The journey of a lifetime
Multi-cultural Chiapas is home to 12 of the 62 indigenous groups officially recognized by the Mexican government. This means that it is a state that boasts a strong concentration of indigenous traditions that coexist harmoniously with old Spanish ways introduced by the Conquistadors and contemporary Mexican customs, as well as with ideas of its many visitors and foreign residents.
San Cristobal de las Casas
is characterized by its peaceful and welcoming atmosphere, coupled with an artistic and bohemian flair. The colonial streets and alleyways lined with red-roof tiles and white-washed walls beg wanderers to explore and discover the nooks and crannies; alleyways open up into picturesque arcades and plazas showing off their authentic colonial architecture and hosting churches, museums, cafes, restaurants and artisan workshops, among other delights.
San Juan Chamula
the Tzotzil Maya of San Juan Chamula practice some interesting religious rituals that blend pre-Hispanic traditions with Catholicism. There are no pews and no alter inside their church. Instead, worshippers kneel on the floor, lighting candles and chanting. The rituals often include an abundance of soda and posh, an alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane. They also practice several ancient healing rituals, some of which use eggs, bones and live chickens that are sacrificed in the church and later eaten as a sacred meal or buried in front of the homes of the sick.
The Sumidero Canyon National Park is very vast; limited by four municipalities: San Fernando, Nuevo Usumacinta, Chapa de Corzo and Tuxtla Gutierrez, it has more than 21 thousand hectares with its main characteristic being the vertical cut of its walls, which safeguard a great number of species. It is predominantly a jungle and the climate is very humid.
The inclination of its walls allowed the formation of caves with wonderful waterfalls, like Arbol de Navidad (Christmas Tree), although the abundance of water depends on the season.
Chiapa de Corzo is the oldest colonial town in the state of Chiapas. Situated on the north bank of the Rio Grijalva, along the route from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapa de Corzo serves as the jumping off point for exploring the magnificent Sumidero Canyon.
One of its main attractions is the colonial mudejar-style Fountain in the town’s main plaza. This monumental red-orange brick fountain with its octagonal design, arches, flying buttresses and domed roof dates back to the 16th century and is thought to have been built to resemble the Spanish crown.
Chiapa de Corzo is also famous for its variety of local cuisine, unique to the state of Chiapas including several types of tamales (corn based dough with sweet or savory fillings), pepito con tasajo (thin cut beef with pumpkin seed sauce) and cochinito horneado (roasted suckling pig flavored with adobo sauce).
Everything about Palenque fascinates. Its primordial jungle setting, intricate construction and intimate scale are truly mesmerizing for the first-time visitor. Palenque became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
Palenque was a sprawling religious center that spanned nearly 25 square miles. Only roughly half a mile has been excavated, revealing what many consider to be the architectural apogee of western Mayan civilization. The knowledge that there’s so much yet to be excavated at Palenque is, surely, part of the site’s enduring charm.
The Wildlife Refuge and Forest Protection Area of the Cascadas de Agua Azul, were established by a presidential decree on April 26, 1980, and extends over an area of 2,580 hectares.
The Agua Azul River descends the limestone bed in steps forming a series of impressive waterfalls that create natural pools contained by limestone levees called Rimstone in geological terminology. At the entrance of the site there are craft shops, small food stands and local guides who take bolder visitors to other even more dramatic waterfalls, as the descending river continues downstream until it plunges into the Tulija River, forming one of the most beautiful sheets of water.
Na Bolom Museum: Na Bolom was once home to the amous Dutch archaeologist Frans Blom and his Swiss photographer wife Trudy Blom. The Bloms were great explorers and were amongst the first outsiders to come into contact with the Lacandon Indians hidden in the midst of the dense Lacandon rain forest in Chiapas.
The Lacandones are the only people who managed to escape Spanish colonization by retreating far into the dense jungle. Frans and Trudy established very close ties with the Lacandones.
Having bought their large colonial house in 1951, the Bloms soon decided to turn it into a museum and research center on the Maya. An additional aim was to inform the public about the indigenous population of the Chiapas and support them. Well into the 1950s, indigenous people were not allowed to spend the night in San Cristobal nor walk on the pavements. Consequently, the Bloms made Na Bolom a home for the Lacandones when they visited San Cristobal for medical reasons or to sell their crafts.
They chose to name the house Na Bolom, “the house of the jaguar” in Tzotzil, the local language, as it is a play on Frans’ surname Blom and his nickname Pancho, the Jaguar.
Today, Na Bolom is a non-governmental, non-profit Mexican organization. It’s a true hybrid. It houses a museum, a research center, an hotel and a restaurant and runs a number of social and cultural projects.
Zinacantán sits in a valley surrounded by a patchwork of colors made from thousands of cultivated flowers and pine-forested hillsides. This vibrant city in the highlands of Chiapas, México, has been an important center of trade and commerce since pre-colonial times.
The colorful landscapes have made Zinacantán one of the most photographed communities in the region. The inhabitants are hard working, having as main activities the floriculture and the production of vegetables for local consumption. The colorful clothes they wear give a singular beauty to the typical multicolored picture of Mexico. The diversity of colorful crafts also imitates the valley dotted with greenhouses full of flowers, which are a very important part of Zinacantán’s economy as well as its rituals. The people of Zinacantán have always been naturally talented business people and merchants.
Amber from Chiapas was originate in Oligocene to Early Miocene, 24 -30 million of years ago, comes from the resin of an extinct tree in the genus Hymenaea family.The amber was known to the world through Frans Blom, a Danish explorer and archeologist, authority of Mayan Culture
Amber is a beautiful & fragile gem that artists are able to form into eautiful pieces of jewelry as well as art. Another well know importance of amber is the fact that we are able to recover well preserved fossilized plants and animals. The Amber deposit in Mexico is important due to the fact that it comes from a time when plants & animals were evolving.
In Chiapas there have been many cases of never before seen species of plant and animal found in the Amber. Recently a flower from late Oligocene-early Miocene, Swietenia (Meliaceae) was discovered.
• Round Trip Airfare From Guadalajara
• All transfers from – to Ajijic
• Hotel accommodation
• All the tours in the region
• Certified tour guide
• Ground transportación in Chiapas
• 16% Goverment taxes
• San Cristobal de las Casas Historical City Tour
• Na Bolom Museum
• Ambar Museum
• Sumidero Canyon
• Chiapa de Corzo
• Amatenango del Valle
• San Juan Chamula
• Blue Water Waterfalls
• Misol-Ha Waterfalls
• Palenque Archeological Site
• And much more