May 20, 2009, 9:14 AM
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Speaking of hazards and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, I lived and worked there for our first 3 years in Mexico. For most of that time we owned a home in the Zoque Indian village of Copoya, in the mountains south of the city, but in actuality the village had already been annexed by Tuxtla and was beginning to receive city services.
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I loved Tuxtla and all the gorgeous surroundings. As beautiful as anywhere on Earth
Thanks, Carron for the accolades for Chiapas´ fabulous state capital of Tuxtla Gurierrez - a true tropical non-coastal city at about 1,200 feet altitude on the so- called Chiapas Depression or what I would call the Chiapas low-lying tableland between the Chiapas Highlands with elevations between 7,000 and 12,000 feet and the "Tierra Caliente" or hot lands of the Pacific Coast. Unbeknownst to most, Tuxtla Gutierrez and its beautiul suburb of Chiapa de Corzo are actually in an an ariid zone I would describe as semi-desert. The wet tropics are on the northeastern side of the Sierra de Chiapas consisting of the tropical flatland jungles and wetlands from about Agua Azul to the Gulf of Mexico at Tabasco and Veracruz and Campeche states.
Here is what Tuxtla Gutierrez offers the retiree:
* A city of about 1,000,000 people with all the urban advantages including excellent restaurants, shopping centers and other desireable urban amenities.
* Luxurious housing with splendid gardens for $3,000,000 Pesos or under. Modest but attractive housing for peanuts.
* Some of the best restaurants for local food in all of Mexico. Great lamb, rabbit, chicken, beef, pork, tamales. tacos, I´m sorry I can´t go on as I´m getting hungry.
* Great views if you live in the hills surrounding the city.
* Good, if not great hospitals and physicians.What do you want? You´re on the way out anyway.
* 45 Minutes to the cool Jovel Valley and the beautiful colonial city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas and incredible alpine forests with splendid views and quaint and colorful indigenous villages.
* Six hours to the jungles and extraordinary ruins at Palenque.
* A couple of hours to the isolated and practically uninhabited Pacific coast of Chiapas.
* Within easy driving distance of the Yucatan Peninsula with its marvelous ruins and mind-blowing Caribbean beaches.
* Maybe four hours from the beautiful Ruta de Cafe and its green beyond green environment with interspersed coffee plantations and ecolodges and, if one alternatively heads toward the Lacandon Forest, impenetrable tropical forests of immense beauty.
Don´t head for that place which has already been exploited just like Betty Sue Johnson where the whole football team has resided at one point or the other.
If I had it to do over, I´d move to Tuxtla Gutierrez before I moved to nearby San Cristóbal in a New York second. Do not listen to those who have already soiled the couch.
(This post was edited by Brigitte Ordoquy on May 20, 2009, 9:30 AM)