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3 Days in Chiapas: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2014

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Whether you’re looking to visit the famous Mayan ruins of Palenque or brush up on your Spanish in the central hub of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico’s southernmost state is home to some of the country’s most impressive natural and historic sights. You could spend weeks exploring the wilderness of the vast Lacandon Jungle or hiking in the region’s many protected reserves, but with just threedays to spend in Chiapas, here are the highlights.

Day 1: Discover the ruins of Palenque
Take a day tour to the UNESCO-listed ruins of Palenque, one of Mexico’s most celebrated Mayan sites, where you can learn about the ancient civilization, marvel over the dramatically-situated Temples of the Crosses and view King Pakal’s tomb in the exquisitely decorated Temple of the Inscriptions. Combine your trip with a visit to the nearby waterfalls of Misol Ha and Agua Azul, both equally impressive natural landmarks, where you can cool off after a long day’s sightseeing with a swim beneath the falls.

Day 2: Cruise through the Sumidero Canyon
Get an early start and take a stroll around the pretty colonial town of Chiapa de Corzo, before hopping on a boat tour through the Sumidero Canyon, Mexico’s deepest canyon. With the cliff-sides towering up to 1,000 meters high, the gorge makes a dramatic backdrop for a boat cruise, dotted with unique landmarks like the Cave of Colours and aptly named Christmas Tree waterfall, which has to be seen to be believed. Next, head to nearby Tuxtla Gutierrez, the state capital, where you can admire the colonial architecture, stock up on souvenirs at the arts and crafts markets and visit one of the country’s best zoos.

Day 3: Take a day tour to Yaxchilan and Bonampak
Travel to the south of the state to visit two of Chiapas most interesting Mayan sites, tucked away in the depths of the Lacandon Jungle. Yaxchilán is the biggest of the two and as it’s reachable only by boat, getting there is an adventure in itself, whereas nearby Bonampak is most famous for its impressive murals. If you’ve still got energy to burn, there are ample options for hiking, horseback riding or boat trips in the surrounding rainforest.

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Chiapas Archeological Tour from Palenque: Yaxchilan and Bonampak by Land and Water

Visit two of Chiapas’ Mayan archeological sites on this day trip from Palenque. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll explore Yaxchilan, one of the Mayan world’s ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99

Lacandon Jungle Adventure Including Bonampak Archeological Site from Palenque

Discover the cultural and natural attractions of the Lacandon Jungle on this day trip from Palenque. After a scenic drive through the jungle, you’ll tour the ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.99

Chiapas Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour

Learn about the traditional customs of Mexico’s native Tzotzil people, a Mayan group, on this tour to two indigenous villages in the Chiapas Highlands. With an ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristobal de las Casas
Duration: 5 hours or 6 hours

From USD $66.99

Route of the Mills Mountain Bike Tour

Get a taste of Mexican nature, adventure and culture, all wrapped up in one guided mountain biking trip. Ride for 15 miles (24 km) in all, passing by 18th- and ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas
Duration: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - 8 hours
San Cristóbal de las Casas - 6 hours

From USD $108.79

Chiapas Canopy Zipline Tour

Have you ever wanted to fly through the sky above a forest? This zipline tour through the rainforest from San Cristóbal or Tuxtla Gutiérrez is your ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas
Duration: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - 6 hours
San Cristóbal de las Casas - 4 hours

From USD $72.59

Palenque Combo Tour: Bonampak Archaeological Site and Lacanjá River Rafting

Get to know both the natural and cultural sides of the Lacandon Jungle on this full-day excursion from Palenque. Spend the day enjoying the diverse offerings ...  Read more

Location: Palenque, Mexico
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.99

Las Nubes Waterfalls and Comitán Day Trip

Enjoy a refreshing day of culture and nature on this full-day trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas to artsy, colonial ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.99

Chiapas Rappel Adventure at Sima de las Cotorras

This rappel adventure is a thrilling way to explore the natural beauty and cultural history of Mexico. Your expert guide will instruct you how to rappel ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas
Duration: Tuxtla Gutiérrez - 7 hours
San Cristóbal de las Casas - 9 hours

From USD $149.99

Chiapa de Corzo Day Trip and Sumidero Canyon Scenic Boat Ride

Visit one of Chiapas’ most popular natural sites on this tour to Sumidero Canyon National Park. Your experience begins in the historical town of Chiapa de ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristobal de las Casas
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.99

El Chiflón Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes National Park Day Trip

Discover two of southeastern Chiapas’ natural wonders on this tour to El Chiflón waterfall and Montebello Lakes National Park. At El Chiflón, you can ...  Read more

Location: Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristobal de las Casas
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.99

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