Home of Tlaloc, the lord of the rains, the most famous waterfall in Los Tuxtlas.
Visit the waterfall.
|Casa de Cultura
hidden in the heart of the city and showing a selection of local artifacts.
Visit the Casa.
|The Beaches of San Andrés Tuxtla
14 miles of coast line present some of the most beautiful beaches in America.
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|Regional Museum of San Andres Tuxtla
The newest museum in Los Tuxtlas, opened early 2008, from olmecs to tobacco presses. Impressive!
Visit the Museum.
A mystical lake, with a brujo presence, 2 miles uphill from San Andrés Tuxtla.
Visit the Laguna.
|Los Tuxtlas Tropical Biology Station
home of one of the world's most intensive studies of a tropical region.
Visit the Station.
|Cigar factories in San Andrés Tuxtla
Pick up a box of the next best thing to a Cuban cigar.
More details mañana.
(Old Machine in Spanish) An old cotton factory from the early 1800's and swimming hole invites the curious.
Visit Maquina Vieja.
Home of the local artist cooperative, includes gallery, workshop and a snack bar, on the Sihuapan river. Closed 2012.
Please visit their website.
|Luis Bianchi Botanical Gardens
A budding nature reserve, home of many young botanical wonders, on the way to Eyipantla.
More details mañana.
|San Martin Tuxtla Volcano
The most majestic of the Los Tuxtlas volcanoes. Arrange an expedition in Ruiz Cortines.
Read about Los Tuxtlas volcanoes.
|Cerro Venado Nature Park
Deear Mountain. A previously stripped hill now being reforested to support some deer and great views.
Visit the Park.
|San Andrés Tuxtla, located about 100 miles south of Veracruz City, Mexico, is the economic and political capital of the
northern Los Tuxtlas. The city traces its history to the beginning of the 16th century when natives supposedly fled a
The municipio (county), and the growing city of the same name, (population 60,000+/-), is dominated by Volcano San
Martin Tuxtla (5700 feet) and a long coast line along the Gulf of Mexico.
In the mid 19th century, someone discovered that San Andres soil was as good for growing cigar tobacco as Cuba.
The county exploded and worldwide entrepreneurs arrived to exploit its soil and destroy its ambiance by cutting
surrounding trees for firewood to dry tobacco leaves.
The county is only recently recovering from the depradation and still shows its former opulence of mansions
constructed by tobacco barons. The city economy nowadays is mostly focused on service industries and government
offices, while the hinterland is predominantly cattle ranching and agriculture. Most inhabitants are very poor.
The entire north of the county lies within the Biosphere of Los Tuxtlas.
Tourism in the city caters primarily to business travellers in its more than a dozen hotels. The under developed coastal
area features the tiny resort of Montepio, and during vacation periods the neighboring beaches are jammed with
tourists. The most visited attraction is the Eyipantla waterfall, often mistakenly believed to be in Catemaco.
Most of the downtown area was recently attractively renovated, and visitors to its veranda restaurants around the
central park will find a vibrant, busy little city. Best times to visit are during the annual event of the release of hot air
balloons in the fall, or whenever the quarter horses are running at a descendant of a tobacco baron's race track.
Get out of the heat. One of the highest populated villages in Los Tuxtlas now features ecotourism.
Visit Ruiz Cortines.
|The City of San Andrés Tuxtla
San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz
For the devout, there are 3 major churches to visit
|Also, please see:
more photos: Photos of San Andrés Tuxtla
attractions along the coast: The Coast of San Andrés Tuxtla
hotel and restaurant information: San Andres Hotels
in depth general information: Municipio of San Andrés Tuxtla
|in the hills of San Andrés Tuxtla
|Salto de Matacapan
A small waterfall and swimming hole along a rutted road,
off main highway between Catemaco and San Andrés.
Magnifico mural y oficina de turismo.
|to the west of the city of San Andrés Tuxtla
|on the way to the beaches of San Andrés Tuxtla
|between Catemaco and San Andrés Tuxtla
|Balneario Las Pozas
Fuera del camino a San Andrés Tuxtla, cerca del Río Grande de Catemaco, alimentado por un manantial.
Visita Las Pozas.