It is the city where the headquarters of the administrative powers of the state of Chiapas are located. It is located in the Los Altos region of Chiapas at 2,200 meters above sea level. The city was founded by the Spanish Diego de Mazariegos and a group of settlers of diverse origins in 1528 with the name Ciudad Real de los Spaniards. Currently, it is a colorful, cosmopolitan city, with a strategic location and considered by many to be the intercultural capital of Chiapas, in addition to being the main tourist town in the state. In 2003, it was included in the Magical Towns program by the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico, for its architectural heritage and cultural manifestations. In 2010 and 2011, it was granted by the President of the Republic, recognition for the “Diversification of the Mexican Tourist Product”, which consolidated it as “The Most Magical of the Magical Towns of Mexico”. It is one of the most beautiful and original cities in Mexico and Central America, due to the evocative colonial image that it has preserved in its historic center over the centuries, in addition to the traditional daily life. It hosted the World Adventure Tourism Summit in 2011, with the participation of more than 600 travel agencies and tour operators from 60 countries around the world.

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