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Pyramids Park/Museum La Venta (Tabasco)

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Olmecs are the oldest known civilization in Mexico (1200 - 400 BC) still covered by a veil of mystery. Originally they inhabitad the Golf coast, most of their cities and pyramids built from clay did not survive till today and so the only witnesses of their history are the huge basalt heads. You can see those, plus some structures resembling thrones in the beautiful open air park La Venta, Villahermosa. It is a beautiful place to walk around, and probably the only archeological site in Mexico where you don´t need to climb any stairs!!! :)

The Olmec statues exhibited now in the park were transported here from their original place, a small island La Venta surrounded by moats some 70 kilometers from Villahermosa.

What here: Parque-museo La Venta is half museum half zoo. While some animals (like jaguars, crocodiles, monkeys and others) are behind barrs, coatis move freely. They climb on the benches, play on the hanging bridge or poke about the the foliadge around the path not minding you at all! Count with a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for the visit, the well kept shadowy path will lead you through the park and zoo. Appart from the Olmec heads and thrones you can also find few rather strange engravings of bearded men with swords. Geneticlly it is prooven that indians do not grow beard. How did these strange men got on Olmecs´Stelees from 800-400 B. C., nobody can explain ...

Entrance fee: 40 pesos.

Plan of the park:

How to get here: Take a cab from the center of Villahermosa (about 30-40 pesos). If you do not feel like staying in Villahermosa, you can also see the park La Venta as a one day trip from Palenque (one way takes from 2,5 to 3 hours).