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Tapijulapa is the Mexican name given to this place, derived from "Tlapil-sholo-apan" which means: "Rivera where pitchers are broken".
In 1633 the Franciscan friars founded the convents of Oxolotán and Poposá, nearby, initiating the evangelization of the area, although later this work went to the mentorship of the Dominicans, who influenced that, at the end of the 17th century, it was built the church of Santiago Apóstol, patron of the town.
Slow was the passage of the centuries for the transformation of Tapijulapa. During the anti-clerical movement from 1928 to 1936, promoted by Governor Tomás Garrido Canabal, religious images of the state were seized and burned, temples were destroyed and any expression of devotion was paid with a high personal price.
The church of Santiago Apóstol de Tapijulapa was dismantled and turned into a military barracks and school. But, paradoxically, in this controversial era of Tabasco's history, the area gained special importance because Governor Garrido Canabal acquired a hacienda nearby that he called "Villa Luz".
After touring the town, take a boat ride on the Oxolotán River to visit the famous Villa Luz and its surroundings. Upon reaching the small dock, a walk along a trail of 1.5 kilometers will take you to what was the resting place of the controversial governor Garrido. From there, walk and enjoy the sulphurous water pools and their medicinal and revitalizing effects.
The Cueva de las Sardinas Ciegas is located a short distance from Villa Luz, and has a lake-stream in which, due to the permanent darkness, blind fish live.
The Eco-touristic Park Kolem-Jaa is located on the Tapijulapa-Oxolotán road, and is a development that offers adventures to lovers of extreme sports, perfect to give a twist to your visit.
When you visit the state of Tabasco, give yourself the opportunity to follow the call of the owners of the Tabasco jungle, the nahuales, which will be manifested in the sounds and vegetation that guard the magical town of Tapijulapa.
What to Visit?
- Temple of Santiago the Apostle Built in the seventeenth century, it happens to be one of the scarce colonial temples that still subsist in the state of Tabasco.
- Kolem Jaá Ecological Park located in the middle of a jungle where you can practice many extreme sports.
- Garden of God Botanical garden where fruit trees and orchids abound.
- Cave of the Blind Sardine Flooded cavern 500 meters deep, where the Ritual of the Blind Sardine is celebrated each year.
- Villa Luz Cascades An ideal place to swim after walking around the jungle.
What to do?
- Tapijulapa Fair It takes place on July 22nd – 25th each year to celebrate the local saint patron Santiago the Apostle (Saint James the Apostle).
- Ritual of the Blind Sardine It takes place the first Sunday after Easter. This pre-Hispanic rite is performed to ask the different gods a good year in any aspect of our lives.
- Bread of banana
- Pejelagarto Endemic fish cooked in different ways.
- Pushianes Regional tamales –corn dough mixed with lard, and stuffed with pork meat or other kind of meat in a spicy green or red sauce, and finally wrapped up with banana leaves to be steamed.
- Pozol Beverage based on fermented corn dough and ground cacao.
- Mones Regional dishes seasoned with a local plant named "Hojasanta" (holy leaf)
What to Know?
- Tapijulapa means "Place where jugs are broken."
- The surrounding jungle contains between six and seven percent of all the biodiversity that you can find in the whole world.
- Goods and furniture made of wicker
- Carved wood
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