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Chiapas Highlands, Mexico: “Magic Pueblos” and Indigenous Tradition

On this 9-day culture tour, travel with expert guides through the “Magic Pueblos” of the Chiapas Highlands. Take an extraordinary journey through Mexico’s living indigenous cultural heritage, meet master artisans, wander through bustling markets, tour museums, and more!

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Explore the Magic Pueblos of Mexico’s Chiapas Highlands

Discover Mexico’s Chiapas highlands — in the southern-most state rich in indigenous culture, cuisine, customs, and more. The Chiapas highlands are home to an abundance of small, rural “Magic Pueblos” named as such by the Mexican government for their important preservation of cultural heritage and tradition, natural beauty, folklore, historic significance, and/or authentic artesanal work.

On this 9-day tour, dance, hike, dine, boat, and explore Chiapas’s Magic Pueblos. Visit master artisan studios, enjoy private tours of the region’s museums, experience customs and traditions first hand, and explore with a small group of curious travelers and expert guides!

*For pricing information or other details, contact us at info@keteka.com!

Highlights

  • Enjoy the charm and history of San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Explore the unique highland villages of Chiapas
  • Take private tours of local indigenous museums
  • Purchase textiles from outstanding local artisans
  • Learn about conservation at the Moxviquil Orchid Museum
  • Fall in love with unique Chiapanecan cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez
Arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez where a private shuttle will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Drop off your bags, then leave for a dinner and marimba show at a local restaurant. Bring your dancing shoes and delight in the rhythm and melodies of the night.

Day 2: Boat through Sumidero River Canyon and Dock at Chiapa de Corzo
After breakfast, take an boat ride through the 25 mile-long Sumidero River Canyon, rich in abundant wildlife and with cliffs towering over 3000 feet in height. Your boat will dock at the rural Magic Pueblo of Chiapa de Corzo. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the small town, and have the opportunity to meet an artisan mask-maker at his home/studio.

In the afternoon, return to the hotel to relax and refresh before meeting in the lobby to leave for dinner*.

Day 3: Explore the San Crisobal Textile Museum
After 8:00 am breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive to San Cristobal, your home away fro home for the next few days. Meet your guide for orientation and maps. Then, tour the city and visit the unsurpassed Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya textile museum. Here, your private guide will introduce you to the stunning, vibrant textile work of the Maya, the different traditional styles of each region, and the work and of local master artisans.

Have lunch*, then take the rest of the afternoon to explore independently. Meet in the hotel lobby for dinner*.

Day 4: Visit an Autonomous Indigenous Community
After 8:00 am breakfast at the hotel, leave for San Juan Chamula, one of the largest autonomous indigenous communities in the world. Just a few miles from San Crisobal, San Juan is in many ways worlds apart. Explore this outstanding Magic Pueblo rich in Mayan heritage, learn legends and local history, and experience its highly unique ongoing traditions.

Later, enjoy a boxed lunch, then set out to visit the small village of Zinacantan where you’ll meet a master weaver in her home/workshop. Return to San Cristobal in the late afternoon and have time to rest before heading out to dinner with your group.

Day 5: Visit Two Museums Celebrating Nature and Culture
Eat breakfast at 8:00 at the hotel, then leave for the Moxviquil Orchid Museum for a private tour. Orquideas Moxviquil has rescued more than 3,000 plants in the region. The organization’s impressive collection includes more than 400 of the recorded 700 species of orchid flowers found in Chiapas, including several species that are nearing extinction in their natural habitats.

Leave for lunch, and travel to the Museo de Trajes Regionales for a private tour in the afternoon with the museum founder. Here, see over 100 traditional vestments of the indigenous Chiapas groups as well as instruments, jewelry, and other artifacts.

Return to the hotel in the evening for dinner.

Day 6: Meet Master Artisans
After 8:00 am breakfast at the hotel, leave for the Magic Pueblo village of Amatenango del Valle. Here, you’ll visit two workshops of master artisans and have to rare opportunity to observe masters at work.

Return for lunch* in San Cristobal. Have time to visit markets, shops, museums, or other pints of interest recommended by your guide. Meet for dinner* in the hotel hotel.

Day 7: Explore!
After breakfast, the day is yours to wander, explore, shop, or relax on your own.

Day 8: Travel to Tuxtle Gutierrez
After 8:00 am breakfast at the hotel, take the morning for any last minute exploring or shopping. Check out of the hotel in mid-morning then enjoy lunch* in town. Drive to Tuxtle Gutierrez and check-in to your hotel near the airport. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Day 9: Say Goodbye to Chiapas
Today, you will take a return flight to San Miguel or onward to your next destination. Alternatively, you may choose to stay longer in Chiapas.

* Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations (8 nights)
  •  Breakfast daily, one lunch
  •  Private sightseeing (including all entrance fees) as outlined in the itinerary
  •  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  •  Tipping & porterage (taken care of by tour leader along the way)
  •  Professional local guides
  •  Small group experience: Max 16/Avg 10

What to Bring

  • Official ID
  • Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Bathing suit
  • Water shoes
  • Snorkeling gear (optional)
  • Flashlight
  • Hat
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking sticks
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack (including: binoculars, toiletries, travel documents, resealable plastic storage bags, toilet paper, and small change for public bathrooms)
  • Light-weight walking/hiking shoes
  • Fleece garment
  • Money belt
  • First-aid kit (including: lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • $6000 to $7000 Mexican Pesos for meals not included

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