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Welcome to Chiapas in Mexico!

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.