Dominated by the volcanic Sierra Madre de Chiapas, Chiapas State is a rich agricultural region situated in the southern most corner of Mexico, bordering Guatemala to the east and the vast Pacific to the south-west.

This relatively unexplored state offers rich pickings, playing host to a broad range of natural environments, many colonial towns and villages, and areas of great historical interest. Such attractions include Lacondon; Mexico’s largest area of rainforest – also home to the pristine waters of Laguana Miramar, many ancient Mayan sites including Bonampak, Palenque & Yaxchilan, the dazzling falls of Agua Azul and the dizzying depths of Sumidero Canyon, to name but a few.

Chiapas’s myriad of wildlife is considerable too with spider monkeys, tapir, ocelot, jaguar, swamp crocodile, more than one thousand species of butterfly and hundreds of different birds including the harpy eagle and endangered red macaw, which, if lucky, can be observed leisurely by canoe along one of many rivers.

Also worth a visit is the lively state capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez, the beautiful bohemian town of San Cristobal de las Casas and the many indigenous villages of the Chiapas highlands - mainly of Mayan descent and each with their own unique style of costume.

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