Chiapas overflows with greenery and nature. Part of its territory is a protected natural reserve housing an enormous diversity of flora and fauna. This territory has majestic ancient Maya ruins and the living cultural traditions of its indigenous peoples today.
The land of mezcal and the Guelaguetza festival, Oaxaca is the birthplace of celebrated figures from Mexican history, politics, and the art world. Zapotec and Mixtec cultures developed here. The historic center of the capital city and the nearby ruins of Monte Albán together are a World Heritage site.
Puebla is dominated by the volcanoes Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl, the backdrop of a territory rich in abrupt sierras, waterfalls, and hot springs. Its history goes back to pre-Hispanic times. The city of Puebla de los Ángeles is the most Spanish of the viceregal cities and a Baroque architectural gem.
The archaeological zones of Veracruz span Olmec, Totonac, and Huastec cultures that flourished in a territory of prodigious vegetation and rivers. Cortez founded the city that gave part of its name to the state, the Villa Rica de la Veracruz. Through the years this region has played a significant role in Mexican history.