The mystical town of Puerto Chiapas Port is formerly known as San Benito and Puerto Madero and situated in southern Soconusco, Mexico along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Chiapas cruise port is in an area of rich lowlands and foothills and has an abundance of beautiful beaches. It is one of Mexico’s thriving ports with a vibrant export and import industry for agricultural products. This town plays host to Holland America cruise ships when their Americas and Panama Canal cruises trips that start in September of each year. The Regent Cruises’ ships visits this lovely town for their Panama Canal cruises in December while en route from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego. This small port town is in close proximity to the mystical tourist and archeology destinations of Mexico. Vehicles are readily available for your exploration of the area.
Colorful items like shoes, dresses, rebozos and sarapes await your shopping spree while in Puerto Chiapas. These beautiful finds are rooted in the folklore and tradition of this mystic town. The town is also known for its quality leather works, beautiful crafts which include fine weaving and embroidery. One of the famous shops in town is La Casa de las Artesanias, located in Tuxtla Gutierrez and it offers you a variety of finds. Rope tote bags, hand woven items such as hammocks, elaborately carved gourds and attractive rugs and hats made from palm fronds are among the beautiful souvenir items that are sure to delight your friends at home.
Things to See
This small port town is the gateway to exciting destination ranging from beautiful rainforests and picturesque beaches such as la Playa Linda to the exploration of ancient civilization.
Well preserved archaeological sites regularly amaze visitors. Explore the ancient Mayan, Izapa and Olmec ruins, where vibrant colored murals offer a preview to these ancient civilizations; many inscriptions are yet to be deciphered.
The Sanocnusco Archaeological Museum, located near the Municipal Palace highlights the collection of a number of different archaeological finds. Among these are turquoise and gold decorated skull and ancient whistles. The San Cristobal de Las Casas Cathedral which is an infusion of baroque and colonial styles of architecture is sure to capture your fancy.
Several excursion trips are also available. You can choose from a journey of the lush mangroves and a rainforest trek where exotic animals await you. There is also the 90 minutes drive to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Chiapas where you will discover good quality coffees at the Argovia Plantation and Estate. This coffee plantation is one of the oldest coffee producers in the region. It has preserved its beautiful old buildings and houses and has an ongoing reforestation project. Aside from coffee, it also has a variety of ornamental flowers. The estate also offers delicious buffet lunches of Mexican dishes and the freshest cups of coffee. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothes, hat and shoes. Apply your sunscreen and insect repellent too.
Restaurants and Bar
Puerto Chiapas port of call offers delicious Mexican dishes and international flares. While in here, enjoy the local specialties such as fried fish with pepper sauce, crawfish, seafood stews, lobster, as well as mole, tortilla soup, tamales, guacamole and a number of regional deserts. For the more adventurous side of you, sample the foods using these exotic ingredients: snail, iguana and armadillo. The restaurants of the town are a combination of aromas and texture which is distinctively Puerto Chiapas. Try any Mexican dishes at Las Pichanchas or Asador Castellano or Restaurante Bavaro all in Tuxtla Gutierrez.
If you want to savor Mexican national and regional cuisines, head to Restaurante El Cafetal in Hotel Loma where panoramic views of the city awaits you as you dine. Savor any of its exceptional tortas (sandwiches) at La Parilla Restaurant. If you are craving for international menu in this port, try El Jardin de Estefania Restaurant.
Nightlife in Puerto Chiapas can be enjoyed with its wide array of tequila menus. The pier area is the place to be to enjoy your drinks.
Mysterious and exotic will sum up your Puerto Chiapas Port experience.