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The Tabasco state is popular for its rivers, lagoons and also because it is the center of the oil industry in Mexico. Not very populated, it is situated between the Campeche and Veracruz states, on the steamy Gulf of Mexico. Tabasco doesn’t attract many tourists, even though it offers all the modern amenities you would expect from a developed capital city – Villahermosa. It also provides a batch of cultural and archeological attractions and a range of outdoor activities. Vacations in Tabasco aren’t very popular and that is why your relaxing Mexican holiday is guaranteed.

Tabasco covers an area of about 330 by 195 km and is known for its very high humidity levels and the tropical greenery that occurs as a result. The nearby mountains give rise to several big rivers (including the Grijalva and the Usumacinta) that drain into the Gulf of Mexico. Flat coastal plains give way to wavy foothills that eventually rise to become the mountain range called the Sierra Madre de Chiapas.

During your vacation in Tabasco, you can also see many estuaries, lagoons and marshes that are spread all over the area. From September to October, the peak of the rainy season, water covers almost half of the whole state. Over 2 000 species of plants, some of the wild biosphere reserves of Mexico and plenty of fascinating eco parks are situated in Tabaco.

The coastline of the state, which is 190km long, haven’t evolved in terms of resorts but has a few alluring villages, situated among the lagoons, the estuaries and the salt marshes. You should visit them during your Mexican holiday, if you prefer the rustic vibe more than the all-inclusive offers. The cacao plantations, the colonial villages, the archeological sites and Villahermosa – the capital city, are part of the many sights that can be seen in Tabasco.

Even though it is not the biggest state in Mexico, it is even one of the smallest, Tabasco is definitely one of the wealthiest states. The fertile plains contribute to the year-round agriculture. On the other side, the oil fields attract business travelers from foreign countries and other parts of Mexico all the time. All of this has contributed to the prosperity of the region, especially in the Villahermosa's outlying districts.

The extreme climate of the state - hot and humid during the whole year, makes it necessary to arm yourself with bug-repellent when you decide to travel to Tabasco. The heavy rains are from May to October, while the period from December to March brings more temperate climate.

Despite these challenging conditions, the Olmecs - the earliest civilization of Mesoamerica, inhabited and thrived along the western border of Tabasco with Veracruz. The Olmecs settled in the area in around 1500 B.C. and developed the first non-nomadic cultures in Mexico. Another great civilization - the Mayans, settled later in the neighboring area of Chiapas.

During your Mexican holiday you can explore the ceremonial centers that left from these cultures, now considered as one of the archeological locations with the greatest value in Mexico. An interesting fact is that the border between the Aztec and the Mayan empires was actually Tabasco. The state served as a trade center and many other relationships between the two empires were also handled there.

If you want to immerse into the ancient cultures of Mexico, Tabasco is an excellent choice. Two of the largest indigenous groups today are the Zoques and the Chontals which are heirs to the ancient Maya legacy. The second have occupied the area of Tabasco for around 2,000 years and visitors can even witness their traditional lifestyle and customs preserved to these days. Chontals reside in Tabasco's central and western parts. They live in small but thriving ranching, fishing and cacao communities.

The Zoques, on the other hand, are the second largest indigenous group in Tabasco. They are heirs of the Olmec people and only a few of their communities have survived. However, many of their traditions are preserved and can be witnessed even today, mostly in the far western parts of Tabasco.

If you want to learn more about the ancient traditions, history and culture of the state, you can start in Villahermosa. Along with the modern shopping centers and high-class hotels, you will find many fascinating museums, archeological parks and cultural centers. La Venta archeological site, Yumka safari park and Grijalva River, for instance, are some of those places that you can't miss on your family holiday in Tabasco.

The authentic experiences you can have in the state of Tabasco make it an ideal location for your relaxing and unforgettable Mexican holiday.

So grab your passport and camera and head to the nearest airport!