After a forty-minute scenic drive by coach to Tapachula, you'll see a culturally diverse city that rests at the foot of the Chiapas Highlands and serves as the commercial center for this agricultural region of Mexico.
Upon arrival, you'll embark on a short walking tour that takes you past several historical buildings. One of these is the Saint Augustine Church, located just across from the Miguel Hidalgo Central Park. Dating back to the late 18th century, this church is a wonderful example of neo-classical architecture. Continuing on, you'll see the art deco culture house (the former city hall) which features some marvelous large stained-glass windows. These impressive works of art represent the spirit of the local citizens and the natural richness of the area found in its agriculture, cattle breeding and fishing.
At the Soconusco Archaeological Museum, you'll be able to admire ancient artifacts on display, such as stone sculptures, pottery and other items left behind by the Aztecs during their short foray into the region. You will no doubt particularly enjoy Miguel Hidalgo Central Park, also referred to as La plaza de la Música, (the musical square). This lovely haven is considered the soul of the city because of the different marimba musicians who gather there daily to play traditional Mexican music. The park has become a popular gathering spot and a place where visitors can enjoy shopping for handicrafts as they listen to the traditional melodies that identify this unique region of Mexico.
Before re-boarding your coach for the return journey back to the pier, you'll be afforded approximately one hour of free time to further explore the city on your own or do some shopping.
Please note: This tour includes approximately one hour of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The sites visited are not wheelchair accessible and therefore, it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable clothing, a hat, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.