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WELCOME TO VILLAHERMOSA, MEXICO
Villahermosa is located between the Yucatan Peninsula and mainland Mexico near the narrowest part of Mexico. Althouth it is not located directly on the Gulf of Mexico, there are two navigable rivers that connect the city to Bahia de Campeche and the Gulf area.
Villahermosa is not a tourist destination, it doesn't even pretend to be. It is largely a city of commerce and industry, fueled by oil, hydro-electric projects and agriculture. Sitting on the Rio Grijalva, this river is a major lifeline to the city's business interests and agricultural expansion.
The area was founded in 1519 with the original name of Santa Maria de la Victoria. It is here that Hernan Cortez met his better half Dona Marina, who later became quite instrumental in his success in taking over Mexico.
There wasn't much going on in Villahermosa in the mid 1900's. Then the discovery of oil in the Gulf of Mexico put this town on the map and it has yet to look back. Not unlike Mexico City, this urban collection of concrete and people is a frenzied and crowded place, which also accounts for the fact that Villahermosa has a higher level of per capita income than most Mexican cities.
One of the main streets in town is Paseo Malecon, which runs along the Rio Grijalva and provides nice venue for the shops and markets along the other side of the street. The business center features hotels, restaurants and a host of commercial enterprises. River excursions are avaialable for those who are interested in a different perpective of the town.
The town does offer some culture including the Museum of Anthropology and the La Venta Museum. While the Museum of Anthropology is a large building with indoor displays including many native artifacts, La Venta Museum is an indoor / outdoor museum and park sitting ajacent to the large Laguna de las Ilusions lake. The park proudly displays monuments from Mexico's first advanced civilizations, and is an interesting perspective for the region.
Villahermosa is located on the fringe of the many Mayan archeological areas in the Yucatan, although Merida and Cancun are closer to most of the established sites. A fun excursion from town is the seaside town of Paraiso which offers small restaurants on the beach.
The Tourism Office is located in the Tabasco 2000 complex downtown, at #1504 Paseo Tabasco. Their phone number is 011-52 (931) 6-3633 and they are closed on weekends.