- Ride a boat through the Sumidero Canyon on the Grijalva River
- Go on a walking tour of San Cristóbal de las Casas
- Learn about San Juan Chamula's indigenous Tzotzil culture
- Feel the refreshing spray of cascades at El Chiflón Waterfalls
|Day 1||Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 2||Walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 3||Visit San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan indigenous towns||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 4||Excursion to Montebello Lakes and El Chiflón Waterfalls||San Cristobal de las Casas|
|Day 5||Departure from Mexico|
Day 1: Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo
Welcome to Chiapas! After breakfast in your hotel, you will be picked up by your driver and head towards the islet of Cahuare near Chiapa de Corzo, where you'll board a motorboat to navigate along the breathtaking Sumidero Canyon. A stunning natural formation that dates back 136 million years, its walls soar high above the Grijalva River amid thick vegetation. During the journey, you'll see a wide diversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna, including bromeliads, pines, river crocodiles, and spider monkeys. You'll also see waterfalls, caves, and interesting rock formations.
Later, continue to charming Chiapa de Corzo for lunch. Visit the beautiful downtown where you can taste the ancestral Mayan beverage pozol con cacao before returning to San Cristobal de las Casas for the evening.
Day 2: Walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas
Today, you will do a walking tour of colorful San Cristobal de las Casas. Stroll past colonial houses and visit important historical sites, such as San Cristobal’s Cathedral. Stop into Los Altos Museum, located in the former convent of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, to learn more about regional history. Then shop for handicrafts and textiles at the open-air marketplace outside.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 3: Visit San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan indigenous towns
On day three, you'll visit two indigenous villages in the highlands of Chiapas. Your day of cultural immersion will start at San Juan Chamula, a Tzotzil community of pre-Hispanic origin that's still strongly connected to its traditional customs. There are three main neighborhoods—San Juan Bautista, San Pedro, and San Sebastián—in the ceremonial center. Each one has its own pantheon presided over by giant crosses that present Chul Metic (God Mother) and Chul Totic (God Father).
Next, you'll be taken to San Lorenzo Zinacantán, another Tzotzil village. Here, the sacred spaces are marked by the hills that surround the small valley, as well as by its distinctive group of colonial churches and chapels. You'll stop into a local home to learn more about handicraft and textile traditions before you head back to San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 4: Excursion to Montebello Lakes and El Chiflón Waterfalls
Your day will begin early in the morning: you'll drive to Lagos de Montebello (Montebello Lakes) and appreciate the beauty of this natural park, which was created in 1959 and later a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. There are 59 lakes, each with different colors created by currents, flora, and sunlight reflection. You'll visit several lakes, including Tziscao, Pojoj, and Montebello.
Afterward, head to El Chiflón Waterfalls to admire the tallest waterfalls in Chiapas. You'll have the opportunity to see the main waterfall, called “Velo de Novia"—a towering curtain of water formed by the San Vicente River.
Day 5: Goodbye México
After breakfast and a quick stroll through town, it's time to head to the airport to catch your flight home. Safe travels!