January 12-29, 2019
This tour begins in Chiapa de Corzo, our first stop in Chiapas. This town may be the Celebration Capital of the Known World, if there is such a thing, and every day there will bring us yet another round of festivities. But Chiapa de Corzo offers much more than a world-class festival and during our stay we will visit fine local artisans, spend several hours traveling down the stunning Sumidero Canyon, and visit several local museums and sights.
From Chiapa de Corzo we will drive into the mountains to the lovely city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where we will stay at Casa Lum, a small boutique hotel (with heated floors!) conveniently located right in the heart of this exciting Colonial city. This tile-roofed, cobble-stoned city is home to many unique museums, artist’s workshops and galleries, endless textile shops, countless cafés, churches galore, and one of my favorite mercados (market) in Mexico but it is equally renowned for the indigenous Maya villages in the highlands outside the city. San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán, and many more are just a short drive – yet a world – away and our tour will include day trips to visit several of them. Each village has its own distinct spiritual beliefs, social customs, language, and traje (local dress), making this one of the most culturally rich and intriguing regions of Mexico.
During our stay we will take a market tour and cooking class in the home of my friend Helga with a wonderful local cook, a new-ish feature of the tour that has fast become a favorite day.
After our time in San Cristóbal we will fly over the verdant mountains of Chiapas to Palenque and check into our jungle hideaway. We’ll have a day to tour the nearby Maya ruins with our super guide and new best friend Carol and another to watch the birds and monkeys from the comfort of your hammock, explore downtown Palenque, or simply relax by the pool.
On our last day together we will drive to Villahermosa in the neighboring state of Tabasco, stopping along the way for a spectacular morning boat trip on the Catazajá Lagoon and a visit to La Venta park, home to the monumental Olmec heads. Our last night in Villahermosa will be at the Hyatt located just minutes from the airport for flights home.
Aside from all this, one of my favorite reasons to visit Chiapas is to see Sergio Castro, a remarkable man with a heart of gold. Don Sergio has been building schools and potable water systems and providing healthcare to the poor of Chiapas for free for most of his adult life. In thanks, the people he serves have given him their most beautiful traje and we’ll see the collection and meet Don Sergio when we tour his private museum. He’s an inspiration, a maverick, a really swell guy, and I guarantee that your lives will be better for meeting him.
January 12-29, 2019
The price for this trip is $4800 per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement is $800. This price includes lodging, two abundant meals daily, ground transportation, domestic flight from Tuxtla Gutierrez to Palenque, bilingual guides, and entry fees to all classes, sites, and events. Price does not include international airfare, airport transfer, personal expenses, and optional gratuities.
A deposit of $1000 is required to register in this tour. Deposit is fully refundable until November 12, 2018, non-refundable after November 12, 2018. Payment in full is due December 12, 2018.
For more information or to register for this tour, please contact me directly via email. I’ll confirm availability, send you all the necessary paperwork, and you’ll be on your way.
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