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Malpasito

Tabasco

On the state border with Veracruz and Chiapas, a great importance ceremonial center for the Zoque culture is located. Its name, which seems playful—which it is in a way—, is derived from Malpaso Huimanguillo ejidal town in Tabasco, very related to the area's winding roads and rugged relief.

Let’s first talk about Malpasito Archaeological Site and then tell you about what you’ll be able to find in the surroundings. Its unusual location is by itself an additional attraction for the area—it’s on the slope of a mountain, between two valleys, which are the only way of accessing.

The area gives the impression of having been carefully planned—buildings reveale at mountain top and along deep courtyards designed by the villagers themselves.

So far, more than 50 buildings have been discovered. Without a doubt, its well state of conservation is surprising, in addition to how the solid, geometric rocks covered by flush-cut grass look like, suggesting you’re in a site recently built or in a movie set. Everything looks impeccable.

It’s important to mention that Zoques are an ethnic that still prevails in Mexican southeast, particularly in Tabasco. It’s likely that Malpasito depended on other sites located in Chiapas, such as San Antonio or San Isidro, with which it shares cultural and architectural features.

In the Archaeological Site of Malpasito, besides mosquitoes, it feels that there’s no one but you—place’s solitude drives you to imagine how everything would be in its splendor time, listen to your steps and think that those paths were traced perhaps ahead of your arrival, because it seems the place is ready, really waiting.

You can get to this enigmatic Tabasco site from Villahermosa, an about 2 hours 15 minutes (137 km) road trip; from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, it will take you 1 hour 40 minutes (113 km) or from Coatzacoalcos, 1 hour 55 minutes (138 km).
On the state border with Veracruz and Chiapas, a great importance ceremonial center for the Zoque culture is located. Its name, which seems playful—which it is in a way—, is derived from Malpaso Huimanguillo ejidal town in Tabasco, very related to the area's winding roads and rugged relief.

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Let’s first talk about Malpasito Archaeological Site and then tell you about what you’ll be able to find in the surroundings. Its unusual location is by itself an additional attraction for the area—it’s on the slope of a mountain, between two valleys, which are the only way of accessing.

The area gives the impression of having been carefully planned—buildings reveale at mountain top and along deep courtyards designed by the villagers themselves.

So far, more than 50 buildings have been discovered. Without a doubt, its well state of conservation is surprising, in addition to how the solid, geometric rocks covered by flush-cut grass look like, suggesting you’re in a site recently built or in a movie set. Everything looks impeccable.

It’s important to mention that Zoques are an ethnic that still prevails in Mexican southeast, particularly in Tabasco. It’s likely that Malpasito depended on other sites located in Chiapas, such as San Antonio or San Isidro, with which it shares cultural and architectural features.

In the Archaeological Site of Malpasito, besides mosquitoes, it feels that there’s no one but you—place’s solitude drives you to imagine how everything would be in its splendor time, listen to your steps and think that those paths were traced perhaps ahead of your arrival, because it seems the place is ready, really waiting.

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