ARCHAEOLOGICAL, COLONIAL, MYSTICAL, NATURAL...CHIAPAS!!!

Mar 1st, 2020 (by plane)

8 days tour. $1,150 per person (double occupancy)

 

 

DAY 1

This tour is very hard to describe because Chiapas is one of the most beautiful and full of history states in the Mexican Republic and accounts for many great adjectives while evaluating such a destination!!!

Today we will be transferred to Monterrey and will be staying at one of the hotels near the airport! get some good night rest because tomorrow we are to have an early departure!  

Overnight in Monterrey.

 

DAY 2

This morning we take our flight to Tuxtla Gutierrez! Be aware that the temperature in this city is hot and humid, so dress accordingly! Make sure to bring your hat, sunblock lotion, as well as a long sleeve shirt (however, our next activity involves a boat that has two 100 HP engines, so, it might be wise to bring a wind breaker or a light jacket, since some passengers might get somewhat cold)! As soon as we arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez, our bus will take us to visit the unbelievable Sumidero's Canyon in the nearby municipality of Chiapa de Corzo, known because of its colonial architecture and typical “Parachicos” dancers. After lunch, we are up the road to reach the beautiful town of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Its altitude provides it with a cool weather all year round: you may want to bring a good sweatshirt or coat, as temperature drops in the evenings. After checking in, a walking tour will be offered by your guide to get you acquainted with this friendly town!!!

Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas

 

DAY 3

The lakes of Montebello are our destination this morning. After breakfast we will go through the town of Comitán. Coffee plantations grow along the roadside: remember that Chiapas State is one of the best coffee producers in Mexico! The lakes are just gorgeous, covering colors from Emerald green to Caribbean blue. Among them there is one known as the international lake: half of it belongs to the Mexican Republic and the other half is located in Guatemala!

Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Breakfast and lunch included

 

DAY 4

San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán are our two destinations for today!!! The local market of Chamula takes place across from the church atrium. Locals dress in black or white wool cotones (vests) and skirts. Tzotzil is the local language and is much more used than Spanish! Inside the church, pictures are not to be taken but your guide will help to understand the tremendous Anthropological meaning of the cultural practices carried out in this town. Very close is the town of Zinacantán, where every family is dedicated to the preservation of woven fabrics! You will be amazed by the quality of their work and by the kindness they will treat you! After lunch, we go back to San Cristóbal de las Casas to enjoy some leisure time!

Overnight in San Cristóbal de las Casas

Breakfast and lunch included

 

DAY 5

It will be difficult to leave behind this lovely place but we have to keep on moving! A winding road will lead our way down to hot and humid weather as we go through some indigenous communities!! We will go through the city of Villahermosa and continue our journey to the town of Palenque!

Overnight in Palenque

Breakfast included.

 

DAY 6

After breakfast, we are off to one of the most mystical of archaeological sites: Palenque!!! Admire the many buildings constructed by the Mayan People that at once dazzled Stephens, Catherwood, Charnay and Frans Blom among others! Find out about the Temple of the Inscriptions and the amazing efforts to build inside the tomb to one of the most celebrated rulers in Mesoamerica: Kinich Janaab Pakal!

The local museum is a must in order to have a better understanding of the people that built this incredible archaeological city!

After lunch, there will be enough time to enjoy the pool at our hotel! 

Overnight in Palenque

Breakfast included

 

DAY 7

Our motor coach will take us to the capital city of Tabasco State: Villahermosa! We will stop for lunch and then we are to visit the attraction number one in town: the outdoors archaeological museum of La Venta, where you will be told about the so called mother culture of Mesomerica: the Olmecs!!! Time and weather permitting, we might have (optionally) a chance to visit a cocoa bean plantation in the nearby town of Comalcalco!

Overnight in Villahermosa

Breakfast included

 

DAY 8

Morning transfer to the local airport, fellas!!! Our flight is void to Monterrey’s airport and then on the road to Rio Grande Valley!!! Certainly, great memories from this trip will be long cherished for all of us!!!

Breakfast included

 

THIS TOUR INCLUDES: transfers McAllen – Monterrey’s airport – McAllen, airfare Monterrey – Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Villahermosa - Monterrey, complimentary bottled water available in the motor coach, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, shuttle to the pier for the also included boat ride to Sumidero´s canyon, admission to Montebello lakes, admission to the church in San Juan Chamula, admission to the town of Zinacantán, admission to the archaeological site of Palenque, hotels for seven nights, air conditioned chartered motor coach, certified bilingual tour guide.

NOT INCLUDED: admissions to attractions or museums (other than the ones clearly described as included in the above paragraph), tips to waiters at any meal. Tips for maids at hotels. Gratuities to tour guide are not included. We strongly recommend setting aside a minimum of $6-8 dollars per person, per day, for your tour guide. Your guide is a professional in his field and he will always be on call to take care of you in every aspect you indicate him. Gratuities to bus driver are not included either.

In the town of San Cristóbal de las Casas, the bus is not allowed to navigate the narrow streets, therefore, we will have to take taxis on our own (a taxi accommodates up to 4 people, and the fare is about 50 pesos a trip, about $2.50 dollars. If four people in a taxi share the cost, each one would pay about 75 cents. Only mexican currency is accepted).

NOTE: The cost of the Mexican Immigration Permit to travel into Mexico (charged by Mexican authorities and obtainable at the air or land ports of entry), beyond the 20 mile allowed distance, is about $35 USD, and it is not included in the tour price!