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3 Days in Chiapas: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, February 2015

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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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Palenque Combo Tour: Bonampak Archaeological Site and Lacanjá River Rafting, Palenque, null
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Palenque Combo Tour: Bonampak Archaeological Site and Lacanjá River Rafting

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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
Chiapas Rappel Adventure at Sima de las Cotorras, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Hiking & Camping
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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
Route of the Mills Mountain Bike Tour, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Adrenaline & Extreme
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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
Las Nubes Waterfalls and Comitán Day Trip, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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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 Canopy Zipline Tour, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Day Trips
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Chiapas Canopy Zipline Tour

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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

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