Plaza Cívica is Tuxtla’s large central square, bordered by busy streets on two sides and fronted by San Marcos cathedral and various local, state, and federal government buildings. The broad stone-paved plaza has relatively few shade trees, and in that way is more like the zócalo in Mexico City than the shady central square in San Cristóbal. (For that, head to Parque Marimba, nine blocks west of the center.)
The Plaza Cívica sometimes serves as a gathering place for protests and demonstrations, and the traffic is a constant reminder that you’re in a big city, but overall it’s a placid place, both day and night. There’s a tourist information kiosk on the plaza’s southwest corner.
© Liza Prado and Gary Chandler from Moon Chiapas, 1st Edition