The Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport, more formally known as the Angel Albino Corzo International Airport, is an international airport serving the Mexican municipality of Chiapa de Corzo in Chiapas. It handles air traffic and services for the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez and central Chiapas, including the popular San Cristobal de las Casas. The airport was recently inaugurated by Mexican President Vicente Fox and by the State's Governor, Pablo Salazar Mendiguchia in 2006, replacing the Francisco Sarabia National Airport. The airport has a capacity to handle 350 daily operations and 850,000 passengers per year, comprised of a concrete runway, a parallel taxiway, several hangars, a commercial aviation apron, a general aviation apron, a military base, a world-class commercial terminal equipped with six glass jetways, and a very capable team serving the local and the tourist population.
The airport is served by various airlines, including flag carrier Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect, Interjet, Aerotucan, KAÁN Air, TAR Aerolineas, and many others. Passenger numbers peaked at 855,073 in 2013, making the airport the busiest airport in the Southwestern region and the 16th busiest in Mexico.
A small and overlooked jewel set just a few miles away from Tuxtla Gutierrez and on the way to San Cristobal, Chiapa de Corzo is an attractive and sweet colonial town with a laid-back and easy-going air. Set on the north bank of the broad Rio Grijalva (Grijalva River), it is the main starting point for trips into the Canon del Sumidero. From the town centre, travellers may discover and see the historic, religious, and cultural scenarios of the Mexicanos (pronounced as me-hi-ka-nos).
Chiapa de Corzo Archaeological Site – on a trade route between the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, the sprawling Chiapa de Corzo settlement had close ties to neighbouring Maya and Olmec cultures, cultivating a rather extraordinary mix of the Maya and the Latina. At its peak, the cultures have produced about 200 structures, but were abandoned some time in 500 AD. After years of excavation, three Zoque pyramid structures can now be viewed here, elevating Chiapa de Corzo's place in the Mexican tourism scene. Climb
around the deserted temples and marvel at the big and beautiful countryside hugged by the blue skies. A recent excavation of one nearby mound unearthed the oldest known pyramid tomb in Mesoamerica and new evidence linking it to Olmec centres such as La Venta have been discovered, although not for public visit (yet).
Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman – built in the late 16th century by the Dominican order, the impressive Templo de Santo Domingo de Guzman is the brainchild of man's hands and God-given talents. The huge structure, found one block south of the main plaza (Plaza Mayor), is adjoined by a convent now called the Centro Cultural, home to an exposition of the wood and lino prints of talented Chiapa-born Franco Lazaro Gomez, as well as the Museo de la Laca, which is dedicated to the local craft of lacquered gourds. A few pieces from the museum date back from the 1600s, while the inside of the church is panelled with many beautiful and intricate works.
Fiesta Grande de Enero – mimicking some of the most colourful festivals in the world, Chiapa's Fiesta Grande de Enero is a feast held within the month of January (Enero in Spanish) celebrating the vibrancy of people in the area. It is held for one week, where nightly dances involve cross-dressing young men, women donning colourful and beautifully embroidered chiapaneca dresses, while wigged and mask-toting Parachicos impersonate conquistadors. A battle of canoe and grand fireworks close the week's festivities.
The town is relatively small, and travellers are advised to go around by foot to get to the destinations. Canoes and boats are also available by the river, should travellers wish to get around that way.
The Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport is the main and primary airport serving the destination. Travellers who wish to explore the Chiapa de Corzo town may opt to fly down here via Aeromexico, Aerotucan, KAÁN Air, TAR Aerolineas, and many others. For cheap flights, visit Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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