It is the gate to enter the Mexican southeast. Chiapas is a colorful mosaic tinted with the ancestral folklore of our people and coexisting cultures. It is within luxurious landscapes that show amazing blue rivers, waterfalls and lakes as well as exotic jungles, forests and mountains. Chiapas is a meeting point with people from all over the world. It is the eighth biggest state in Mexico; it has a territory of 75,634 km2 that is the 3.8% of the Country's surface. Chiapas is situated between 14º32' and 17º59' in northern latitude and between the meridians 90º22' and 94º15' in western longitude. Chiapas is bounded by Tabasco to the north, Guatemala to the east, Veracruz and Oaxaca to the west and Pacific Ocean to the south.
In Chiapas is concentrated 30% of Country's superficial water which is the source of several rivers like Grijalva, the largest in Mexico, and others like Usumacinta, Lacantum and Jataté. There are also important hydroelectric plants as Belisario Domínguez, Nezahualcoyotl, Peñitas and Chicoasen.
Chiapas has 37 Biosphere Reserves, Montes Azules Biosphere is one of the most important protected areas and it is a patrimony of humanity because it has the largest hydrologic region in the country. La Sepultura Biosphere is one of the most beautiful protected areas with its mountains and unique landscapes. La Encrucijada Biosphere owns the highest mangrove areas of American Pacific Ocean. El Ocote Biosphere is considered as one of the most important cavernous complex in the world. El Triunfo Biosphere has numerous animal and vegetal species in its fog wood and rainforest, some of them are in danger of extinction for example the quetzal bird.
There are 20,102 towns and cities in Chiapas , they are distributed in 118 municipalities that are classified in 9 economic regions: I Centro, II Altos, III Fronteriza, IV Frailesca; V Norte, VI Selva VII Sierra, VIII Soconusco, and IX Istmo Costa. We are 4,796, 580 inhabitants, and we are the seventh state in range of population. Approximately a half of the population is young. Women are 51.4% and the men 48.6 % of the total of the population in Chiapas.
Population in Chiapas is distributed in two main groups, 49 % urban and 51 rural %. The main cities in Chiapas are: The capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Tapachula, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Ocosingo, Comitán de Dominguez and Palenque. 51 % of the population are indigenous, grouped in nine etnias, each one with own identity, which they demonstrate in religious, cultural bosses and forms of government. Inside the most representative groups are: the Tseltales, Tsotsiles, Zoques and Lacandones.
Infrastructure in communications
Chiapas has 21,790 kilometers of main roads that join the state's cities. The airports that connect Chiapas with the rest of the country and some cities abroad: Angel Albino Corzo and Tapachula International Airports. Puerto Chiapas is considered an important harbour in Mexico because it has an extension of 2,340,000 MI and it develops important fishery, commercial, tourist and industrial activities.
Nowadays Chiapas is considered by national and international entrepreneurs a trustful place to invest. Business in Chiapas has grown up considerably in the latest years, and now there are more supermarkets, commercial malls and restaurant franchises. In Chiapas the economically active population (PEA) is 1,759,039; the working population is predominantly masculine with 1,205,172 and the women with 512, 809.