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Zinacantán Tours

Zinacantán
With a population that’s 99.1 percent Tzotzil Maya, Zinacantan is a destination for travelers who want to witness and explore the lifestyle and history of Mexico’s indigenous people. Visitors can learn about animist traditions and Catholic influence on a visit to one of the town’s churches or visit local artisans creating traditional clothing. A small market selling handmade Mayan goods proves a perfect place to purchase souvenirs or sample local fare. And while this village is worth a visit any time of year, visitors say a guide can help ease the feeling of being an outsider during non-festival seasons when travelers are few and far between. 

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Zinacantan is located in the southern part of the Central Chiapas highlands. The Feast of Sain Lawrence, the town’s patron saint, takes place each year from August 8 through August 10. Guided tours are a popular option since public transport between Chamula and Zinacantan is nearly impossible to find.
Address: Zinacantan, Mexico
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15 Tours and Activities to Experience Zinacantán

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Bus & Minivan Tours

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Pueblos Mágicos

Comunidades indígenasEmprendemos nuestro viaje a las 9:00 am, hacia el pueblo de Zinacantán lugar donde apreciaremos la elaboración de los telares, si gustan probar su gastronomía típica pasando a una cocina (todo natural) y convivencia con una familia de la etnia tzotzil.Posteriormente vamos San Juan Chamula pueblo indígena más importante de Chiapas, donde se conocen los rituales que los habitantes de la comunidad practican con devoción y solemnidad única.Por último estaríamos llegando a San Cristóbal de las Casas pueblo mágico, en donde podremos visitar el museo del ámbar, museo de jade, los andadores turísticos por si son católicos la catedral. Tiempo para comer.
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  • 12 hours
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Communities Tour - Departure from San Cristóbal de las Casas

In this tour you can meet 2 indigenous communities of the State of Chiapas and do activities. You will appreciate the church of San Sebastián in Zinacantán. Subsequently, an indigenous family will show us how artisans make beautiful textiles, recognized for their beauty and color. We will also taste their famous Pox drink, brandy made from corn. We continue to San Juan Chamula; there the fusion between the Catholic Church and Mayan pre-Hispanic traditions is lived, and we will visit the San Juan Bautista Church, observing with respect their unique rites and traditions.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas

Let a guide navigate and translate for you on a day trip to 2 indigenous villages in Chiapas. On walking tours of each town, gain an understanding of indigenous culture and tradition you won’t find in guidebooks. After visiting an artisan market, sit down with a local family for a meal of fresh tortillas, beans, and organic coffee. Round-trip transport from San Cristobal is included for your convenience.
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  • 6 hours
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Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan Indigenous Communities

Leave the tourist track behind on this visit to the indigenous communities of the Tzotzil ethnic group of Mexico. The tour includes a visit to the town of San Juan Chamula to see the fusion of contemporary and ancient Mayan traditions, and a tour of Zinacantan to see locals working pre-Columbian waist looms and to sample handmade tortillas and regional drinks.
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Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

Travelers hoping to get off the tourist track and experience indigenous culture up close will enjoy this trip to the villages of Chamula and Zinacantan. The day begins with a visit to a local family Zinacantán to learn about pre-Hispanic weaving and tortilla-making, and taste the traditional drink, Pox. The next stop is the Mayan village of San Juan Chamula, where you’ll experience a shaman ritual in the native Tzotzil language.
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  • 5 hours
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Tour to San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan

Explore the city of San Cristobal de Las Casas along with nearby indigenous villages on a small-group full-day tour led by a local guide. See the highlights of San Cristobal's historical center including the Zocalo (main plaza), the Cathedral, and several Spanish colonial buildings with impressive archiecture. Head to the central market and Santo Domingo Church before continuing to the small villages of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinancantan. Have the option to include a visit to the Na Bolom Museum to complete your small-group tour.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Customs of indigenous peoples of Chiapas

I grew up with the traditions and legends of indigenous and mestizo peoples of Chiapas, where I come from and learned them from my grandparents, parents and later, during my university career, I delved into several historical and social aspects. I also lived a historical moment in my city, witnessing the armed revolution of the EZLN (Zapatistas). My passion for the history and traditions of San Cristobal and Chiapas continues to be more and more alive and I enjoy sharing it with the visitors of Chiapas, which I have been receiving very positive comments for 10 years.
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Cultural Tours

