Villahermosa is not a city with too much focus on tourism, however there are many museums and attractions that keep people coming here. If you wander through the downtown area you will see many cafes, salons de belleza, candy and ice cream shops, and zapateria’s so many you can’t keep count.
The first notable museum that attracts a bit of attention among travelers to this area is the Parque-Museo La Venta. This museum is just below Tabasco. Inside this museum there are over 30 Olmec sculptures that have been taken from their original location in the La Venta .These were re planted in Villahermosa by way of a man names Carlos Pellicer Camara who was anthropologist and tireless poet. Once you pass the entrance you can visit the little area that was dedicated to Carlos Pellicer Camara and why he created this museum and park area and you can also get a bit of the history of the Olmec people. After you walk thought his museum you can walk through the jungle where you have the opportunity to view massive Olmec sculptures and altars and then the path will lead to the zoo within the park. Inside the zoo you will be able to see a lot of wildlife and also many different species of flora and fauna. After you pass the zoo you will stumble on the very large Parque Tomas Garrido Canabal which features a lagoon, with a beautiful alcoves, and many covered up benches and fountains. These benches and fountains are quite popular make-out areas among the teenage population that visits here. On your brochure the mirador claims to give you a 360 degree view of the city, however this is not exactly true because once you reach the summit all you will really be able to see is the lagoon and blossoming trees. This is a long and high hike so you should know that you may want to conserve your efforts. If you would like to get here by bus you should take the bus with the “Palacio”, or “Carrisal” signs on them as they will take you to the ruins in Tabasco and then you must walk 1/2 a mile through the parque where it will then take you to the entrance of the area. The bus will cost 6 pesos, or you can opt to take a taxi for 16 pesos. You can purchase tickets at the local ticket office. The park is open every day from 8am-5pm and the cost for admission is 42 pesos, or you can by a whole day pass which will gain you entrance to the sound and light show that takes place in the evenings and this will cost 110 pesos.
You may also want to check out a smaller museum called the Museo de Historia de Tabasco. When you are here you will be able to see a bunch of artifacts that are not organized or labeled very well but equally interesting. You can also view some old photographs on the history and progress made in Tabasco. The most interesting part of your tour here will be viewing the building that houses the museum. The building is a rich blue color and was originally known as the Casa de los Azuelos which was owned by a wealthy vendor. The name Case de los Azuelos means house of blue tiles. This building was erected in the late 1800′s through the early 1900′s. This building is beautiful and as it has been decorated with tiles from places like Italy and Spain. All the rooms have a different theme and tile design. The roof even contains tiles from Egypt. On top of the beautiful tiles you will get to see a half dozen beautiful sculptures on top of the building which are said to have been the family of the wealthy man who bought the building in the late 1800′s. Inside this museum you will see a really nice bookstore where you can purchase books all about Tabasco. This museum is located on Juarez and there are Spanish and English translations of all the materials here. The museum is open between the months of July and August from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. On Sundays the museum is open from 10am-6pm. The rest of the year the museum remains closed. The price of admission is 16 pesos.
The primary reason people come to visit Villahermosa is the CIMCOM which stands for Centro Para La Investigacion De Las Culturas Olmec Y Maya. The best exhibit within this center is the Museo Regional de Antropologia Carlos Pellicer Camara. This museum is a wonderful representation of the design styles that were portrayed here in the 1970′s. Inside the museum you can find many ancient artifacts of Olmec’s and also Mayan pieces that have been brought over from Comalcalco and also la Venta. Inside the library you will also find a very modern school, theater, and library. To get to this building from the Luz Zone you should walk about 20 minutes along the river and
then take the bus with the label that says “CICOM.” The bus ride will cost 6 pesos and they come very often. The building is open Tues-Sun between the hours of 9am-5pm and the cost of admission is 30 pesos.
If you are looking to have a vacation from the hustle and bustle of the busy town of Villahermosa you should try Yumka. Yumka is located 8 miles from the busy downtown area where you will be able to see wild animals naturally in their habitat with no cages or bars. Inside this area there are a few ecosystems like wetlands, savannah, and also a jungle. You can also purchase souvenirs from this place in their gift shop which is located on the premises. While you are here you make explore in a boat, on foot, or even on a tram. You can catch a bus here from right by the airport on Las Barrancas. The hours to catch the bus are 9am, 10:30am and also noon, and 1:30 pm. The park is open every day between the hours of 9am-4pm. The cost of admission is 55 pesos, and the fee for children under 12 is 26 pesos