Tapachula is a city and municipality located in the far south of the state of Chiapas in Mexico, near the Guatemalan border and the Pacific Ocean.
It is one of the most important cities of Chiapas, considered as the capital of the agriculturally rich Soconusco region as well as port for trade between Mexico and Central America.
The area was originally inhabited by the Mokaya (“corn people”), a pre-Olmec culture that developed a number of Mesoamerica’s earliest-known sedentary settlements. It is thought they were the first to domesticate cacao, the precursor to chocolate. Later, it was inhabited by the Mam, of Mayan origin under the control of the Xelaju kingdom (Guatemala). It was first established as a city by the Aztecs in the 13th century. Most of its economic importance has come since the late 19th century with the establishment of coffee plantations.
This agricultural production began a history of migration into the area which continues today and has left a multicultural city with significant Asian and German cultural presence as well as Mayan and Nahua heritage
There are 4 daily flights from Mexico City to Tapachula and from Tapachula to Mexico City.
An alternative could be to flight to Cancun and from there to Tuxtla Gutiérrez, but there are no flights from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Tapachula and the bus trip takes 5 to 6 hours.
From Guatemala city to Tapachula and return, there are three trips per day, it takes about 4-5 hours. From Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Tapachula there are about 20 trips per day, about every hour. The trip takes 5 to 6 hours.
The bus trip from Mexico city to Tapachula takes about 18 hours.
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