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Chiapas Mexico

Chiapas is divided into 118 municipalities and its capital city is Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Other important population centers in Chiapas include San Cristobal de las Casas, Comitán, and Tapachula. Chiapas is just one of over 60 official online guides covering the whole of Mexico. If you´re planning a trip to Mexico and would like discover our fabulous nation before visiting or, if you´d like to visit a specific place in Mexico, then you´ve come to the right place. Located in Southwestern Mexico, it is the southernmost State of Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Tabasco to the north, Veracruz to the northwest and Oaxaca to the west. To the south the Pacific Ocean and to the east Chiapas borders Guatemala.

Overall, Chiapas has a humid, tropical climate. In the north, in the area bordering Tabasco, near Teapa, rainfall can average more than 3,000 mm (120 in) per year. Rainfall lessens moving towards the Pacific Ocean, but it is still abundant enough to allow the farming of bananas and many other tropical crops near Tapachula. On the several parallel “sierras” or mountain ranges running along the center of Chiapas, climate can be quite temperate and foggy, allowing the development of cloud forests like those of the Reserva de la Biosfera el Triunfo, home to a handful of Resplendent Quetzals and Horned Guans.

Chiapas Mayan Ruins

Chiapas Mayan ruins of Palenque

Chiapas is home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, and Chinkultic. It is also has one of the largest indigenous populations in the country with twelve federally recognized ethnicities. Chiapas is one of Mexico´s most popular places, visited by millions of people over the last decade. When you travel to Chiapas you may wish to check out the Chiapas hotels we have available or maybe you´d like to rent a car in Chiapas? We also offer extensive day trips in Chiapas. This unique place has simply amazing. We´ve also compiled a list of Travel books on Chiapas Mexico. Much of the state’s history is centered on the subjugation of these peoples with occasional rebellions. The last of these rebellions was the 1994 Zapatista uprising, which succeeded in obtaining new rights for indigenous people but also divided much of the indigenous peoples of the state.

Chiapas History

Chiapas Mexico ruins

The Chiapas name is derived from “Chiapan” or “Tepechiapan” the name of an indigenous population. The term is from Nahuatl and has been translated to mean “sage seed hill” and “water below the hill.” After the Spanish arrived, they established two cities called Chiapas de los Indios and Chiapas de los Españoles, with the name of Provincia de Chiapas for the area around the cities. The modern coat of arms shown above on this website was created by Chiapas painter Javier Vargas Ballinas.

Chiapas Tourism

San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas

At this time, tourism has become important in some areas of our state, especially in San Cristobal de las Casas and Palenque. Whether you are visiting Chiapas in Mexico for business, pleasure or both, we´re sure that Chiapas will meet all of your expectations and that the people of Chiapas will make you feel welcome while sampling some of the unique cuisine on offer in the Chiapas Restaurant districts. Its economy is important to Mexico as a whole as well, producing coffee, corn, cacao, tobacco, sugar, fruit, vegetable and honey for export. It is also a key state for the nation’s petrochemical and hydroelectric industries. A significant percentage of PEMEX’s drilling and refining is based in Chiapas and Tabasco, and fifty five percent Mexico’s hydroelectric energy is produced in Chiapas.

The Soconusco Region & Coffee

Soconusco Chiapas

The highest peak in Chiapas is the Tacaná Volcano at 4,800 meters above sea level. The Soconusco region encompasses a coastal plain and a mountain range with elevations of up to 2000 meters above sea levels paralleling the Pacific Coast. In accordance with an 1882 treaty, the dividing line between Mexico and Guatemala goes right over the summit of this volcano. The climate is tropical, with a number of rivers and evergreen forests in the mountains. This is Chiapas’ major coffee producing area, as it has the best soils and climate for coffee. It would become the first area to produce coffee, introduced by an Italian entrepreneur on the La Chacara farm. Mexico produces about 4 million sacks of green coffee each year, fifth in the world behind Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Coffee is cultivated on the slopes of these mountains mostly between 600 and 1200 meters. Most producers are small with plots of land under five hectares. From November to January, the annual crop is harvested and processed employing thousands of seasonal workers. Lately, a number of coffee haciendas have been developing tourism infrastructure as well allowing international visitors to learn about how the world’s most popular drink is derived.

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Mexico Travelucion

Chiapas is just one of the websites Travelucion operates and is part of over 800 travel websites for over 130 countries worldwide. Our Mexico Collection of 70+ websites covers Mexican States, Cities and towns, along with 10 Mexico special interest websites. If you are traveling to Mexico, our websites will assist you in finding the right Mexican destination to suite your tastes and provide you with invaluable information before traveling to Mexico.

