Villahermosa, Mexico: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Situated in a shallow depression, at the confluence of the rivers Grijalva and Carrizal, Villahermosa is the regional capital of the state of Tabasco. With an excessively warm tropical climate accentuated by the many concrete and glass buildings, the city doesn’t have too much to offer for tourists. However, those that spend a couple of days in the city begin to sympathies with the business center, filled with seafood restaurants and excellent anthropology museums, known as Villahermosa. One of the main attractions here is the nice pedestrian area within the city, offering a great mixture of café’s, small museums and hotels. There are also several interesting sites to see outside of the city.
The landscape is mostly made up of marshlands, with shallow lakes all around and a hot and humid climate for most of the year. Villahermosa location also makes it susceptible to flooding. Oil money has brought modernization and commerce to the city, but has also raised prices significantly, making it one of the most expensive cities in Mexico. All the money has been poured into the western part of the town, known as Tabasco 2000, making this area the most attractive part of Villahermosa. In contrast, the city’s gritty historic center is decaying and crowded, but much cheaper lodging options. Getting around town with the public transportation system can be a nuisance, so taxi’s are the best option.
Founded by Diego de Quijada on the 24th of June 1564, Villahermosa evolved as a production center for coffee, cocoa, bananas and rubber. During the Mexican-American War, U.S. forces captured the city after the battle of Tabasco. Later on, in 1863, Villahermosa was once again occupied by a foreign force, during the French intervention in Mexico. In present times the city has expanded on both sides of the river Grijalva, seeing strong development in some parts due to the booming Oil business.