Known originally as San Juan Bautista, the capital of Tabasco is marked by the course of the Grijalva river. Bordering Las Ilusiones lagoon, the city extends nested in green vegetation and a tropical climate. The mandatory stop for visitors used to be, and still is, La Venta Park-Museum, one of the most original museums in the world because of its thematic tour: conserving the local flora and fauna, you will find the large Olmeca heads in this natural garden, which were rescued from archaeological sites in the region.
To mention archaeology in Villermosa is to say Comalcalco and La Venta. The first was the farthest point of expansion for Mayan culture to the west, and it is characterized by the use of atypical bricks as building elements. The second is a fabulous Olmeca vestige from four thousand years ago, where the most ancient pyramid in Mesoamerica is conserved, as well as countless artistic and religious pieces. The great thing is that you can visit it, at least in spirit, without leaving the city; La Venta Museum Park – an enterprise by the poet, Pellicer – rescues a great part of its treasure very close by.
Villahermosa is the entrance to the cacao route – the ancient Mayan coin that would sweeten the world as chocolate – in a tour that covers the municipalities of Nacajuca, Jalpa de Mendez, Comalcalco and Paraiso. In this Maya Chontal area, and particularly in Comalcalco, you can see cacao haciendas, La Luz or Jesus Maria. There, chocolate-making processes are rescued, and you can also visit the twelve hectares of the Cholula Farm. The seed that humanity can thank Mexico for lives under the shadow of cedar and ceiba trees.