Acapulco Travelucion

Acapulco is a city, municipality and major sea port in the state of Guerrero on the Pacific coast of Mexico, 300 kilometers (190 mi) southwest from Mexico City…Visit the official Acapulco travel Website

Aguascalientes Travelucion

Aguascalientes is the municipal seat for the municipality of the same name and, the Aguascalientes includes the metropolitan area which includes the municipality of Jesus María y San Francisco de los Romo…Visit the official Aguascalientes travel Website

Baja CaliforniaTravelucion

Baja California stands for “Lower California” it is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. Baja California is both the northernmost and westernmost state of Mexico…Visit the official Baja California travel Website

Baja California Sur Travelucion

Baja California Sur peninsula is bordered to the north by the state of Baja California and, to the west by the Pacific Ocean then to the east by the Gulf of California. The state has also shares maritime borders with Sonora and Sinaloa to the east from… Visit the official Baja California Sur travel Website

Campeche Travelucion

Campeche borders the states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo and Tabasco, with the country of Guatemala to the south, Belize to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The south border is the Petén department of Guatemala… Visit the official Campeche travel Website

Cancun Travelucion

Cancun is a major world-renowned tourist destination, as well as being the seat of the municipality of Benito Juárez. Cancun is located on the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the easternmost points in Mexico… Visit the official Cancun travel

Chihuahua travelucion

Chihuahua is located in Northwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sonora to the west, Sinaloa to the southwest, Durango to the south, and Coahuila to the east. To the north and northeast, it has a long line with the U.S.–Mexico border adjacent to the U.S. states of New Mexico and Texas…Visit the official Chihuahua travel Website

Coahuila Travelucion

Coahuila borders the Mexican states of Nuevo León to the east, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí to the south, and Durango and Chihuahua to the west. To the north, Coahuila accounts for a 512 kilometers (318 mi) stretch of the Mexico-United States border, adjacent to the U.S. state of Texas along the course of the Rio Grande… Visit the official Coahuila travel Website

Colima Travelucion

Colima is a small state located in the Western Mexico region on Mexico’s central Pacific coast. It shares borders with the states of Jalisco and Michoacán. In addition to the capital city of Colima, the state’s main cities include Manzanillo and Tecomán. Despite being the fourth smallest entity in Mexico… Visit the official Colima travel Website

Comondu Travelucion

Comondú is a municipality of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. This beautiful region is formed by old populations of missionary origin and it constitutes an oasis in the desert where small places of great natural and cultural richness arise. It is a very favorable area for developing alternative tourism… Visit the official Comondu travel Website

Cozumel Travelucion

The island of Cozumel is about 48 km (30 mi) long and 16 km (9.9 mi) wide, and is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. It is Mexico’s third-largest island, following Tiburon Island and Isla Angel de la Guarda. It lies some 10 km (6.2 mi) from the mainland, and 90 km (56 mi) south of Cancun… Visit the official Cozumel travel Website

Mexico DF Travelucion

Mexico DF was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 as Tenochtitlan, which was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan, and subsequently redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards. In 1524…Visit the official Mexico DF travel Website

Durango Travelucion

Durango is the fourth largest state in Mexico. The state is bordered to the north by Chihuahua, to the north-east by Coahuila, to the south-east by Zacatecas, to the south-west by Nayarit, and to the west by Sinaloa… Visit the official Durango travel Website

Ensenada Travelucion

Ensenada is a coastal city in Mexico, the third-largest in Baja California. Located 125 kilometers (78 mi) south of San Diego on the Baja California Peninsula, it is locally referred to as La Cenicienta del Pacífico, “The Cinderella of the Pacific”… Visit the official Ensenada travel Website

Guanajuato Travelucion

Guanajuato is located in the North-Central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Jalisco to the west, Zacatecas to the northwest, San Luis Potosí to the north, Querétaro to the east and Michoacán to the south. It covers an area of 30,608 km²… Visit the official Guanajuato travel Website

Guerrero Travelucion

The state of Guerrero was named after Vicente Guerrero, one of the most prominent leaders in the Mexican War of Independence and the second President of Mexico. It is the only Mexican state named after a president. The modern entity did not exist until 1849, when it was carved out of territories from the states of Mexico, Puebla and Michoacán… Visit the official Guerrero travel Website

Hidalgo Travelucion

Hidalgo is located in Eastern Mexico. Hidalgo is bordered by San Luis Potosí and Veracruz on the north, Puebla on the east, Tlaxcala and México on the south and Querétaro on the west… Visit the official Hidalgo travel Website

