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Chiapa de Corzo: I Don’t Know What I’m Doing Here …

Chiapa de Corzo certainly wins points for being laid back. This small town is bypassed by almost all tourists, who breeze through here on the way to the nearby Sumidero Canyon. There isn’t too much to see here, except the main plaza with its weird, octagonal fort-like structure.

There’s also some Mayan ruins just outside town boasting three excavated pyramids, and that’s about it.

Most people who opt to stay here do so to get a breather from the tourist crowds of San Cristobal. Indeed, this is probably the best reason to linger here. For about an hour during the afternoon, the town is invaded by tour groups, who normally get a short stop over on the way back from Sumidero. In January, the Fiesta Grande de Enero is apparently one of Mexico’s best small town festivals, and involves traditional cross dressing, fireworks and some serious partying. Apart from there really isn’t much else to say here. It’s kinda hot, and during the day there aren’t too many people around town. I guess there’s a good reason so many people skip Corzo. I mean this is just 10 minutes away:

If you want to visit Corzo, your best bet is to grab a colectivo from Tuxtla. The trip is around 15 minutes, and shouldn’t cost more than MX$30. It’s also possible to take a colectivo from the main bus terminal in San Cristobal, though you’ll need to change at a random crossroads after an hour or so. Tell the driver you’re going to Corzo, and they should know where to dump you. Most travellers see Corzo as an afterthought, following an arranged tour to Sumidero from San Cristobal. This is the easiest option, I suppose.

As Corzo is a Pueblo Magico, it’s yet another addition to my special series, Shit Hot or Shit Hole: Exploring Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos. So how does Corzo fare?

Well…

Score: 3/10

Pros:

Nice, relaxed change of pace from San Cristobal

Decent plaza

Cons:

What am I doing here?

First published at dissentsansfrontieres.com.

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