Top 8 Things to Do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez + Day Trips (Photos and Itinerary Included)

> January 25, 2023
Top 8 Things to Do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez + Day Trips (Photos and Itinerary Included)

Get ready for an action-packed trip to Tuxtla Gutiérrez! You will test your limits, see the most beautiful place in Mexico, try exceptional dishes, and depart full of memories. We prepared a step-by-step guide to show you what to do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez to enjoy it to the fullest—including photos, detailed itinerary, opening hours and other useful stuff. Let’s dig into it!

First, let’s start with the itinerary. Then we’ll move on to the locations and their wonders.

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Tuxtla step-by-step ITINERARY

You may stay for a week in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, but in this case, less is more. It’s best to plan two days in Tuxtla. Tuxtla Gutiérrez is located in the state of Chiapas—check my itinerary so you can travel it all!

Day one: Morning

Let’s start with Tuxtla Gutiérrez sightseeing.

1. The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History of Chiapas

  • Address: Regional Museum of Chiapas, Hombres Ilustres, de la Revolución Mexicana 885, Centro, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM, closed on Mondays
  • Price: 41 pesos (2 US dollars), free on Sundays

2. Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden

  • Address: Jardín Botánico Faustino Miranda, Av, 5a. Avenida Nte. Ote. s/n, Parque Madero, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 8 AM – 4 PM, closed on Mondays and weekends
  • Price: 10 pesos (0.5 US dollar), free on Tuesdays

3. The Museum of Coffee

  • Address: Museo del Café de Chiapas, Calle 2a. Ote. Nte. 236, San Marcos, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, closed on Tuesdays
  • Price: 25 pesos (1.3 US dollar)

4. St. Mark’s Cathedral

  • Address: Catedral de San Marcos, Av. Central Ote., Centro, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico

5. The Museum of Marimba

  • Address: Museo de la Marimba, Calle Novena Pte. Sur S/N, El Cerrito, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 10 AM – 9 PM daily
  • Price: 30 pesos (1.5 US dollar)

6. Lunch in Las Pichanchas

Tuxtla Gutiérrez sightseeing map, Mexico

Here are the highlights!

  • Address: Restaurante Las Pichanchas, Av. Central Ote. 837, Asamblea de barrio, Zona Sin Asignación de Nombre de Col 42, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 12 – 10 PM
  • Price: approximately 200–500 pesos (10–25 US dollars) per person

This tour starts and ends near the same place: The Regional Museum of Anthropology and History. I recommend parking there.

Day one: Afternoon/evening

Tuxtla Gutiérrez trip to Sima de las Cotorras map, Mexico

Check on the map how to get to Sima de la Cotorra

In the afternoon, let’s take a trip to Sima de las Cotorras. The best time to observe the parrots is just before dusk.

  • Address: SIMA DE LAS COTORRAS-ECO PARQUE, Piedra Parada, Chiapas, México
  • Opening hours: 5:30 AM – 7 PM daily
  • Price: 20 pesos (1 US dollar)

Mariott Tuxtla Gutiérrez Hotel in Mexico

Mariott Tuxtla Gutiérez Hotel: The most beautiful atrium I’ve ever seen!

Hotel tip for Tuxtla Gutiérrez: We enjoyed our stay at Mariott Tuxtla Gutiérrez Hotel. Great location, nice personnel, gym, pool, and tasty breakfast—what else could you wish for?  

Prices start at 55 USD per night for 2 people. 

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Day two: Morning

Tuxtla Gutiérrez trip to Sumidero Canyon map, Mexico

Let's go to Sumidero Canyon!

Get ready for Sumidero Canyon!

1. Boat trip (ca. 3 hours)

  • Address of the embark point: Capitán Vicente López 7, San Jacinto, 29160 Chiapa de Corzo, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: The boats set off between 8 AM and 3 PM
  • Price: cca 500 pesos (25 US dollars)

2. Miradors (ca. 2 hours)

  • Address: Al Sumidero road
  • Opening hours: 8 AM – 5 PM, closed on Tuesdays
  • Price: 34 pesos (1.7 US dollar), free with the wristband (The entrance fee to Sumidero Canyon National Park is included in the price of the boat trip—you will get a wristband that serves as proof you paid. Don’t take it off—you’ll need it at the miradors.)