Huatulco Travelucion

Bahias de Huatulco is divided into four main districts. Tangolunda is the area where the large upscale resorts are located; Santa Cruz is a small town with the main marina and Santa Cruz beach; La Crucecita, is another small town just inland from the beach area which… Visit the official Huatulco travel Website

Ixtapa Travelucion

Ixtapa is a beach resort in the municipality of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, in the Mexican state of Guerrero. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) to the northwest of the municipal seat, Zihuatanejo, and some 245 km (152 mi) northwest of Acapulco… Visit the official Ixtapa travel Website

Jalisco Travelucion

Jalisco is one of the more important states in Mexico because of its natural resources as well as its history. Many of the characteristic traits of Mexican culture, particularly outside Mexico, are originally from Jalisco… Visit the official Jalisco travel Website

La Paz Travelucion

La Paz was founded by Hernán Cortés in 1535 and named Bay of Santa Cruz, though afterwards, the admiral Sebastián Vizcaíno baptized it as La Paz in 1596, currently the capital city of the state of Baja California Sur… Visit the official La Paz travel Website

Loreto Travelucion

Loreto is now a tourist resort, catering mostly to U.S. travelers, with daily flights from the U.S. state of California to Loreto International Airport. Many American tourists enjoy fishing in “pangas” for “dorado” Mahi-mahi or Dolphin Fish. Local restaurants will willingly prepare the daily catch of the tourists… Visit the official Loreto travel Website

Los Cabos Travelucion

Los Cabos is the tip of Baja California Sur. Wondering why they call it a dual destination? Part of the fun comes with exploring the region’s two dramatically distinct personas. Tranquil San Jose del Cabo retains the look and vibe of an authentic Mexican town… Visit the official Los Cabos travel Website

Manzanillo Travelucion

Manzanillo is well known internationally for deep-sea fishing and the green flash phenomenon during sunsets, as well as the warm waters of the ocean. The city is a destination resort and has many hotels and self-contained resorts, particularly built on the De Santiago peninsula… Visit the official Manzanillo travel Website

Mayakoba Travelucion

Mayakoba began as a vision; a dream inspired by its blue skies and its emerald beauty defining a ‘once in a lifetime destination in the Riviera Maya. A group of talented biologists, architects and designers persisted in the preservation of the flora and fauna of Mayakoba resort surrounded of sweet water lagoons… Visit the official Mayakoba travel Website

mazatlan travelucion

Mazatlan is a city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipio, known as the Mazatlan Municipality. Mazatlán was well regarded by film stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, John Huston, and others of their generation as a sport fishing Mecca… Visit the official Mazatlan travel Website

Merida Travelucion

Merida is a cultural center, featuring multiple museums, art galleries, restaurants, movie theatres and shops. Mérida retains an abundance of beautiful colonial buildings and is a vibrant cultural center with music… Visit the official Merida travel Website

Mexicali Travelucion

Mexicali is one of most racially diverse cities in all of Mexico. The biggest festival in the region, the Fiesta del Sol (Festival of the Sun) is held each year starting at the end of September and continuing through mid-October. Popular dances and music provide a festive… Visit the official Mexicali travel Website

Mexico city travelucion

Mexico City´s Centro Historico is where it all began. Historic city center that is focused around the Zócalo or Plaza de la Constitución. The Zocalo is the largest square in Latin America and the third largest in the world after Moscow’s Red Square and Beijing’s Tiananmen Square… Visit the official Mexico City travel Website

michoacan travelucion

Michoacan, formally Michoacán de Ocampo, its tourism board has divided the state into regions, mostly based on the major cities of Morelia, Uruapan, Lázaro Cárdenas, Patzcuaro, Zamora and Zitácuaro… Visit the official Michoacan travel Website

Morelos Travelucion

Morelos State of Mexico has rich cultural traditions and well preserved at museums across the state. Notable museums include the Museo Cuauhnahuac (the oldest civilian building in Mexico) as well as the Museo Robert Brady, named after an American art collector who fell in love with Cuernavaca in 1959… Visit the official Morelos travel Website

Mulege travelucion

Mulege is a beautiful oasis town located along the tranquil shores of the Sea of Cortez. This small town enjoys a typical mild Baja climate that many travelers find to be exactly what they are seeking. Many of the campgrounds and RV… Visit the official Mulege travel Website

Nayarit Travelucion

Nayarit is located in Western Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sinaloa to the northwest, Durango to the north, Zacatecas to the northeast and Jalisco to the south. Tourism is increasing and Nayarit’s coastline is still relatively undeveloped, enabling visitors to surf and swim on beautiful, un-crowded beaches… Visit the official Nayarit travel Website

