Discover Chiapas Mexico

From Tuxtla to Merida
  • Mexico
  • Cultural Experiences
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Tour Description

Discover the Chiapas region of Mexico, rich in indigenous culture on our 6 day Chiapas tour. 

This region, full of jungles and mountains, located in southern Mexico and sharing a border with Guatemala, is often a highlight of a Mexico itinerary. Stay in the charming colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, a great base from which to explore the nearby villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Visit their famous church blending traditional practices with Catholic traditions, shop in the local markets and visit weavers homes, to learn more of the local culture direct from those who are descended from the ancient Maya. Explore the walled city of Campeche, known for its beautifully preserved baroque colonial buildings, and fort that was constructed in response to pirate attacks.  

Discover a range of Mayan archaeological sites including the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palenque, as well as Bonapak, Yaxchilan, Uxmal, and Kabah, each with something unique to learn about. The speedboat ride down Sumidero Canyon and a visit to Agua Azul waterfalls will  introduce you to some of the region's most breathtaking natural sights. 

Discover Chiapas is perfect for those wanting to delve a little deeper in Mexico, and is designed to combine with our Signature Mexico tour. 

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Get a little taste of the jungle, waterfalls and canyons of Mexico, including a boat trip up the Sumidero Canyon, and the stunning Agua Azul with its 500 cascading waterfalls and pools.

Discover some of the traditional cultures, customs and beliefs of indigenous Mexico, when you visit two Tzotzil Indian Villages, San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan, as well as San Cristobal de las Casas.

Listen for howler monkeys and spot toucans while exploring the classical Mayan site of Palenque, surrounded by jungle.

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Tuxtla San Cristobal

On arrival at Tuxtla airport you will be whisked away and welcomed to the area with a thrilling motorboat ride on the Grijalva River through the Sumidero Canyon. Enroute you will visit the colonial town of Chiapas de Corzo. There you will discover the temple ruins, thought to have links to the Olmecs, the oldest known civilization of Mesoamerica. The town’s main square, complete with a sacred Pochota tree, and the local markets are more sights to explore. You will continue to San Cristobal de las Casas for two nights. This colonial town has cobblestone streets and buildings with red roofs and stucco walls.

Please note; Flight arrival to Tuxtla Guiterrez Airport must be before 12:30pm

Day 2
San Cristobal & Tzotzil Indian Village Tour

Today you will explore the town centre of San Cristobal de las Casas. Highlights include the main plaza, the Cathedral de San Cristobal, the Templo de Santo Domingo Church and the Mercardo de Dulces y Artesanias Ambar. Next you will head to the Chiapas highlands to visit two Tzotzil Indian Villages, San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. During your visit you will uncover the unique customs and beliefs of the people of these villages who are descendants of the ancient Maya.

A visit to the San Juan Chamula Church, complete with its striking white façade, chanting worshippers, candles and incense smoke, will leave an impression. In Zinacantan explore the local handicraft market and it’s two churches, the Iglesia de San Lorenzo and the Iglesia Adventista Del Septimo Dia De Zinacantan.

Day 3
San Cristobal - Agua Azul Palenque

From San Cristobal de las Casas you will drive to Agua Azul, a series of five hundred blue waterfalls located on the Xanil River. Surrounded by rainforest, the turquoise waters of Agua Azul cascade into pools where you can take a swim whilst enjoying nature at its finest. Continuing from Agua Azul you will travel to the town of Palenque, the gateway to the Maya temples which share the town’s name.

Day 4
Bonampak & Yaxchilan Tour

Today you will visit the archaeological site of Bonampak. Set within the dense jungle, the ruins of this ancient Maya city lay hidden until 1946. Known for its colourful murals depicting Mayan life and mythology, with its frescos completed in 790 AD. From Bonampak you will head to the border town of Frontera Corozal and board a boat to travel along the Usumacinta River which separates Mexico and Guatemala. Arriving in Yaxchilan you will visit the ruins of this significant Maya site. There are three main complexes, the Great Plaza, the Grand Acropolis and the Small Acropolis, with around 120 structures in total to explore.

Day 5
Palenque Ruins Campeche

Today we’ll head to the UNESCO World Heritage listed ruins of Palenque. The site consists of around five hundred buildings set within the natural surroundings of the Tumbala Mountains and amongst the cedar, mahogany and sapodilla trees of the jungle. This environment also provides a habitat for the local toucans and howler monkeys. Highlights of the ruins include the Temple of Inscriptions, or El Palacio, and the Temple of the Crosses. From Palenque, we’ll continue to the walled port city of Campeche for the night.

Day 6
Campeche via Uxmal & Kabah Merida

Departing Campeche, you will travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site in Uxmal. This ancient Maya city is considered one of the best preserved ruins with highlights including the Great Pyramid, The Pyramid of the Magician, the Quadrangle of the Birds and the Quadrangle of the Nuns. From Uxmal you will visit Kabah, the second largest ruin in the Puuc region. Here, a guide will take you to Codz-Pop, the most preserved and restored building at this site. In the afternoon you will arrive in Merida, the vibrant capital of the state of Yucatan. Merida is a foodie haven and there are several attractions to visit from its grand museum, main plaza and cathedrals to its nearby underwater cenotes.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Standard accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Included Copy 31 Upgrade to superior or deluxe accommodation
Food
  • Included Copy 20 Other meals where stated
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Airport transfers
  • Included Copy 20 Guided tours with local English speaking guide
  • Included Copy 7 International Flights, Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable), tips, travel insurance
Transportation
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Activities

  • Included Take a boat ride through spectacular Sumidero Canyon
  • Included Discover ruins, thought to have links to the Olmecs, the oldest known civilization of Mesoamerica.
  • Included Witness bright blue waterfalls of Agua Azul
  • Included Journey into the jungle to discover the Mayan sites of Yaxchilan and Bonampak
  • Included Explore two Tzotzil Indian Villages, San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan
  • Included Listen for howler monkeys and spot toucans while exploring the classical Mayan site of Palenque
  • Included Visit the colourful coastal port town of Campeche
  • Included Enjoy two of Mexico’s most beautiful Mayan cities, Uxmal and Kabah.
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$1,752 USD

Per person, twin share

Daily departures