Guided tour

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

4.6 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider:Jalapeño
Guided tour

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

Activity provider:Jalapeño

From US$ 35 per person

Learn more about the everyday lives and traditions of the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán on a day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas.

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Duration 5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit the indigenous town of San Juan Chamula
  • Meet the Tzotzil Maya artisans of Zinacantán
  • Buy local looms and indigenous crafts
Full description
Learn more about the everyday lives and ancient beliefs of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people on an amazing day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the town of San Juan Chamula to get a better understanding of the mix of contemporary culture and ancient traditions that gives the town its unique aspect. Continue to Zinacantán, where the majority of the population are Tzotzil Maya indigenous people. Visit the church and the home of a family co-operative, where you will be welcomed with a regional drink and can watch the women at work on pre-Columbian waist looms. Get invited into their kitchen to taste their traditional handmade tortillas before the return journey to San Cristóbal de las Casas.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Spanish-speaking driver
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet at Al Grano Café, Portal Oriente 9. Col. Centro, San Cristóbal de las Casas.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Video recording
  • Cameras

Know before you go

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions. Dress appropriately
  • The duration of the transfers is approximate and will depend on the time of day and traffic
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 39 reviews

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This tour is amazing, if you pass by San Cristobal you have to do it! It's an incredible occasion to know more about indigenous communities. The tour guide is very well planned, really nice also the second part of the tour where they bring you in the weaving mill and let you taste some local drink/food. You will be really lucky if you have Rodrigo as a guide, he's great at translating everything for you in English and Spanish at the same time and his knowledge is unbelievable! Would do it again if I could!

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January 10, 2023

As with other tours that I've taken this week in Chiapas, this tour is touted as being in English. This was a bilingual tour, with 4 participants there ofr the English guide. The guide would always address the dozen Spanish speakers first, speaking at length (5+ minutes) and then dismiss them. Turning to the four of us, we would hear perhaps as much as 90 seconds of material. When discussing it with them afterwards, we all expressed that we felt shortchanged. Be that as it may, this is a most intereesting tour as far as the places visited. Close enough to San Cristobal to not fatigue due to transportation, and enough time at both venies to explore.

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February 21, 2022

Really cool experience. Alonso was really approachable and was leading the tour in both English and Spanish really well. His stories were eye-opening and really useful. Some parts of the tour (greenhouse and posh tasting) were only in Spanish though. Definitely enjoyed this chilled tour.

January 1, 2020

Product ID: 112333