Sections of Tuxtla Gutiérrez
AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION
ATTRACTIONS AND HISTORIC
ECOTOURISM AND OUTDOOR
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EVENTS
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Gutierrez, the state capital of Chiapas, is located in
southern Mexico, 85 km east of San Cristobal de las Casas.
The city has a pleasant semi-humid climate, with an average
year-round temperature of 23º C.
In the civic plaza you can marvel at some of the city’s most
important historic buildings, such as the Cathedral de San
Marcos and the Antiguo Palacio de Gobierno, both of which
are a blend of various architectural styles. You’ll also see
edifices that are a mix of neocolonial and contemporary
styles, such as the Centro de Convenciones and the Polyforum
Chiapas, which are among the region’s most important
cultural and live-entertainment venues.
Other cultural attractions include the Chiapas Regional
Museum and the Eliseo Palacios Aguilera Paleontology Museum,
where you can learn about Chiapas’ past and the rich natural
resources in the city’s surrounding areas.
In Tuxtla Gutierrez’s environs you can visit the Reserva de
El Ecote (El Ecote Reserve), the Faustino Miranda Botanical
Garden and the Miguel Alvarez del Toro Zoo, where you can
observe a wide variety of species from Chiapas’ jungle
Near the city you’ll find the town of Chiapa de Corzo, where
you can visit the ruins of an ancient Mayan ceremonial
center. There you also can set out to explore the impressive
Cañón del Sumidero (Sumidero Canyon), one of the nation’s
most important natural attractions. In addition, you can
visit the magnificent El Chorreadero waterfall, which has
gorgeous calcareous caverns and underground rivers. This
spot is ideal for outdoor recreational activities, such as
cave diving, climbing and rappelling.
Tuxtla Gutierrez is at present a city characterized by its
fast demographic growth; very hot seasons and strong winds,
and its neighborhoods festivities. Although it is a modern
city, many traditions survive as cuisine, legends, rites,
vernacular architecture, and its rich and varied vegetation.
Called Coyatoc by its
original Zoque inhabitants, it means "Place, House or Land
of Rabbits" -- this name was translated to náhuatl (the
Aztec language) as Tuchtlan. Tuxtla was elevated to city
status in 1829 and the suffix Gutierrez was added in 1848 in
honor of Joaquin Miguel Gutiérrez, a distinguished
federalist. In 1486 and 1505 the Aztecs invaded the area,
destroyed Coyatoc and named it Tuchtlan; later the Spaniards
adapted the name as Tuxtla. In 1748 it was called San Marcos
Tuxtla and in 1768 was the seat of the second mayor township
of Chiapas. In October 29, 1813 the Court of Cadis in Spain
elevated the town of Tuxtla to the level of Villa. On August
11, 1892 Tuxtla Gutierrez was declared as the seat of the
government of Chiapas and in 1892, then-governor Emilio
Rabasa made it the state capital by decree.
Its territorial extension is 412.4 sq. km and it is located
in the central part of the state at 550 meters (1,833 ft)
above sea level. The land is relatively flat due to the
slight decline towards the Sabinal River. On the north, it
is adjacent to the municipalities of San Fernando and
Usumacinta, on the east with the municipality of Chiapa de
Corzo, on the south with the municipality of Suchiapa and on
the west with the municipalities of Berriozabal and
Ocozocuautla. Its climate is hot and semi-humid with rains
in summer and at the beginning of autumn. This state capital
has 567,787 inhabitants, and lies 1080 km (648 miles) from
Mexico City. It is the center of commerce, finance and
politics of Chiapas.
Hotel Camino Real
A five star hotel with 210 rooms
Near Tuxtla Gutierrez
you can visit one of the most important archaeological zones
in Chiapas’ central region.
ARCHEOLOGICAL ZONE OF CHIAPA DE CORZO:
Located 17 km (10 mi) east of Tuxtla Gutierrez, off Highway
190. At this place you can explore the ruins of an ancient
Mayan ceremonial center that consists of a group of stone
platforms and terraced pyramids with dual temples at the top
of the structures that indicate their high level in the
administrative regime of the region. Open daily from 10:00
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Chiapas owns a great
diversity of handcrafts techniques. In La casa de las
artesanias different handcrafts made in Chiapas, like amber
items wood carving, fabrics, jarcieria, lapidary, iron
forged, pottery, crushed paper, lacquers, baskets can be
In Tuxtla Gutierrez you’ll find all kinds of crafts from
various regions in the state. Among the most notable items
are hammocks, hand-woven wool textiles, beautiful cotton
embroidery made in San Juan Chamula and Tila, ceramics made
in Suchiapa, toys and wood sculptures from Venustiano
Carrranza and San Cristobal de las Casas, and the famous
lacquered objects from Chiapa de Corzo. You also find a wide
offering of jewelry decorated with filigree and amber. You
can buy these products at the traditional marketplaces or at
Casa de las Artesanias on Blvd. Belisario Dominguez.
