There is less land than water in Tabasco. You may believe this just by looking at the Tabasco map. There are so many lakes, wetlands and rivers on it, even further in the rainy season. It’s always hot here, but not so hot if you travel along the Gulf of Mexico or hike in hills of the south part. Most visitors come here just for the brilliant Olmec stone sculpture in Parque-Museo La Venta. But Tabasco is indeed a rewarding part of Mexico. This is the place where both the Maya and the Olmecs once flourished, a vivid capital city with few tourists, charming pre-Hispanic sites, beautiful natural scenery and a relaxed population with the enthusiastic love for música tropical. Pemex, Mexico’s state oil company, has exploited oil offshore and onshore. The oil business has taken Tabasco out of poverty and made it a prosperous state in Mexico.
In 2007, a heavy rainfall from late October to early November had led to a flood disaster. Over 80% of the state was submerged. The federation immediately made a food donation and built emergency shelters. The whole nation joined up to assist the state. The flood waters have gone, but full recovery needs years. In early 2008, a majority of infrastructure, travelers’ services and attractions were restored and start running.