Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Chiapas through the Ages: Izapa Ruins & Tapachula
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Experience Mexico’s past and present as you explore the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Izapa and then wander through Tapachula’s town square on a sightseeing adventure that will both educate and delight you.
From the pier, you’ll journey approximately 45 minutes aboard an air-conditioned bus to the ancient ruins of Izapa. From its beginnings as a small village sometime around 1500 BC, Izapa grew into the region’s most influential cultural and commercial center with a population of possibly up to 10,000 people at the height of its influence sometime between 60 BC and AD 100. Once foremost in the region for the production of highly valued cacao, Izapa brought together many of Mesoamerica’s ancient cultures and many believe it may be the site of origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar, although much study remains to be done in order to unlock these secrets.
From here, you’ll travel by bus to the culturally diverse city of Tapachula whose history and heritage has been influenced not only by the Mayans, Mestizos and Spaniards, but by German, Chinese, Japanese and French immigrants as well.
Your tour guide will introduce you to some of the city’s highlights on a walking tour through the town square. You’ll have time for shopping in local artisan shops for leather goods, ceramics and more.
At the Tapachula Planetarium, you will be introduced to Mayan Cosmology and enjoy a Mayan folkloric performance before returning by bus to the ship’s pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring insect repellent; wear sunscreen.