While visiting Chiapas, you will have the opportunity to explore the diverse sites of nature, reserves, culture and many historical sites connected to the beautiful Chiapas.
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SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
San Cristobal de Las Casas is one of the main touristic destinations in Mexico. It is called Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) or Hoyo Negro (Black Hole).
Why the Black Hole? Because its charm and unique atmosphere sucks the visitors in: many people plan to come here for a few days only and decide to stay months, some stay forever.
If you are going to visit the local villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacatan, it's best to hire the services of a local guide.
This is because these communities are distinct: they have customs and practices which will make little sense to an outsider without the explanations of someone with local knowledge of society and culture in the villages.
SAN JUAN CHAMULLA
The small town, about 10km (6 miles) from San Cristobal, principal town of the Tzotzils, with a population of around 80,000. It is a key attraction as part of a tour of local villages around San Cristobal and is best experienced with the help of a local guide, who can give insight and local knowledge that will help you to make some sense of the distinct culture and customs practiced here.
Up in the mountains, around 7 miles (11 km) from San Cristobal de las Casas is the small village of Zinacantan; translated it means "Valley of Bats".
The village is best experienced with the help of a local guide, who can give insight and local knowledge that will help you to make some sense of the distinct culture and customs here.
A few miles east of Tuxtla Gutierrez is the spectacular Cañon Sumidero created by the mighty Rio Grijalva which runs northwards through it. Cañon Sumidero can be toured by boat on the river that runs through it, or from above, by the beautiful lookouts and trails.
The 2-3 hour round trip on the boat will take you on a spectacular journey through the canyon, with some of the walls towering 2,500 feet (760 m) above you.
CHIAPA DE CORZO
Chiapa de Corzo is known as the peaceful colonial town on the banks of the Rio Grijalva. It was the first city ever founded by the Spanish in the State of Chiapas (1523) founded by the Spaniard, Diego de Mazariegos.
As the story goes, when his army invaded the local indigenous peoples' settlement a few kilometres downstream from here, they all jumped to their deaths in the canyon rather than surrender to his forces.
Palenque is an old Mayan city in the state of Chiapas, South of Mexico. In the Jungle of Chiapas, nestled on a thickly wooded ridge, are the ancient ruins of Palenque situated near a town of the same name: Mexico's most breath-taking archaeological park.
The jungle still hides 90% of the Mayan city.
Less than an hour's drive from Comitan and 3 hours from San Cristobal, on the border with Guatemala, are the Lagos de Montebello (Lakes of Montebello).
There are over 50 lakes of different colours here: they all reflect turquoise blues and greens, and coupled with the scenic backdrop of the surrounding mountains and forests, the area is great for a whole day's exploration.
This guide introduces you to three of the most impressive waterfalls in Chiapas, which are close enough to other destinations and places of interest so they may be easily included as part of a travel itinerary when you're visiting the area: Misol-Ha, Agua Azul, El Chiflon
Yaxchilan is one of the great sites from the Classic Mayan period [250-900 AD]. Known for its numerous exceptionally fine engraved monuments, this site lies half hidden in the thick Jungle overgrown next to the Usumacinta River. The development of the city took place between 350 and 810 A.D.
Bonampak is located in the Lacandon Forest of the Chiapas and in the Lacanha River Valley. This site occupies 1,000 acres. The main buildings were built along the top of a chain of hills that runs through the middle of the valley from the Cojolita Range to the side of the river. However, only the Grand Plaza cluster has been explored and is open to the public. This plaza is at the south end of Bonampak, where you can see the famous building with wall paintings.
Tonina lays 14 km east from Ocosingo on the border of the Mayan lowlands and highlands. The center of Tonina is built on the side of a large hill in seven terraces producing the overall effect of a stepped pyramid. Numerous chambers and passageways exist and there are several buildings located in front of the main complex which may have been used in conjunction with structures on the main buildings.
The Zapatista community of Oventik is located high in the mountains just beyond San Andres Larrainzar (about 60km from San Cristobal). Oventik was the second caracol built by the Zapatistas and it is the biggest of the five “caracoles”. Caracole, which means snail, is a space built by the Zapatistas to organise their autonomy.
AMATENANGO DEL VALLE
On the highway between here and San Cristobal de las Casas is Amatenango del Valle: A hamlet that is famous for its local potters and pottery. The pottery here is still fired in the traditional way: by building a wood fire around the pieces and not in a kiln.
Prices are very affordable by western standards; some pieces are fragile, but they will wrap them carefully for you.
Southeast of the city of Ocosingo is the Lacandon Jungle. This jungle contains over 4000 plant species, 345 documented birds, 114 mammals and an unknown number of insects, many waiting to be discovered. Within this dense forest exist Laguna Miramar, the largest lake in the Lacandon Jungle.
This beautiful pristine lake resides inside the official Montes Azules biosphere reserve.
NATURE RESERVE AROUND SAN CRISTOBAL
Huitepec -The entrance to the Huitepec Ecologica Reserve is about 3.5 km from San Cristobal on the road to San Juan Chamula. A nice place to spend the day taking a nature walk is a trail that runs 2km up Cerro Huitepec. The walk at a steady pace can take an hour or so to the top to the cloud forest. This is a great place to see birds and there are many interesting insects.
Other reserves for a day in nature are: Arcotete, Moxviquil, Las Grutas De Rancho Nuevo.