The State of Tabasco
The marshy Gulf state of Tabasco is not technically part of the Yucatán Peninsula . But as the birthplace of the Olmecs, the first advanced civilization in Mesoamerica, Tabasco represents an important piece of the region’s historical puzzle.
There are a few intriguing sights—museums in Villahermosa , nearby Maya ruins , and chocolate-producing haciendas —but the state remains well off the beaten track, so travelers with limited time often decide to spend it elsewhere.
However, those who are intrigued by the little-understood Olmec people, or who are committed to seeing less-traveled Maya ruins, will find it’s worthwhile to stop here for a few days.