Casa de las Artesanias (Craftsmen's House): Located
on the west side of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, on the Belisario
Domínguez Boulevard, Chiapas local crafts are sold here and
there is also an ethnographic museum with scenes of the
different ethnic groups within the state.
FESTIVALS AND TRADITIONS
Chiapas is tradition,
folklore, dance and overall the marimba music, in the many
fairs and festivities throughout the year, on behalf of
Patron Saint on April, the San Marcos Fair and sports and
cultural events, night processions, cutting twigs to adorned
leaves for sweets and fruits.
January 1, New Year's Festivities,
celebration of masses, parades and fireworks.
Holy Week (March or April), processions
and celebration of masses throughout the state. In some
towns, the Burning of Judas ritual takes place -
represented by paper-maché figures and cartoons of
historical or contemporary personalities.
Among the most traditional and important
celebrations that take place in Tuxtla Gutierrez is the
Fiesta de San Marcos, during which the saint’s followers
participate in pilgrimages, make offerings and light
fireworks over a four-day period, beginning on April 25.
August 16 to 25, the Saint Roque
religious festivities for the patron saint in the parish
of the same name, with mechanical rides, crafts and
September 16 is National Independence
Day, celebrated with the Mayor or Governor presiding
over the traditional ceremony of "El Grito" (the Shout
In October the Pan-American Race that
starts in Tuxtla Gutierrez. The automobile exhibition
takes place in the fair’s facilities, and an automobile
parade. The race ends in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
November 1 and 2 are All Saints Day and
Day of the Dead. Offerings are placed at the graves of
the deceased to welcome and summon their souls, which
are believed to return during these days. The offerings
include traditional meals placed on altars inside the
houses along with candles and flowers, or at the graves
where families spend the day praying.
The Chiapas fair takes place at the
beginning of December, with bullfights, horse races,
motocross, cocks fights, artists’ performances,
mechanical games, dogs’ exhibition, cattle exhibitions,
handcrafts market, industrial and commercial expos.
December 12 is the festival of the Patron
Saint of all Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe celebrated
with special masses, serenades and pilgrimages.
It is impossible to
talk about Chiapas gastronomy in a general way, since it
varies from place to place. Most establishments offer
traditional dishes, a mix of two cultures, Indian and
In Tuxtla Gutierrez you can try delicious dishes prepared
with various ingredients and seasonings, such as sopa de pan
(bread soup) and pasta with olives, raisins, prunes,
hard-boiled egg and almonds. Other local favorites include
cochito (marinated pork), chanfaina estilo soconusco (lamb
organs served with rice), chicharrones con patashete (pork
rinds with tepary beans), and the traditional tamales with
chipilin leaves. To wash it down we recommend you try the
pozol (a fermented corn beverage often prepared with cocoa)
or a refreshing tascalate (a chocolate drink). As for
dessert, you can indulge in coyol con dulce (coyol sweets),
wafers made with egg whites, amaranth puxinu, and caramel,
guava, bottle gourd, pumpkin seed and peanut sweets
In Tuxtla Gutierrez
you can visit interesting museums where you can learn about
the cultural and historical development of Chiapas, as well
as natural history in the Mayan region.
Museo Regional de Chiapas (Chiapas Regional Museum):
Located on the north-east side of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. It was
built by architect Abraham Zabludovski and inaugurated
in1984. It is part of a cultural and recreation center that
includes the Botanical Garden, The City's Theatre, a
Children's Center and Family Recreation Center. Inside the
museum there are exhibits of the archaeological pieces found
exclusively in the state of Chiapas. It has two permanent
exhibition halls: the first dedicated to the Pre-Hispanic
towns of Chiapas, containing a very valuable collection of
archaeological pieces, the second dedicated to the history,
art and ethnography of the 15th century with an important
collection of colonial art. A third hall is devoted to
temporary exhibitions of different types. Open Tuesday
through Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00.
Eliseo Palacios Aguilera Paleontology Museum: Located
in the Parque Madero, on Calzada de los Hombres Ilustres.
This museum has some 8,000 pre-historic fossils on display
as well as reproductions of plant and animal species that
flourished during the Mayan era. This museum helps to
understand the present natural richness of Chiapas, showing
the patterns of plants and animals evolution during the
different geological stage through exhibition places. Open
Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and weekends from
11:00 to 16:00.
Tuxtla Gutierrez has
several shopping centers such as Galerías Boulevard, Plaza
Crystal and Plaza Santa Elena, which are located on Blvd.
