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Comalcalco

Tabasco

Traveling to Comalcalco, in the state of Tabasco, is to enter the Mayan world through a spectacular environment of a western city full of temples and monumental palaces submerged in the jungle with a unique baked-clay-bricks-made architecture, as well as old houses that are cocoa farms and chocolate factories.

This prehispanic city is in the state northwestern, 60 kilometers away from Villahermosa and bordering the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Originally named “Joy Chan”, which means “Sky surrounded”, its current name is “Comalli-Calli-Co”, “House of the comales” in Nahuatl, because Nahuatl origin tribes that arrived here didn’t know the word brick and instead of it they used the “comal” word.

Its history begins to be lived through the streets of 1827-founded San Isidro de Comalcalco county seat, which is currently known as “La Perla de Chontalpa”, due to its economy and size the region’s third most important city.

According to several investigations, this town was found in Río Seco ranch in Jalpa Municipality, settled on place’s highest island during Mexico Independence first years.

Comalcalco hasn’t lost its city appearance—it still preserves great architectural sites such as the Portales de Parque Juárez in the Historic Center, a local meeting point where people gather to talk and have fun. You can find all kinds of shops, restaurants and cafes here.

Walk to the Parroquia de San Isidro Labrador (Parish of San Isidro Labrador), then go to know the recently remodeled Antonio Valenzuela Alamilla stadium, home of “Chocolateros de Comalcalco” team; as well as the Templo de la Virgen de la Asunción (Temple of the Virgin of the Assumption) in Cupilco town.

The activities don’t stop. You can visit the main market, admire the typical dresses beauty and crafts production, mainly in ceramic. Taste its exquisite cuisine such as chipilín tamales, pork head, asado de res, duck chirmole, and some delicious desserts such as pudding, buñuelos and dried papaya; for drinking you have to try either pozol, cocoa liquor or chorote.

Comalcalco has an archaeological site and, since the warm-humid climate allows harvesting, farms dedicated to cocoa cultivation and chocolate manufacturing.
Traveling to Comalcalco, in the state of Tabasco, is to enter the Mayan world through a spectacular environment of a western city full of temples and monumental palaces submerged in the jungle with a unique baked-clay-bricks-made architecture, as well as old houses that are cocoa farms and chocolate factories.

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This prehispanic city is in the state northwestern, 60 kilometers away from Villahermosa and bordering the Gulf of Mexico to the north. Originally named “Joy Chan”, which means “Sky surrounded”, its current name is “Comalli-Calli-Co”, “House of the comales” in Nahuatl, because Nahuatl origin tribes that arrived here didn’t know the word brick and instead of it they used the “comal” word.

Its history begins to be lived through the streets of 1827-founded San Isidro de Comalcalco county seat, which is currently known as “La Perla de Chontalpa”, due to its economy and size the region’s third most important city.

According to several investigations, this town was found in Río Seco ranch in Jalpa Municipality, settled on place’s highest island during Mexico Independence first years.

Comalcalco hasn’t lost its city appearance—it still preserves great architectural sites such as the Portales de Parque Juárez in the Historic Center, a local meeting point where people gather to talk and have fun. You can find all kinds of shops, restaurants and cafes here.

Walk to the Parroquia de San Isidro Labrador (Parish of San Isidro Labrador), then go to know the recently remodeled Antonio Valenzuela Alamilla stadium, home of “Chocolateros de Comalcalco” team; as well as the Templo de la Virgen de la Asunción (Temple of the Virgin of the Assumption) in Cupilco town.

The activities don’t stop. You can visit the main market, admire the typical dresses beauty and crafts production, mainly in ceramic. Taste its exquisite cuisine such as chipilín tamales, pork head, asado de res, duck chirmole, and some delicious desserts such as pudding, buñuelos and dried papaya; for drinking you have to try either pozol, cocoa liquor or chorote.

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