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Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

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.

San Cristobal: Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula Tour

San Cristobal: Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula Tour

Explore the vibrant culture of Chiapas with a 3.5-hour tour to the indigenous villages of Zinacantan and San Juan Chamula. Departing at 9:30 AM, the tour offers a comprehensive understanding of the history, customs, and traditions of the region. The journey begins with a reception at your hotel or the agency, followed by a visit to the town of San Juan Chamula. Spend two hours exploring the surroundings, visiting the church, and observing the unique rituals inside. Enjoy free time to wander the square. Next, visit the town of Zinacantan for an hour, including a visit to a local indigenous family. Witness the textile-making process, indulge in a gastronomic tasting, and learn about the town's history. The tour is suitable for ages 0-60, with a maximum of 14 participants per group. The approximate return time is 1:30 PM. The tour includes an air-conditioned vehicle, payments for town access, bilingual guides, and travel insurance. Breakfast is not included.

From San Cristobal: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán Tour

From San Cristobal: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán Tour

Departure at 9.30 am at the reception of your hotel we moved to the indigenous village of San Juan Chamula is a Tzotzil community, distant pre-Hispanic origin that exercises its authority based on the uses and customs. San Juan Bautista, San Pedro, San Sebastian, are the three neighborhoods that make up this ceremonial center, each with its own pantheon presided over by giant crosses featuring Chul Metic (Mother God) and Chul Totic (Father God), there is the seat of authority and the place where religious syncretism gives its maximum expression: the temple of San Juan Bautista, whose deep meaning blends Christian tradition with pre-Hispanic roots. Continuing with the tours we move to the indigenous town of Zinacantan, a Tzotzil town "Place of Bats" where the sacred spaces are marked by the hills that surround the small valley and the complex formed by the church San Lorenzo, of colonial origin but remodeled in the early twentieth century and the chapels of Esquipulas and San Sebastian.

San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

Learn about the indigenous communities of the state of Chiapas on a 5-hour cultural tour of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. A local guide will explain the history of the region, famous for its blend of Mayan beliefs and Catholicism. Go to the Church of San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) to admire the beautiful façade and peek inside at the arrangement of altars, where the Catholic saints are dressed according to indigenous customs. Learn about the native people and their traditions, and how ancient Mayan beliefs intertwine with modern day Catholic practices. Continue to Zinacantan, near San Cristobal de las Casas, and visit the Church of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence). Watch the laborious handicrafts of the weaver women, who, with a loom at their waists, produce magnificent textile pieces, including tablecloths, bedspreads, cushion covers and traditional huipiles (ponchos).

Tour to San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan

Tour to San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan

Join this original tour of San Cristobal de Las Casas, a mix of Indigenous and local villages full of colors and traditions. San Cristobal is made up of a series of traditional barrios (neighborhoods), each of which is known for a particular trade or custom, such as ironworking, carpentry, and woodcarving. On this tour, you will visit San Juan Chamula village who owns a church unlike any other. The picturesque, centuries-old Iglesia San Juan has whitewashed walls and a brightly painted entrance that looks out upon the town square. After you will visit Zinacantan village, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about the work of the women of Zinacantán, who weave uniquely beautiful textiles with a special loom attached to their belts. Having admired the traditional hupiles and blankets, you'll then have the opportunity to taste the local fare and try a local dish.

From San Cristobal: Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula Tour

From San Cristobal: Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula Tour

Start your journey from the beautiful city of San Cristóbal de Las Casas at "Cafetería Al Grano", and make your way to the enigmatic and beautiful indigenous town of San Juan Chamula, a Maya-Tzotzil community governed by its own customs and traditions. Here,visit the main temple dedicated to San Juan Bautista, a place considered by locals as a mystical and sacred temple where photography is prohibited inside the church. Arrive at the picturesque community of Zinacantán. Here, explore the rich culture and traditions of the community and marvel at their impressive handmade crafts and textiles. From the vibrant market to their colorful homes, Zinacantán is a place that will leave you fascinated and inspire you to discover even more about the richness of Mexican culture. To conclude this adventure, back to San Cristóbal de Las Casas and drop them off at "Cafetería Al Grano" in the city center, in front of the central park, so that you can return to your accommodation on your own to rest and enjoy the unforgettable memories that your mind and heart have created with this wonderful trip.

