Chiapas is an incredible state of Mexico, famous for its Indigenous people, incredible archaeological sites, natural prowess and culture. Chiapas is typically known as Mexico’s most southern and most mysterious state. Blessed with abundant rainforests, ruins, wildlife, strange regional specialities and an eclectic mixture of cultures, Chiapas is home to the indigenous people, Spanish and even Zapatistas! Originally Chiapas formed part of Guatemala but then became part of Mexico in 1824 when they gained independence from the Spanish. Chiapas has the greatest biological diversity in North America. Its forests are the habitat for howler monkeys, red macaws and jaguars.
Special features of our 7 Day Uncovering Chiapas Tour:
Type of Tourism: Archaeology, Nature, Wildlife, History, Off the beaten track.
Places to Visit: San Cristobal de las Casas, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán, Agua Azul, Misol Ha, Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Villahermosa.
Duration: 7 Days and 6 Nights.
Type of Service: group tours.
Accommodation: 3 star hotels at every destination that you will visit. These hotels have been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
We will be waiting for your arrival at the Tuxtla Gutierrez airport to take you to Chiapa de Corzo and the Sumidero Canyon. a motorboat trip along waters surrounded by the majestic rock walls of the Sumidero Canyon towering above you. There will be many opportunities to see wildlife, such as crocodiles, cormorants, spider monkeys, and herons. We will then continue to the highlands and San Cristobal de las Casas, where we will spend the evening in a charming colonial hotel
After breakfast, we will head out on a hike through the Chiapan countryside, visiting the villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. San Juan Chamula, to visit its cemetery and famous church, with images and artifacts representing a unique combination of Mayan and Catholic beliefs. We will then pass through Zinacantan, a Tzotzil Maya village outside of San Cristobal, famous for its flowers and being the only source of salt in the Chiapas Highlands.
We can also visit will some traditional artisans to enjoy hand-made to...
Today we will head out to visit a local pottery community called Amatenango Del Valle, famous for its pottery and the traditional methods of cooking the clay on an open wooden stove. Amatenango del Valle, is located on a small hill overlooking a fertile valley. Here, we will get the chance to join in and try your hand at pre-Hispanic pottery!
Today, we will visit Agua Azul and Misol Há. Agua Azul is a series of spectacular waterfalls. As we walk up the path we can see the falls cascading down the rock face. At the top, you will find calmer waters waiting to be washed down the falls. Back at the bottom, take a swim in the calm pools of blue water before heading off to Misol Há.
Surrounded by lush forest, the waters of Misol Há drop into a round pool. We can walk along a path underneath the rushing water to feel its power and get, a very r...
After breakfast, we will explore some of the lesser-visited yet most-impressive sites of the ancient Maya world. Yaxchilan was an important Mayan city deep in the jungle and along the banks of the Usumacinta River. We can explore this archeologically important site whilst enjoying the calls of curious howler monkeys watching you from the ruins and surrounding forest. The guide will be there to help you make the most of your trip. We will then head to The Lacandon forest and Bonampak, a mysterious archeological site with wall pa...
Today we will visit the stunningly impressive Mayan archaeological site of Palenque.The sculptures and spectacular architecture, with the backdrop of the lush, green rainforest is a sight to behold! Nestled deep in jungle, at the foot of the Sierra Madre del Sur, Palenque’s setting is as memorable as the site itself. It is an important site for the wealth of knowledge it provides about the practices of the ancient Maya world. After lunch, we will head to the Gulf of Mexico and the vibrant economic centre of Villahermosa. We wil...
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2.2. Protective Measures and Equipment to consider:
2.2.1. Mandatory Equipment:
• Face mask
• Tied Hair (in case of having long hair)
• Closed Shoes (not sandals)
• Constant use of Hand Sanitizer
• Use pants with the uniform (not shorts)
• Sanitize your backpack and equipment constantly when providing services
• Limit the use of accessories (wallets, fanny packs, watches, etc.)
• Avoid sharing glasses, spoons, bottles, etc.
• Avoid the use of reusable tissues, make use of disposable towels or napkins
• Make use of the digital thermometer
• Avoid wearing a tie or scarf
III. SPECIFIC PREVENTION MEASURES
3.1. Tourist Guide Service
• Maximum 1 Guide for every 14 visitors
3.2. Tourist Reception
• Welcome: greet without physical contact and maintaining a distance of 1.5 meters.
3.3. Delivery of Preventive Utensils
• Take the temperature of Each Visitor
• Hand Sanitizer
• Masks, if necessary.
Physical distancy and wear masks in public spaces are mandatory for clients, guides and drivers.
We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. An full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.
We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.
As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.
We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.
Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are traveling alone.
VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.
Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.
Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.
Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.
We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.
We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.
We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.
The official currency in Mexico is the mexican peso (MXN). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.
Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.
As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations. An example of our sustainable projects:
Sustainable Tourism Policy
Our partner, Martsam Travel, organizes trips focused on sustainability while respecting the natural environment, the communities, and their traditions, trying as much as possible to use suppliers committed to sustainability practices, and collaborating with them in the implementation of these practices that lead us to raise the quality of the services offered.
Environmental Friendliness (Eco-Friendly):
All the activities of the company are analyzed, and it considered in order to avoid, mitigate, reverse or compensate any kind of environmental impact, since the natural environment is an essential part of our product and therefore is vital for our daily survival.
Social and Cultural Responsibility
It implies that the company analyzes and takes into account the social and cultural background of the sites and their areas of influence, in which it develops activities, so that these result benefits the local inhabitants as much as possible. The cultural environment is the most charismatic part of our product and therefore conserving it is conserving our way of life.
We make sure that our operation generates profits for the local communities and make sure the benefits are real, we also ensure that the payments to the services they provide are fair.
Our partner, Martsam Travel, cooperates with different service providers such as hotels, restaurants, community projects, leaders, and local guides, relying on the “Best Practices Agreement in Sustainable Tourism”, established with the Rainforest Alliance in 2006.
Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.
Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature.
The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.
This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests.
For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: + (502) 5417-5517
At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of our sustainable projects: Conservation in Ria Lagartos,
Conservation in Selestun, Merida Yucatan
Conservation at Sian Kan Reserve and Muyil Archaeological Site,
Visit local families, markets, etc
Visit communiarian projects at Señor and Tihosuco in Quinta Roo,
Projects at Oaxaca with artisanal agave production.
All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: + (502) 5417-5517. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.
This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. We recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.
The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.
Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your hotel.
For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.
In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.
In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.
It depends on each itinerary. We suggest contacting your account representative to give you specific information regarding your program.
We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.
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