Nuevo Leon Travelucion

Nuevo Leon ranks above all Latin American countries in the Human Development Index. With world leading companies such as Cemex, Bimbo, Maseca, Banorte, ALFA Ternium, i-service, Vitro SA, Coca-Cola, and Cervecería Sol, Tecate, Bohemia, Indio and Nochebuena are just but a few multinationals located in Nuevo Leon… Visit the official Nuevo Leon travel Website

Oaxaca Travelucion

Oaxaca is also incredibly important to Mexico’s food traditions being the birthplace of the “mole,” a very popular Mexican sauce that is used in many traditional cuisines. Culture and history are rich in the Oaxaca region. Ruins from the ancient tribes that used to inhabit the region are plentiful, as are museums that celebrate the history of the region… Visit the official Oaxaca travel Website

Playa Del Carmen Travelucion

Playa del Carmen is a city located along the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico. Locally known as just “Playa”, has undergone rapid development over the past few years with many new luxury residential condominium buildings, restaurants, boutiques and entertainment centers. Currently there are plans to develop over 10 luxury boutique hotels. World renowned chain restaurants including PF Changs, Hard Rock Cafe, Ruth’s Chris, the Cheesecake Factory a but just a few… Visit the official Playa del Carmen travel Website

Rosarito Travelucion

Rosarito, Baja California is located 20 minutes south of the border from San Diego, California, this proximity to the border and scenic location between the Pacific Ocean and coastal foothills, makes Rosarito Beach (or Playas de Rosarito) one of the leading resort towns in Baja California… Visit the official Rosarito travel Website

Puebla Travelucion

Puebla City and State, formally Puebla de los Ángeles, is one of the five most important Spanish colonial cities in Mexico. The historical and cultural value of Puebla’s architecture is a major reason the city was chosen as a World Heritage Site. Various styles and techniques such as Baroque, Renaissance and Classic are represented here in over 5,000 buildings… Visit the official Puebla travel Website

Puerto Vallarta Travelucion

Puerto Vallarta is a city and popular vacation resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Around its coastal bay lie beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many options for the adventurous travelers, while five star resorts, world-class shopping and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler. Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown… Visit the official Puerto Vallarta travel Website

Queretaro Travelucion

Queretaro is located in North-Central Mexico, in a region known as Bajío, bordered by the states of San Luis Potosí to the north, Guanajuato to the west, Hidalgo to the east, and Michoacán to the southwest. The Centro Histórico is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and includes the Cerro del Sangremal, crowned by the Convent of the Holy Cross and the flat area on the east that extends into the Cerro de las Campanas… Visit the official Queretaro travel Website

Quintana Roo Travelucion

Quintana Roo is located in Southeastern Mexico, on the Yucatán Peninsula, bordered by Campeche to the west. To the north, Quintana Roo borders the Gulf of Mexico and to the south, Belize and a small border with Guatemala. Quintana Roo is home of the world famous city of Cancun, the islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujeres, the towns of Bacalar, Playa del Carmen and Akumal, as well as the ancient Maya ruins of Chacchoben, Coba, Kohunlich, Muyil, Tulum, Xel-Há, and Xcaret… Visit the official Quintana Roo travel Website

Riviera Maya Travelucion

Riviera Maya or the Mayan Riviera, is a tourism destination following the coastal Highway 307 which parallels the Caribbean coastline of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, located on the eastern portion of the Yucatán Peninsula. Tourism started at the city of Playa del Carmen and ended at the village of Tulum, although the towns of Puerto Morelos situated to the north and between Playa del Carmen and Cancun as well as the town of Felipe Carrillo Puerto situated to the south of Tulum are both currently being promoted as part of the Riviera Maya tourist corridor… Visit the official Riviera Maya travel Website


San Luis Potosi stretches across the windswept, sun-baked plains of north central Mexico. It is one of Mexico’s most picturesque towns, whose central historic center features tiered esplanades, several handsome plazas, flower-filled parks, and an active cultural scene. Its importance in Mexican history spans four centuries of influence, making its capital city of the same name a fascinating destination… Visit the official San Luis Potosi travel Website


Sinaloa is located in Northwestern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Sonora to the north, Chihuahua and Durango to the east and Nayarit to the south. To the west, Sinaloa has a significant share of coastline on the Gulf of California… Visit the official Sinaloa travel Website

Sonora Travelucion

Sonora is a major tourist attraction due to its pristine beaches of; San Carlos, Puerto Peñasco, Bahía Kino, also the Gulf of Santa Clara in San Luis Río Colorado. San Carlos has a large variety of sea life off its shores, making it popular for sports fishing and scuba diving. One of its main attractions is the Playa de los Algodones, called such because its sand dunes look like cotton balls. Puerto Peñasco has no less than 110 kilometres (68 mi) of beaches, which have calm seas… Visit the official Sonora travel Website

