Villahermosa, Spanish for “beautiful village”, is the capital of the state of Tabasco. This oil-rich city was once the center of the Olmec Civilization—the first Mesoamerican civilization. Home to a majority of Tabasco’s population, Villahermosa is quickly becoming a modernized, business-centric city while maintaining the historic roots of both the Olmec and Mayan Civilizations. You will find shopping malls, several museums, parks, and a vivid urban culture all in one city.
Things to See
Zona Remodelada, or “La Zona” as the locals call it, is home to several attractions. You can stop by the gallery and café inside the “Never-dying house”, La Casa Siempreviva, which has been restored and painted in bright pinks and purples. The main square boasts live entertainment in the cool evenings and has spectacular views of the Grijalva River. You’ll also find the Museo de Historia (History Museum) in La Zona, where you can learn about the ancient history of Tabasco. The must-see Parque-Museo La Venta combines a museum, zoo and park into one destination. A large cieba, the sacred tree of the Olmec and Mayan Civilizations, is rooted outside the museum at the beginning of the trails that lead you through the native landscapes. Along the trails, you will find large stone figures, including the historic basalt heads. Other artifacts are housed in the Museo Regional de Antroplogia, dating back to the Stone Age and through the Aztec Period.
Hotels in Villahermosa
IHG® combines convenience and comfort with properties located near Villahermosa’s business district, just a quick drive to the many tourist attractions in the Zona Remodelada. You can easily find a place to stay that is perfect for everything you have planned for your trip to Villahermosa.
Where to Stay
Villhermosa’s central downtown area, Zona Reodelda, is home to a variety of art and history museums, ideal for leisure travelers. For business people, the business district is a quick drive from all of the local attractions.
How to Get to Villahermosa
With a convenient central location, the Carlos Rovirosa Pérez International Airport (VSA) offers connecting flights from some of the larger Mexican cities as well as some cities in Texas. Collective taxi services can be found around the city and the two main bus routes are located on Av. Gregorio Mendez and Av. 27 de Febrero. Use caution when traveling around the city after dark or in unfamiliar areas.