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Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula - Tours Tuxtla Gutierrez

Zinacantán & San Juan Chamula - Departure in the city of Tuxtla GutierrezDeparture at 06:50 am to the indigenous community of SAN JUAN CHAMULA, in this indigenous community we will visit the church where we can appreciate the people in typical costumes performing rituals inside the temple, then we will take 1 hour to visit the surroundings. Then we will continue with the tour to another indigenous town “SAN LORENZO ZINACANTÁN” native to the Tzotzil indigenous language, where you can buy handicrafts or make a photo session with the typical wedding dress of the town, you can also taste traditional food and brandy of community. We finish the tours and return to the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez. Return approximately 18:00 hours.End of service
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Day of the Dead Tour in San Cristobal de las Casas

- Transfer to the Mayan-Tzotzil villages of the highlands of Chiapas. We will start visiting the indigenous community of Zinacantán "place of bats" we will visit the pantheon, to observe how to celebrate this day mainly.- Transfer to the community of San Juan Chamula, where we will observe the fusion between the Catholic Church and pre-Hispanic (Mayan) traditions. We will visit the San Juan Bautista Church where we will have the opportunity to observe with respect their unique rites and traditions in this region as well as the pantheon and respectfully observe their prayers, rituals etc ...- Visit the Romerillo Community, its great crosses, its music, the sound of your prayers will envelop you. The worldview of death in these three communities will give you the opportunity to know and live our pre-Hispanic cultures. Do not miss it is a unique event!
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  • 6 hours
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Cultural Tours

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San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán Indigenous Communities

With Chiapas Viajes you will enter the heart of the Mayan-Tzotziles indigenous communities. No doubt an experience that you can not miss.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

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INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND CITY TOUR IN SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

Queremos ofrecerte más que un tour, una experiencia inolvidable. Nuestros guías están certificados por SECTUR y cuentan con licencia federal. Todas nuestras unidades también cuentan con los seguros y permisos federales correspondientes.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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Indigenous Villages Chamula Zinacantan Leaving From Tuxtla.

See the color and traditions as you visit the local indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan where you will have plenty of time to wander around the local artisan markets and peek inside the beautifully preserved churches. Your tour includes transport, a professional guide, and a "mini-lunch" of beans, handmade tortillas, organic coffee, and a drink typical of the region.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Zinacantán and San Juan Chamula - Tours Departing in San Cristóbal de las Casas

SAN JUAN CHAMULA - ZINACANTÁN - DEPARTURE FROM SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASASDeparture at 9:30 am. towards the indigenous community of San Juan Chamula, in this indigenous community we will visit the church where we can appreciate the people in traditional costumes performing rituals inside the temple, we will have 1:30 minutes to visit the surroundings.Then we will continue with the tour in another indigenous village “San Lorenzo Zinacantán” native to the Tzotzil indigenous language, where you can buy handicrafts or make a photo session with the typical wedding dress of the town, we can also taste the food and traditional brandy of the community.We finish the tour returning to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas.Return approximately 1:30 pm.*** Does not include guides, are optional for each site.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Day Trips

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Traditional celebrations in the indigenous towns of Chiapas

We will travel to San Juan Chamula or Zinacantan (according to where the celebrations are) to observe and participate in the traditional festival. They are indigenous villages near (30 min.) San Cristobal de Las Casas,Chiapas is a state rich in indigenous culture, traditions, customs that are expressed through colorful parades and ancestral dances. Each town has its own dress and masks.The experience is more than visual: it becomes unforgettable due to my explanations about the roots of the customs and the legends that you will hear. Thanks to that, you will see it from another perspective. It's not just a parade or a mask: there's a lot of history and faith behind it!In addition, you will have the opportunity to try traditional food, visit local families, talk with them and share the joy of the party.The experience is available only during traditional festivities, some days of the year in different towns of Chiapas.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Day Trips

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Hikes through Forests and Communities from San Cristóbal de Las Casas to Zinacantán

It is a tour that does not offer commercial tourism agencies for the same reason there are no other tourists on the route, almost 7 km walk from the Huitepec Las Palmas community to the head of Zinacantán where we also visit textile and fabric workshops, both waist loom, pedal and embroidery.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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