Tabasco Travelucion

Tabasco is home to ancient Mayan empire called Comalcalco. The city’s architecture is unique among Mayan sites in that brick was used in place of stone. Comalcalco’s ruins include three large ceremonial complexes: the Grand Acropólis, the North Group and the East Acrópolis. Due to the prominence of the Olmec culture in Tabasco, the state dedicated a museum, the Parque-Museo La Venta, to the Olmec civilization… Visit the official Tabasco travel Website

Tamaulipas Travelucion

Tamaulipas is one-third the size of the state of Chihuahua and fifteen times larger than Morelos. The Tamaulipas International Festival is held each October, features cultural and artistic events that include exhibits, plays, concerts, and cinema. The Tampico Port in Tamaulipas is one of Mexico’s first exporting ports. While oil is the primary commodity exported from Tampico, it also ships silver, copper, lumber, wool, hemp… Visit the official Tamaulipas travel Website

Tecate Travelucion

Tecate is a small city in Baja California located on the border with California, United States in the San Diego and in Tijuana metropolitan area. There is a small port of entry between the cities that serves as a calmer alternative to the bustling port of Tijuana. The Tecate brewery is the centerpiece of the town and it stands out more than any other landmark in the city. They have been making beer here since 1943… Visit the official Tecate travel Website

Tijuana Travelucion

Tijuana´s skyline is the third largest in Mexico and is located in the Zona Rio and Playas de Tijuana. In the Zona Rio the buildings are concentrated on the Tijuana River parallel to the river and on the edges of the Tijuana Country Club. In Playas the high-rises are currently focused on the coast… Visit the official Tijuana travel Website

Tlaxcala Travelucion

Tlaxcala is Mexico’s smallest state, was once home to the ancient Olmeca and Xicalanca civilizations. Tlaxcala is home to three famous bullrings. The most famous being the Jorge “El Ranchero” Aguilar plaza, built in the 18th century in the heart of Tlaxcala City. Today it’s known for its farms and textile industries and tourism… Visit the official Tlaxcala travel Website

Veracruz Travelucion

Veracruz is located in Eastern Mexico, bordered by the states of Tamaulipas to the north, San Luis Potosí and Hidalgo to the west, Puebla to the southwest, Oaxaca and Chiapas to the south and Tabasco to the southeast. Veracruz continues to be a very important part of Mexico’s economy. The state is rich in natural resources and represents approximately 35 percent of Mexico’s water supply… Visit the official Veracruz travel Website

Xcaret Travelucion

Xcaret is a natural park that treasures the best of the traditions and culture of Mexico, a paradise that combines the natural beauty and cultural wealth of the country and the region. Located 45minutes from Cancun, Mexico, Riviera Maya, in Xcaret you will find underground rivers, natural pools and a myriad of attractions… Visit the Xcaret Park Website

xel-ha travelucion

Xelha is located south of the modern town of Playa del Carmen, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Xel-Ha is an ecological theme park or natural aquarium. Here you can swim with dolphins, see sea turtles, bicycle, snorkel, cliff-dive, and scuba. If you choose to scuba you will get to pet stingrays and see larger fish. This park is large, so bring good shoes to walk up river, you bag your dry belongings and they will be driven back to the main area… Visit the Xelha Park Website

Yucatan Travelucion

Yucatan is located in Southeastern Mexico, on the north part of the Yucatán Peninsula. It is bordered by the states of Campeche to the southwest, Quintana Roo to the northeast and the Gulf of Mexico lies off its north coast. Home to the restored Mayan ruins of Chichén Itzá and the Pyramid of Kukulcán… Visit the official Yucatan travel Website

zacatecas travelucion

Zacatecas Colonial Center contains many notable structures, including the Plaza de Armas or Main Square with its magnificent stone façade. The Palacio de Gobierno, the Residencia de Gobernadores and Palacio de la Mala Noche (Palace of the Bad Night) are also located in the Center… Visit the official Zacatecas travel Website

Zihuatanejo Travelucion

Zihuatanejo evolved from a quaint fishing village to a backpackers’ hotspot, to today’s incarnation of winding streets of galleries and folk art shops, small boutique hotels and palapa-style seafood restaurants serving the fresh catch of the day. Backpackers still holiday in Zihuatanejo, but share the experience with honeymooners, snorkelers, swimmers, and cultural travelers who appreciate “Zihua’s” laid-back vibe and postcard-worthy scenery of rocky cliffs, sand and sea… Visit the official Zihuatanejo travel Website