Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico
Vacations, Travel and Tourism to Tuxtla
Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of the state of Chiapas, exudes a very special charm. Even though it is a bustling city, like many other modern cities, it still conserves an air of peace and tranquility, typical of places rich in customs and traditions. Walking through the streets of Tuxtla gives visitors the feeling of crossing a thin line between their fast-paced present lives and a pleasant slower-paced past, full of history.
Surrounded by impressive mountains and lined with colorful trees, this city seems like the perfect setting for the closure of an important deal, as well as for an exciting adventure filled vacation. Tuxtla Gutierrez features modern services and a thriving hotel industry that will definitely meet, if not exceed your expectations.
Tuxtla is a mixture of old and new, with a perfect blend of traditional architecture and a young fast growing population, who have modernized the city yet still managed to maintain customs, legends and rituals reminiscent of Old Tuxtla.
The locals are very courteous, friendly people and treat tourists as if they were their long term acquaintances. They are very hospitable, always eager to tell the story of Tuxtla to anyone willing to listen, and will definitely make you feel at home.
The city was originally inhabited and founded by a tribe native to the region, known as the Zoques who named the city Coyatoc, which means 'home of the rabbit' in their native tongue. Between 1486 and 1505, they were invaded by the Aztecs and the city was re-named 'Tochtlan' which means the same in Nahuatl. After the Spanish conquest, the name was translated into Spanish and became 'Tuxtla', as it remains to this day.
In 1768 Tuxtla had the second most important town hall in Chiapas. It officially became a town in 1813 and finally a city in 1829. Later, 'Gutierrez' was added to the name in honor of Joaquin Miguel Gutierrez, a prominent federalist born in the city and who died heroically in combat against the Central Conservatives.
Culture & tradition
Chiapas is a synonym for marimba music, dance, and a thriving culture. Traditions which have been preserved to this day can be appreciated through the colors and flavors of their many celebrations and festivals, which the locals are very proud of and love to share with national and international tourists alike.
Throughout the state of Chiapas there are numerous celebrations, festivals, and carnivals all year round, and Tuxtla is not an exception. January is the season for the festival of 'the seated Baby Jesus', a religious ritual where people sing and chant to an idol representing Jesus as a baby, who is seated in a small chair and dressed in elaborate fine clothing. In June they hold the International Festival of Marimba Players, where musicians from different countries meet and play their xylophones together. In September, they have an Independence Day celebration lasts three days! And in November there is another three-day holiday that starts with a celebration on 'All Saints Day', followed by the 'Day of the Dead' and finally ends on the day when the state fair starts. Lastly, they have the Christmas festivities, which include Christmas' Eve and New Year's Eve, carried out in a distinct "Chiapaneco" style, different to any other place in Mexico.
Tuxtla Gutierrez has so much to offer tourists that the only thing visitors lack is time to see and do everything.
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