is virtually synonymous with nature. This green strip of Mexico contains one of the most complex biotic diversities in the country. It has mountain ranges, rivers, volcanoes, plains, canyons, waterfalls, lakes, cloud forests, coast and savannah. Much of its territory is considered a nature reserve, and supports an astonishing range of flora and fauna. Its attractions include archaeological sites, colonial cities, nature reserves, Indian communities, beaches and places for engaging in open-air sports and ecotourism.

It has two of the largest, most spectacular rivers in the country, the Grijalva and the Usumacinta.

 

A special feature of this coastal strip of the gulf comprising Tabasco, Veracruz and Chiapas is the fertility of its land, which still bears traces of what were once complex forests and green landscapes. No less interesting is the fact that it was the site of great civilizations, such as the Olmecs in the coastal region and the Mayans in the uneven territory of Chiapas, together with other major cultures such as the Huastecs and the Totonacs in Veracruz.

An important site in the history of Mexico and the gateway for the conquistador Hernán Cortés, the Gulf Coast has survived several battles, and is now being extensively developed due to the existence of a large industrial center as well as the fact that it is Mexico´s major oil producer.

The colorful landscape, ethnic groups, fiestas, traditions and food, form an intricate mosaic. Visitors are astonished to find that a single territory contains both great mountains, such as the Pico de Orizaba, at 5,747 m above sea level the highest peak in Mexico, and the lowlands of Veracruz, Tabasco and Chiapas, where the temperatures require one to wear light clothing.

San Cristobal de las Casas

Bonampak Archaeological zone
Cañon del Sumidero
Cascada de Agua Azul
Comitan
Chiapa de Corzo
Chincultik Archaeological zone 
El Aguacero
El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve
Izapa Archaeological zone
La Encrucijada
Montebello Lagoons
Palenque Archaeological zone
Paredon
San Cristobal de las Casas
San Juan Chamula
Tapachula
Tonina Archaeological zone
Tuxtla Gutierrez j Capital City

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