Indigenous Villages - Chamula and Zinacantan from Tuxtla Gutierrez

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Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, Chamula
Catedral de San Cristobal de las Casas
Templo de San Lorenzo, Zinacantan

What To Expect

Visit the local indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán, where you'll have plenty of time to wander around the local artisan markets and peek inside the beautifully preserved churches. Experience the full colors, beliefs, manners, myths, religion, and churches of Chiapas!


Day Trips from Tuxtla Gutierrez
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Tuxtla Gutierrez
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9 hours
daily at 8:00
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Colors and traditions await you in your visit to the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. You will have plenty of time to wander around the local artisan markets and peek inside the beautifully preserved churches.

In Chamula, a local guide will explain the history of the region and you will be able to visit the Church of San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) with its simple but incredibly beautiful ornamentation on the outer facades. Once there, see the artistic beauty of the church on the inside and see the exceptional arrangement of its altars, with Catholic saints dressed according to indigenous traditional customs. You will also find out about the native people and their customs, and observe how ancient Mayan traditions are now intertwined with modern day Catholic practices.

We will take you to Zinacantan as the last part of the tour, another magical indigenous population very near San Cristobal de las Casas, where you can admire the beauty of the Church of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence) and see first hand the laborious handmade work of the weaver women, who, with a loom at their waists, make magnificent textile pieces such as 'Huipiles' (ponchos), tablecloths, bedspreads and cushion covers.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Ground transportation (roundtrip)

  • Entrance fees

  • Bilingual guide (English and Spanish)

  • Traditional lunch (quesadillas, beans, organic coffee)

  • Guided tour of the church and market in San Juan Chamula

  • Visit to Zinacantan

  • Free time to visit to San Cristobal (2 hours)

  • Basic travel insurance


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Tour takes approximately 9 hours.

  • It is expressly FORBIDDEN to take pictures inside the churches.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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