The city of Villahermosa (elevation:
10 meters) is the capital of the state of Tabasco.
The city was founded at the intersection of the Carrizal and Grijalva
rivers meet en route to the Gulf
of Mexico. The city's tropical atmosphere is matched by colorful
flower gardens and tall palm trees. In Spanish the city's name means
'beautiful city' and Villahermosa does not disappoint.
Places to visit include the Museum of History and
the former home of Carlos Pellicer Cámara, one of Mexico's
most respected poets.
The famous La Venta museum is located on the Lagoon
of Illusions (Laguna de las Ilusiones). Pellicer Cámara recreated
the landscape of the original Olmec site (now an oil field) in the
1950s and created one of Mexico's most impressive open-air museums.
Much of the downtown is closed to traffic.
Villahermosa is a gateway to the Maya World. Nearby