In the north of Chiapas the jungle is the dominant vegetation, making up protected green areas and forests.
One such protected zone that covers over 2,316 square miles is the Cerro Mactumactzá state reserve, to the southeast of the city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Here you can go hiking in the company of tropical woods, holm oak woods and epiphytes.
There are a great diversity of specimens that represent the original ecosystems of the region.
In 2007, construction was begun of the Cristo de Copoya or Cristo del Cerro de Mactumactzá, which is still incomplete. The faithful who believe in the Cristo Glorioso de Chiapas (Glorious Christ of Chiapas) await with anxiety the completion of this statue which will eventually be 210 feet high, and will be the site for various religious celebrations, as it will represent the Christ of Light and is perceived as a symbol that, according to religious organizations, “blesses and embraces the people of Chiapas”.