Overview of Chiapas

San Cristobal mountain town offers some classical colonial flavour. Palenque is the Mayan site here amongst many others. The Miramar lagoon is a turquoise watering spot in the Lacandon jungle Also home to the famous Zapatistas indigenous activists. The day of The dead, a national celebration is arguably best viewed from Chiapas as traditions are better maintained and a more authentic representation of Aztec times.  Palenque is the jewl in the crown of the mayan archaeological sites with some of the finest architecture, sculptures and  carvings that the Mayas produced. 

 

What to Do in Chiapas

Palenque
Palenque

Palenque site was inhabited from 226 BC to 799 AD and the city was at the height of its power during the 7th century. The area, had smaller or bigger cities all competing to be the most important one such as Calakmul, Palenque and Tikal in Guatemala. Palenque is one of the most studied and documented Mayan archeological ruins. The ongoing debates focus on the interpretation of the hieroglyphics, the gender and role of the many rulers, and how to decipher and interpret the secrets and evolving facts about the Maya.... the definition of adventure!

San Cristobal de las casas
San Cristobal de las casas

This quaint, picturesque town, nestled in the mountains of Chiapas will take you back to colonial times. The magnificent churches and buildings are stunning and visit one of the native traditional villages in the surrounding area for a more cultural perspective. Visit the surrounding, impressive waterfalls, the Sumidero canyon and Palenque are all close by so make this your base.  

Sumidero Canyon
Sumidero Canyon

The walls of Sumidero Canyon reach over a kilometre high at  some points, and there’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a slow boat ride through it–as long as you’re not scared of alligators! You can view the Sumidero canyon from one of the look-out points or take a boat ride and see the canyon and its abundant flora and fauna, up close. Geography, geology and nature at its incredible best!

San Juan de Chamula
San Juan de Chamula

San Juan de Chamula is one of Mexico’s ancient Tzotzil towns, just 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the better-known San Cristóbal de las Casas. It boasts a wariness towards outsiders, a taste for fascinating ancient rituals and beliefs blended with modern Christianity and of course, its main feature....one of the weirdest churches in all of Mexico.

 

When To Go Chiapas