Day two: Afternoon/evening

1. Cascada El Aguacero (cca 5 hours)

  • Address: Centro Turístico El Aguacero, Chiapas, Mexico
  • Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM daily
  • Price: 50 pesos (2.5 US dollars)

2. Dinner in Cafe Bar 500 Noches

  • Address: Café Bar 500 Noches Tuxtla, Plaza DORADA, Boulevard Belisario Domínguez, Santa Elena, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chis., Mexico
  • Opening hours: 8 AM – 1 AM daily
  • Price: approximately between 100 and 260 pesos (5 and 13 US dollars) per person

1. Sumidero Canyon (trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez)

Visiting Sumidero Canyon is the best thing to do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Sumidero Canyon

Our to-do list for Tuxtla Gutiérrez included a half-day boat trip in Canyon Sumidero National Park. Armed with a camera in one hand and a boat ticket in the other, I embarked on the boat setting off from Chiapa De Corzo. I didn’t know yet that Canyon Sumidero would be the absolute highlight of our journey. I loved it so much I’ve written a separate article about it. 

Canyon Sumidero is definitely number one of all the things to do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez. It’s a river surrounded by 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) high walls, welcoming you with rapids, waterfalls, caves, rock formations…

Canyon Sumidero is the most beautiful place in Mexico. Change my mind - meme

The canyon is accessible by boat, by car, or on foot. Depending on the option you choose, the starting point of the trip is in Chiapa De Corzo (by boat), or in Tuxtla Gutiérrez (the road to the miradors—watchtowers—starts there). The entrance fee is 34 pesos (1.7 US dollars) and the boat trip costs around 500 pesos (30 US dollars) per person.

I share a bag of tricks on how to enjoy Sumidero Canyon to the fullest. Read them in a separate article.

Hotel Hilton Garden Inn, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico

@ Hotel Hilton Garden Inn Tuxtla Gutierrez

Hotel tip: Less than an hour by car from Sumidero Canyon there is a Hotel Hilton Garden Inn. It has a great pool, cozy rooms, and look at that fancy breakfast! 

The prices range from USD 58 per night for two people. 

2. Cascada El Aguacero (trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez)

Visiting Cascada El Aguacero is one of top 8 things to do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Me and Karin visiting El Aguacero with all the trimmings

The visit of El Aguacero is one of the best activities to do around Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Why? It includes a hike, bathing in the river, and a roaring waterfall.

I’ll describe your way there: You’ll drive a very poor road—bumpy, dirty, full of potholes, narrow and steep. The road will be so bad that you won’t believe it could possibly lead to any tourist attraction, and you will want to turn around and head back to Tuxtla—at least a hundred times. But you’ll drive on.

Then you’ll park the car, and scramble up a steep hillside, in the jungle and in 30 °C (86 °F). And that’s where mosquitoes will come in, trying to eat you alive. Bring repellent—it’s the key to survival.

However horrid the way may sound, the result is absolutely worth it. You’ll get in a canyon with a warm river in which you can bathe. And if you follow the river, it will lead you to the most beautiful waterfall: El Aguacero.

Cascada El Aguacero near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Me taking the stairs to El Aguacero waterfall

Time frame: You might need around five hours for the visit. The hike takes about two hours (depending on your fitness condition), and you will need some time for bathing in the river, taking photos, and admiring the waterfall. Find out more about the hike to El Aguacero and other places in my top 10 hikes in Mexico article.

Warning: Never go to El Aguacero after it has been raining. Obviously, it’s a canyon. And you don’t want to be there when a flash flood comes, trust me.

The park managers are super kind and helpful. They work hard to keep the place tidy and run a bistro with an absolutely remarkable view. It’s therefore surprising that the entrance fee into the canyon is only about 50 pesos (2.5 US dollars). I guess the managers’ salary is nothing special (read about the economic disparsity in Mexico) so don’t be a miser and buy something from them.

3. Sima de las Cotorras (trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez)

Sima de las Cotorras near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Sima de las Cotorras

Sima de las Cotorras are, very simply put, large holes in the ground. Or, more scientifically if you want, sinkholes produced by tectonic and erosive processes on the limestone. What it means is that there are caves, and their ceilings collapse—creating sinkholes.

Sima de las Cotorras near Tuxtla Gutiérrez is not the largest sinkhole in the area, but it has parakeets living there. It’s therefore nicknamed the sinkhole of parrots. You can visit the local ecological park, observe the parrots, explore the cave on guided tours, or admire tropical plants.

Parrots live in Sima de las Cotorras near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

In Sima de las Cotorras live parrots like these!

Sima de las Cotorras has one thing in common with Cascada el Aguacero: a poor road with non-existent signage.

4. St. Mark’s Cathedral

St. Mark Cathedral is one of 8 best places to visit in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Catedral de San Marcos

Sightseeing in Tuxtla Gutiérrez should always start with Catedral de San Marcos, Tuxtla’s most prominent landmark. Its neoclassical white walls, remnants of frescos, and 48 bells that ring every hour attract visitors and pilgrims from all corners of the country. And in 1990 they attracted the pope, John Paul II, as well. Or maybe it wasn’t the walls, frescos, and bells that attracted him, maybe it was the fact that the cathedral serves as a local archdiocese. Who knows.

