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Ways to Experience Indigenous Culture in Chiapas

Ways to Experience Indigenous Culture in Chiapas

Chiapas is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in Mexico, and traveling through the southernmost state offers a vibrant introduction to the country’s cultural diversity. Here’s how to experience indigenous culture in Chiapas.  

  • Shop for indigenousarts and handicraftssuch as woven 'Huipiles' (ponchos) in the market town of San Cristobal de las Casas.
  • Discover the unique customs, traditional dress, and languages of the Tzotzil people on a tour of the highland villages ofZinacantánandSan Juan Chamula.
  • Learn about Mexico’s ancientMaya historyon a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palenque archaeological site.
  • Tastelocal specialtiessuch as handmade tortillas and Pox (corn liquor).
  • Experience the unique Dance of the Parachicos—protected on UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list—during the JanuaryFeast of Chiapa de Corzoor the Jaguar Dance at theKinta Jimultik Carnivalin San Juan Chamula.
  • Trek into the jungle to visit the remote Maya ruins ofBonampakandYaxchilan.
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Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan Indigenous Communities

Visit to San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan Indigenous Communities

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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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$19,00
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US$19,00
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Day Trip to Archaeological Site of Palenque

Day Trip to Archaeological Site of Palenque

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Experience Mexico’s ancient history on a full-day tour to the archaeological site of Palenque. Going with a guide ensures you have context as you walk through the unmarked ruins, and allows you to avoid navigating alone. Rather than sit in shuttle for hours on the way to Palenque, break up the trip with stops at secluded waterfalls, and take a dip if time allows.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$38,00
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Indigenous Villages Cultural Tour: Chamula and Zinacantan from San Cristóbal de las Casas

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

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$31,00
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La Venta Archaeological Site from Palenque

La Venta Archaeological Site from Palenque

Travel from Palenque to the heart of Tabasco with your guide to see the Parque-Museo La Venta where megalithic stones are surrounded by a zoo. Wander through the archeological remains from the Olmec, rescued from destruction in the 1950s when the site where they were originally situated made way for an airport and an oil refinery. Visit spider monkeys, jaguars, and other wildlife native to the area before returning to your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$92,00
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US$92,00
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