January 12-28, 2018
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. We'll also visit fine local artisans: a revered mask carver and a couple who make the traditional lacquer-ware of the region, called maque. A boat trip down the stunning Sumidero Canyon is also in the plans, as we take a break from all the merriment to enjoy several hours on the river enjoying this awesome natural wonder.
From Chiapa de Corzo we will drive up into the mountains to the lovely colonial city San Cristóbal de las Casas, where we will stay at the Hotel Diego de Mazariegos, a charming colonial-era inn conveniently located just a few blocks from the main plaza. From there, we'll enjoy the many charms of San Cristóbal, and they are numerous. The tile-roofed, cobblestoned city itself is home to many unique museums, artist’s workshops, textile shops, my favorite mercado (market) in Mexico, countless cafes, and churches galore, but it is equally renowned for the indigenous Maya villages in the outlying areas. San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán, and many more are just a short drive - yet a world - away. Each village has its own distinct spiritual beliefs, social customs, language, and traje (local dress), making this one of the most culturally intriguing regions of Mexico.
And then there’s the real reason I love to visit Chiapas: 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 return the people have given him their most beautiful trajes and we’ll see the collection and meet don Sergio when we tour his private museum featuring these gorgeous textiles. He’s an inspiration, a maverick, and a really swell guy, and I guarantee that your lives will be better for meeting him.
After our time in San Cristóbal we’ll make the spectacular road trip through the verdant mountains of Chiapas wending our way north to Palenque and stopping en route at the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha. Upon our arrival in Palenque, we’ll check into creek-side bungalows at our jungle hideaway in Palenque. We’ll have a day to tour the nearby Maya ruins and another to watch the birds and monkeys from the comfort of our patios, explore downtown Palenque, or simply relax by the pool. Our last day together we will drive to Villahermosa, 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 a hotel convenient to the airport for our flight home.
When you travel with MY MEXICO TOURS the hands-on care begins before you leave home. I’ll help you find the best flight, send you interesting background information on the area and events we’ll be seeing, and about three weeks before the tour you’ll receive a detailed information booklet with your daily itinerary, travel notes, packing list, suggested reading, and more.