Belisario Dominguez. There you’ll find numerous stores
selling clothes, shoes, souvenirs and much more. During your
stay you can also visit the Casa de las Artesanias, on Blvd.
Belisario Dominguez, where you can purchase all kinds of
crafts, textiles, toys and amber pieces.
AMUSEMENT AND RECREATION
In Tuxtla Gutierrez
you’ll find numerous places to enjoy the folklore and joy
that characterizes the inhabitants of Chiapas.
Parque de la Marimba (La Marimba Garden and Park):
Located on Av. Central Poniente and 8a Calle Poniente Norte
126. The park is named after the characteristic musical
instrument of the state of Chiapas. At the central kiosk
every night, there are serenades with marimbas from
different municipalities. The joyful music will make you
want to dance.
Miguel Alvarez del Toro Regional Zoo: The zoo is
located inside a natural reserve zone called El Zapotal 5 km
(3 miles) from Tuxtla's city center. Species of local fauna
are exhibited, preserved, protected and studied in an
ambiance similar to their natural habitat. This zoo is
considered one of the best in the world of its kind. Its
facilities are within a small jungle, crossed by small
rivers. There is also a multimedia auditorium, library, an
ecology-orientation area, coffee shop, dining room and
picnic area. It covers 109 hectares (240 acres) and derives
its name from the man who was its director from 1942 to1996,
the year in which he died. Alvarez de Toro also was
responsible for important studies on the flora and fauna of
Chiapas. . The zoo also has special areas where you can
observe nocturnal species. Open Tuesday through Sunday from
08:00 to 16:00.
Parque Joyyo Mayu: Located on Prolongacion
Libramiento Poniente Norte. This is one of Tuxtla
Gutierrez’s most beautiful parks. It has lush vegetation and
several manmade lakes. Open daily from 08:00 to 18:00.
ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EVENTS
In Tuxtla Gutierrez
you can enjoy the exciting experience of witnessing the
city’s most traditional sporting and cultural events.
Feria de Chiapas (Chiapas Fair): Held in December,
this fair draws the state’s main agricultural producers,
farmers, artisans and industry leaders. Among the events you
can see here are bullfights, horse races, cockfights and
diverse cultural performances.
Maraton de Natacion (Swimming Marathon): This
sporting event takes place in March. It draws national and
international competitors who swim a 21-km (13 mi) marathon
in the Sumidero Canyon.
Teatro de la Ciudad Emilio Rabasa (City Theater):
Located on Calzada de los Hombres Ilustres and 5a Avenida
Norte Oriente. This magnificent theater holds 1,185
spectators. It offers excellent services for visitors and
performers alike, such as dressing rooms and various
rehearsal spaces. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 to
Centro de Convenciones y Polyforum Chiapas: Located
between Calzada Andres Serra Rojas and Libramiento Norte.
This is the only place in Mexico’s southeastern region that
combines a large live-entertainment venue with a convention
center. The convention center can accommodate up to 1,500
visitors, while the venue, which has top-notch lighting and
sound systems, holds 3,875 spectators
Amusement is not only
limited to visit the city attractions, but also enjoy this
magic city famous environment; here the visitor can drink a
glass of wine in a trova environment, or a sophisticated
discos music or salsa, Reggae or techno music; all of these
can be found in the city center. There are a different kind
of bars and discos. For a pleasant night out we recommend
that you visit the traditional parks where you can listen to
the sounds of the marimba while you dance the night away. If
you’re looking for more contemporary music or prefer to grab
some drinks with friends, you can visit the bars in the city
MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS
and Convention Center: It is a group of areas and halls
that function for the realization of different civic,
tourist or commercial events. It has the modern
infrastructure to host conventions, symposiums and events
that companies or organizations may plan. It is located
between two main avenues on the eastern side of town. Its
main objective is to host national or international events
and through these publicize its image and presence for
Polyforum Auditorium: The Polyforum Auditorium has
been designed to host spectacles with high technical
complexity, with a seating capacity of 3,875 spectators. The
architectural structure is designed on three different
levels. The first and second level are preferred seating. In
each spectacle, the seating capacity may vary based on the
characteristics of the event. There are comfortable and
functional backstage quarters to help the artists perform
under the best conditions. The forum has all the necessary
equipment for the realization of complex and sophisticated
events: A covered foyer that is a continuation of the access
plaza, where the public accesses the hall via ramps and
stairs. It has garden areas, stands for food concessions, or
souvenirs, and washrooms.
Convention Center: Considered one of the best
facilities in the state, the Convention Center offers one
auditorium for a hundred people, two large meeting rooms, an
ample area for exhibitions and a multiple-uses hall, with a
capacity for 1500 conventioneers. All these facilities come
with services to carry out national or international events.
This complex is of the best in its type to help conventions
to be successful on all levels.
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