From Tuxtla Gutierrez: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán Tour

From Tuxtla Gutierrez: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán Tour

We depart from the front desk of your hotel at 9,30 am and travel to the Tzotzil community of San Juan Chamula, which is 10 kilometers from San Cristóbal de las Casas. originating before the Spanish conquest and basing its exercise of power on usages and customs. The three communities that make up this ceremonial center are San Juan Bautista, San Pedro, and San Sebastián, each having a pantheon ruled over by enormous crosses that depict Chul Metic (God the Mother) and Chul Totic (God the Father). The San Juan Bautista temple, whose deep meaning blends Christian heritage with pre-Hispanic roots, is both the seat of authority and the location where religious syncretism manifests itself to its fullest. Following the tours, we travel to Zinacantan, also known as the "Place of Bats," a Tzotzil town where the sacred spaces are indicated by the hills that surround the small valley and the complex formed by the San Lorenzo church, a colonial structure that was renovated at the turn of the 20th century, as well as the chapels of Esquipulas and San Sebastián.

Tuxtla: Magic of Chiapas 7-day Tour

Tuxtla: Magic of Chiapas 7-day Tour

Experience the enchanting beauty of Chiapas on a comprehensive 7-day private tour. Each day offers a new adventure, allowing you to explore the diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this remarkable region. Day 1: Transfer to San Cristóbal de las Casas Begin your journey with a pickup from Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport and transfer to the charming city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, nestled amidst the mountains. Day 2: Cañón del Sumidero and Chiapa de Corzo Embark on an adventure to the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon, where towering cliffs and diverse wildlife await. Visit the viewpoints for stunning vistas before exploring the historic town of Chiapa de Corzo. Day 3: El Chiflón Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes Discover the natural wonders of Chiapas with a visit to the majestic Chiflón Waterfalls and the picturesque Montebello Lakes, known for their stunning turquoise waters. Day 4: San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan Immerse yourself in the indigenous culture of Chiapas as you visit the mystical town of San Juan Chamula and the traditional village of Zinacantan. Explore ancient rituals and craftsmanship before returning to San Cristóbal de las Casas. Day 5: Agua Azul & Misol - Ha Experience the magic of Agua Azul Waterfalls and Misol-Ha, two of Chiapas' most beautiful natural attractions. Marvel at the cascading waterfalls and refreshing pools before continuing your journey to Palenque. Day 6: Palenque Archaeological Zone and Roberto Barrios Waterfalls Step back in time as you explore the ancient ruins of Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its Mayan architecture. Then, cool off at the stunning Roberto Barrios Waterfalls before returning to San Cristóbal de las Casas or continuing to Villahermosa for departures. Day 7: Departure Conclude your adventure with a transfer to Villahermosa Airport or Tuxtla Gutiérrez Airport, marking the end of your unforgettable journey through Chiapas.

Chiapas: San Juan Chamula - Zinacantán

Chiapas: San Juan Chamula - Zinacantán

We begin our tour in Chiapas at 9:30 in the morning, picking you up at your respective Hotel in San Cristóbal, and then taking the San Cristobal highway in the highlands of Chiapas, which is half an hour; visiting first: SAN JUAN CHAMULA CHIAPAS, where we will learn about its history and customs, such as religious syncretism, in which you can see healers healing their people with candles, chickens, eggs and ‘posh’ (regional alcoholic beverage). We will also see their typical Chiapas customs made of sheep wool. The sheep is considered another member of the family, because thanks to its wool they cover themselves from the cold and in gratitude, when the sheep dies, they bury it. Something that is very interesting is that it is a 100% Catholic town, there is no other religion other than Catholic. It is also a town where polygamy is practiced by custom. The language they speak is Tzotzil. In Chiapas, it is one of the most recognized ethnic groups for their deep-rooted customs and how united they are. At the end of our visit in the town of San Juan Chamula, we will move to ZINACANTÁN, another town of the Tzotzil ethnic group, which is located 10 km from the city of San Cristobal de las Casas. The road along which you drive passes through the Labor de Esquipulas, a beautiful example of the rural architecture of the Highlands of Chiapas. Later, bordering the foots of the ‘Huitepec’ hill, where an ecological reserve with trails has been established, to appreciate the flora and fauna of the temperate regions of Chiapas, we will have the opportunity to visit a Zinacanteca family, to see how they make their typical costumes and how they use the backstrap loom technique. We will go to the kitchen to taste some handmade tortillas, made by themselves. There, you can take photos and talk with them to learn a little more about their customs. The sacred spaces are marked by the hills that surround the small valley and the complex formed by the church of San Lorenzo.

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