Puerto Chiapas, Mexico
Izapa Ruins & Chocolate Discovery
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 4½ Hours
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 100 AD. 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.
Travel by bus to Tuxtla Chico, where you will be able to see how the cocoa beans are transformed in to chocolate during a demonstration in the main plaza. Sample the locally made chocolate and see a variety of regional handicrafts
Dancers and marimba players put on a lively performance.
After a stop at the local historic church, you will head back to the pier.
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.