Chiapas is Mexico's southernmost state. And if the villages here resemble those of the Guatemalan Highlands, it's because Guatemala lies just beyond the eastern border. To the west lies Oaxaca, and to the south is one of Mexico's last stretches of relatively undeveloped coastline. Inland, mountain roads are full of hairpin turns hugging the edges of ravines. To the north is the mostly flat, pastoral state of Tabasco.
- Mist-covered ruins Much of the enormous complex of Palenque has yet to be excavated, so you can see how thoroughly the jungle claimed them.
- A pleasant, little-visited colonial town Lovely colonial architecture, the excellent Museo Na Bolom, and nearby San Juan Chamula make San Cristóbal de las Casas an important stop.
- An exotic boat trip Go by water up the Río Usumacinta to see the Mayan city of Yaxchilán surrounded by magnificent 100-year-old ceiba trees.
- Breathtaking canyon Cliffs rise to 3,500 feet at their highest point in the Cañón del Sumidero.
- Convening with history Wander through the trees around massive stone heads left behind by the Olmecs at the Parque-Museo La Venta.