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San Cristóbal de las Casas Neighborhood tours

Our most recommended San Cristóbal de las Casas Neighborhood tours

From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

1. From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

Following pick-up from your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas, head towards the ancient Maya city of Palenque and stop at the amazing waterfalls of Agua Azul along the way. Gaze in awe at the cascades, formed by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá and Tulijá rivers and shallow canyons banked by vertical cliffs. Get the chance to cool down with a swim, time permitting, and marvel at the different areas and landscapes of the natural wonder. Continue to the waterfalls of Misol-Ha, where the water can rise to heights of up to 30 meters in the natural rainforest surroundings. Then, discover the ruins of the Maya civilization at the archaeological site of Palenque. Admire the impressive buildings and structures of the former city state, including the Temple of the Foliated Cross and Temple of the Sun in the stunning Temple of the Cross group of step pyramids. Return to San Cristóbal at the end of the day for drop off at a central location.

Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

2. Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

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.

Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

3. Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

This 12-hour tour takes you from San Cristobal de las Casas in the morning to Lagos de Montebello. Head first to the Chiflón waterfall, a natural freefall of water surrounded by reeds and palm groves. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Montebello Lakes in a nature reserve that is Mexico's most beautiful lake district. The reserve comprises acres of pines, oaks and rainforest where, weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to enjoy views of the many lakes and the varying colors of the waters. After visiting this picturesque natural environment, the tour returns to San Cristobal de Las Casas, arriving in the early evening.

San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

4. San Cristóbal de Las Casas: Mayan Chocolate Workshop

It will start at 12:00 p.m. The starting point is from a central point in San Cristóbal de Las Casas. We will hike to get to the place where you will take the chocolate making workshop. First you will learn to differentiate the aromas of cocoa. You will select the best cocoa, so that later you take it to the comal and brown it on its tip. Later you will remove the shell of the cocoa beans, which are used to make different products. You will grind the cocoa beans in an old mill, this will allow you to create a paste, to which you will put hot water to be able to mold it while adding sugar to taste. You will put the Pasta in a mold, you will shake it so that it takes the rectangular shape. The mold with the pasta will be refrigerated. You will taste while your chocolate bar freezes a small cup of chocolate. At the end you will be given your chocolate bar. We finish at the same central point where you started the experience.

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What people are saying about San Cristóbal de las Casas

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 19 reviews

We had a very nice guide - Miguel. Even though the tour was announced as in Spanish he spoke Spanish and English (the guide at the raft did speak only Spanish - so be aware you will not understand everything if you don’t speak Spanish) and did a great job to integrate everyone. The waterfalls are beautiful- we had 2 hours. I would have liked more time but it was enough to go all the way up and down again taking our time taking photos. Others didn’t go all the way or went down by zip line. I loved the lakes - after a quick lunch we went on an almost 1 1/2 hour rafting tour on the first beautiful lake which included a 10 minute detour to a smaller lake. I liked the information he gave about the lake. Afterwards, we went to the border with Guatemala to see two other lakes. I found we had ample time to see and enjoy everything. The drive is very long though. We only got back at 9.30 pm, so I was glad, we didn’t get cut short on the sights

It seems to me an essential tour if you are traveling through the San Cristóbal area. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get to know a bit of the local indigenous culture. The tour itinerary is very well designed. It is very dynamic and fun. If you are also lucky enough to have Alonso as your guide, the experience will undoubtedly be unforgettable. It was 10.

Great driver and it was a fun adventure! The waterfall is huge. I would have been happy only going to the last lake that had the island. The other two lakes were not necessary to go to in my opinion and only made the day longer. Great day trip though!

the guide-driver was very friendly and very informative and explained to us what was necessary about the places where we went as well as his recommendations of what to take and what to leave in the van, the transportation was very comfortable

Excellent trip because it immerses you in the reality of the culture of the town and how uses and customs are mixed with the Catholic religion