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How to Visit the Ruins and Jungles of Chiapas, Mexico's Southernmost State

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by Matador Creators Apr 5, 2023

Located in the southernmost part of Mexico, Chiapas is an often overlooked state by travelers. But with colonial-era cities and tropical jungles, it’s worth skipping the more popular resorts for this culture-filled region. Whether you’re looking for a stimulating urban environment, a deep dive into Mayan culture, or simply some peace and quiet in nature, Chiapas has something for every type of traveler.


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One of the most beautiful attractions in Chiapas is Sumidero Canyon National Park, where visitors can hike along the canyon walls or take a boat tour of the river below. The state also has two other national parks — El Triunfo and Lagunas de Montebello — as well as several smaller reserves. El Triunfo is home wide variety of flora and fauna, including jaguars, pumas, ocelots, monkeys, and more, while Montebello is known for its numerous crystal-clear lagoons surrounded by lush jungle. In addition to these parks, visitors can also explore some of the many smaller nature reserves in rural areas throughout the state.

For those more interested in history and architecture, visit San Cristobal de las Casas—a colonial city full of colorful buildings and cobblestone streets. The city dates back to the 16th century, when it was founded by Spanish conquistadors. It’s been home to many different cultures throughout its history including the Aztecs, Maya and Zapotecs. As such, there are plenty of places to visit that will give you a glimpse into the region’s past such as archaeological sites, museums and historical monuments. The capital city of Tuxtla Gutierrez also offers plenty of history and culture to discover, with beautiful colonial buildings such as San Cristobal Cathedral, and peaceful green spaces like Central Park.

When it comes to choosing where to stay in Chiapas, visitors have their choice of hotels ranging from budget-friendly inns all the way up to luxurious resorts with all the amenities imaginable. If you’re really looking for an upscale experience with all the bells and whistles, San Cristóbal de las Casas has several high-end hotels with all kinds of amenities, including spas and pools. On the flip side, backpackers can find more affordable accommodations throughout the region, such as hostels or camping sites near natural attractions like Sumidero Canyon or Palenque National Park.

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