January 12-28, 2020
This tour begins in Chiapa de Corzo, our first stop in the remarkable state of Chiapas. This town may very well be the Celebration Capital of the Known World, if there is such a thing, and every day will bring us yet another round of festivities. But Chiapa de Corzo offers much more than a world-class festival; during our stay we will visit the workshops of fine local artisans and spend several hours traveling down the stunning Sumidero Canyon.
From Chiapa de Corzo we will drive into the mountains to the lovely Colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where we will stay at Casa Lum, a charming boutique hotel conveniently located right in the heart of the city.
This picturesque tile-roofed, cobble-stoned town is home to many unique museums, artist’s workshops and galleries, endless textile shops, countless cafes, churches galore, and one of my favorite mercados in all of Mexico.
It is equally renowned for the indigenous Maya villages in the highlands outside of the city. 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 rich and intriguing regions of Mexico. Our time in the area will include several day trips out to the villages to observe rituals and fiestas and to see the crafts made there.
Early on in our stay in San Cris we will meet 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 traditional clothing and we’ll have the opportunity to see this remarkable collection and meet him in person when we tour his private museum. He’s an inspiration, a maverick, a really nice guy, and the overview of Chiapas he gives offers a very helpful context in which to view this culturally diverse state.
After our time in San Cristóbal we’ll drive over the verdant mountains of Chiapas to Palenque, stopping along the way to see the waterfalls of Agua Azul and Misol Ha.
In Palenque we’ll spend a full day at the Maya ruins and site museum and have one chill day to spend as you wish: watching birds and monkeys from the comfort of your hammock, or simply relaxing by the pool at our jungle hideaway. (Did I mention the Magical Mystery Dinner?)
On our last day together we will drive two hours to Villahermosa in the neighboring state of Tabasco, stopping along the way for another Nature-filled boat trip on Catazajá Lagoon where you can expect to see hundreds of iguanas, thousands of birds, and perhaps a family of monkeys.
After the boat ride we’ll have lunch on the shore of the lagoon before we leave for Villahermosa, where we’ll visit La Venta park, home to the monumental Olmec heads. Our last night in Villahermosa is at a hotel located just minutes from the airport for flights home.
January 12-28, 2020
The price is $4000 per person, double occupancy, single supplement is $500. Price includes lodging, two abundant meals daily, airport transfer and ground transportation, bilingual guides, and entry fees to all classes, sites, and events. Price does not include airfare, personal expenses, optional gratuities.
A deposit of $1000 is required to register. Deposit is fully refundable until November 12, 2019, non-refundable after November 12, 2019 less $200 service charge.
Payment in full is due on December 12, 2019.
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.
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 before the tour I will send you detailed information: daily itinerary, travel notes, packing list, suggested reading, and more.