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Traditional celebrations in indigenous villages of Chiapas provided by Experiencias Chiapas

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-07-11 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-07-11 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
On the 23-25 of February, ​​SAN JUAN CHAMULA, an indigenous town near San Cristobal de Las Casas, celebrates its carnival. We will see the carnival where the people dress in their traditional festive costumes. Before arriving at the carnival, we will visit another town, ZINACANTAN, where we will visit a local family, learn about elaboration and textiles on the loom, learn to make tortillas by hand and visit the cemetery at 2,700 meters with spectacular views. The experience is more than visual: thanks to my explanations about the roots of customs and legends that you will hear, you will see it from another perspective.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Iguana Hostel
    Chiapa de Corzo 16, Barrio del Cerrillo, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
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  • 1
    Zinacantan
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Cementerio de San Juan Chamula
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 3
    Church of St. Juan Bautista
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Ayuntamiento San Juan Chamula
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • You'll end at
    Iguana Hostel
    Chiapa de Corzo 16, Barrio del Cerrillo, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
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Departure Point
Iguana Hostel, Chiapa de Corzo 16, Barrio del Cerrillo, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
Duration
5–6 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Tickets
  • Private transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Zinacantan
  • Entry/Admission - Church of St. Juan Bautista
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Arturo R wrote a review Nov. 2020
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This was by far the best cultural experience in Chiapas. Visiting the indigenous communities during their most sacred celebration was an opportunity to become immersed in these beautiful traditions. One can only feel thankful for this enriching Chiapas experience. Rudy is an
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Yvette P wrote a review Nov. 2020
El Paso, Texas6 contributions
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Having the opportunity to participate in various indigenous events and activities not only makes it more intimate, but you also learn more about all the traditions. This was not just a tour, in was an immersive experience that supports local artisans, giving it more meaning.
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Liza C wrote a review Nov. 2020
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Such an special experience! It was amazing being able to see a different and especially such an authentic side of Chiapas! Rudy is an awesome guide, you can see how passionate he is about the communities and all the celebrations. I highly recommend doing this tour. We got the
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Adele M wrote a review Jul. 2020
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This was such a great experience. We had a great time really understanding and seeing up close the way the indigenous people live in this area. Rudy is such a knowledgeable and personable guide. I would absolutely do another experience with him. You can really tell that he has
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Catalina wrote a review Feb. 2020
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Absolutely incredible and a must do! Rudy's knowledge of the region, indigenous cultures and local festivities is vast! Great views from the cemetery on the mountains, learning to make tortillas, learning about the local textiles making, visiting the churches, enjoying the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Be ready to be blown away!!!
Going on a tour with Experiencias Chiapas was amazing. Rudy knows a lot about the area and the places we went to ar
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So much better and authentic than I expected!
I went on the pottery workshop/tour mainly because my girlfriend wanted to go lol, I wasn't expecting much... But i
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Despite the pandemic, we wanted a way to safely learn and participate in Dia de los Muertos traditions in and aroun
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Original and unique
This is a unique experience. I am Mexican and for me, this was a unique approach to our culture. You will meet Albe
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EllyRohrer
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Extraordinary intercultural experience visiting master potters
What an extraordinary experience! Rudy offered our little (Mexican-Swiss) family a private tour to visit the homes
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CrystalEstevez
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Fantastic Cultural Experience
Rudy was a fantastic guide. He knows so much about the indigenous people of the area and has great connections. We
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mstoeri
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Informative and Interactive
What a great trip!! The ceramicists/family who taught us the process and hosted us were so welcoming and open to sh
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Mapaneca17
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Great tour advisor!
My husband, children,cousins and I recently visited Chiapas! Monika was super extra helpful! She helped us to book
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juliana487
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Amazing tour
What an enjoyable experience. I've never been on a tour like this as it felt so personal. Rudy has grown up with th
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happytravellermaz
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Fantastic experience with a lovely and knowledgable guide
I had a fantastic time experiencing the huge, vibrant festival of Chiapa de Corzo with Rudy! Rudy is a lovely, trus
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308jakobb
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Can only recommend going!
Me and a friend went on an amazing tour with Rudy. We visited a festival, cemetary and other places!
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jeremyd355
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Great experience!!
This year I went with experience chiapas to see the festival at Chiapa de Corzo. Rudy is a fantastic guide who was
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Lee2807
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Great experience!!!
I went to Chiapa de Corzo with Experiencias Chiapas to experience the annual indigenous festival and had a blast! O
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Svenja B
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Great experiences with Experiencias Chiapas
I participated in 2 different tours of Experiencias Chiapas, a city tour and a tour to two indigenous villages arou
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Tyler P
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All around great experience!
As a solo traveler, this tour was a wonderful way to meet other travelers and to learn about the incredible history
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