The small colonial town Comitán de Domínguez in the south of Chiapas lies off the beaten tourist tracks.
It owes its name suffix to Belisario Domínguez, doctor and later congressman, who paid with his life for his blazing speech against dictator Huerta in 1913 when he was murdered shortly afterwards by his henchmen.
His former residence, now a museum, is one of Comitán’s monuments, along with the church of Santo Domingo, the archaeological collection and the art museum, which line up around the pretty main square.
In addition to its architectural heritage, Comitán also has a strong gastronomic and folkloric tradition, which led to its inclusion in the Mexican “Pueblos Mágicos” (Magic Places) programme in 2012.
But above all, Comitán is the starting point for visiting the cultural and scenic treasures in the south of Chiapas.
These include the Mayan sites of Chinkultic and Tenam Puente, which are only partially uncovered and rarely visited, as well as the waterfalls of El Chiflón and Las Nubes or the national park of the Lagunas de Montebello.
The best way to visit Comitán is to rent a car for a longer period of time, which also includes the famous highlights as Palenque, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Yaxchilán and Bonampak.