5. Museums

It goes without saying that Chiapas has a long history. You can see it with your own eyes: in Tuxtla, you’ll bump into a museum at every turn. I’d like to mention three of them:

The Regional Museum of Chiapas

Museo Regional de Antropología e Historia de Chiapas exhibits over 200 fossils, some of them older than dinosaurs. It’s the largest museum in Tuxtla and consists of three halls:

  • one for prehistory and ancient cultures
  • one for the history after the Spanish conquest
  • one for temporary exhibits

The museum is open from 9 AM to 6 PM from Tuesday to Sunday

Tip: Are you into the ancient civilizations of Mexico? Instead of staring at the shards of their culture through the glass, take a trip to Chichen Itza built by the Maya or visit one of the ruins of bloodthirsty Aztec cities.

The Museum of Coffee

The Museum of Coffee belongs to the list of 8 best places in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Museo del Café

Museo del Café is a curiosity of its kind and a must-visit for all coffee lovers. Prepare for a rather short visit that takes an hour at most. The descriptions are in Spanish only, but English-speaking guides will show you your favorite bean.

Opening hours are 9 AM – 5 PM from Monday to Saturday, and the ticket costs 25 pesos (1.3 US dollars).

The Museum of Marimba

Visiting The Museum of Marimba is one of 8 best things to do in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

Museo de la Marimba

Museo de la Marimba includes five galleries, an audiovisual room, a workshop, audio libraries loaded with marimba music, and other interactive stuff. It’s a great place to go to if you’ve had enough of admiring the exhibits from a respectful distance and not being allowed to touch anything.

It’s open from 10 AM to 9 PM daily, and the entrance fee is 30 pesos (1.5 US dollars).

6. Faustino Miranda Botanical Garden

Cactuses, cycads, palms, orchids and other plants—all can be seen in Jardín Botánico Faustino Miranda. A series of walkways, that cross 10 acres (4 hectares) of land, will lead you to many endemic and endangered species from Chiapas. Explore the botanical treasures the garden has to offer or just zonk out. Do as you please.

It’s open between 8 AM and 4 PM from Tuesday to Friday.

7. San Cristóbal (Big question: Is it worth the visit?)

San Cristobal is not worth the visit from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico

My sarcastic smile in my not-so-favorite city—San Cristóbal

San Cristóbal is one of the most promoted Mexican cities; it even belongs in the list of Pueblos Mágicos, some kind of Mexican UNESCO. It’s between Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Comitán, approximately an hour drive from each.

Let me say two words about San Cristóbal: It sucks.

The only thing I found interesting in San Cristóbal was the museum of amber, exhibiting pieces of amber with insects captured in. Like in Jurassic Park. Otherwise, there are plenty of tourist attractions which are… just okay. Nothing horrible, but nothing special either. The question is: Do you want to travel to a Mexican city only to see mediocre sites? Check my San Cristóbal article and make your own opinion.

Another minus point for San Cristóbal: It’s absolutely crowded. There’s no room for an apple to fall, let alone for you to walk around and take pictures. San Cristóbal was the only place in Mexico where we had to deal with really bad gridlocks. And we were there on January 31 in covid time. I don’t want to see what local traffic looks like under normal conditions.

Warning: San Cristóbal lies at the altitude of 2,200 meters (7,218 feet) above sea level, which means it’s cold as a well digger’s… you know what. It was 12 °C (53.6 °F) when we were there, and I believe it must be the coldest place in Chiapas.

My personal tip: Instead of San Cristóbal, visit Puebla or Oaxaca. They are kind of similar to San Cristóbal, but have much more places to see.

Hotel Bo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Luxurious Hotel Bo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas

Hotel tip: If you still want to visit San Cristóbal (I’d recommend not to, but if you really really do) here’s a tip for the nicest hotel there—Hotel Bo that’s located about a 5-minute walk from the cathedral. It's cool design (inside and out!) is complemented by its wonderful staff and a great on-site restaurant that serves Mexican and international dishes.  

Prices start at USD 207 per night for 2 people. 

8. Tuxtla Gutiérrez restaurants

Tuxtla has countless good restaurants, full of Mexican food (which left me disappointed, by the way). I will name two:

  • Cafe Bar 500 Noches Tuxtla: a pleasant Tapas bar with top-notch food and excellent service.
  • Las Pichanchas: okay food, okay service… but an absolutely great atmosphere. We had a meat plate and got sick because of the amount of fat in it, but otherwise, I do recommend it. It’s a truly authentic experience.

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Hi! I’m Jan. I live in Prague, Czech Republic. I try to experience the best the world has to offer, and I don’t cease to be impressed. But if I’m not, I’m sure going to tell you! You can count on my full honesty and real opinions here. No bullcrap. I own and run several companies, which gives me great (but not unlimited) freedom to roam the world.  

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