Planning Your Time
Most people spend just a few days or a weekend on the Pacific coast, though there’s plenty to see and do to fill a week or more.
For a quick beach break, Puerto Arista and Boca del Cielo are logical choices. Costa Azul is another possibility—more isolated and scenic, but lacking lodging on the beach; unless you’re camping, the nearest bed is in Pijijiapán.
With more time, consider basing yourself in Tapachula for two to three days; one day to explore the city itself, including the archaeological museum and excellent restaurants, and another day or two to visit nearby sights like the Maya ruins of Izapa and the beach at Barra de Cahoacán.
From Tapachula, several overnight trips are possible, including to Barra de Zacapulco, where you can take a boat tour through the impressive mangrove forests and enjoy the wide clean beach, or to La Ruta del Café, where you could spend up to three days touring various working coffee fincas.
Climbing Tacaná Volcano is a goal for many who come to this area; it’s typically a three-day outing, starting from the small town of Union Juárez.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition