Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
March 15-23, 2017
Join Travelian guides Carmen Silva and Colleen Besman for this incomparable tour with one of Mexico’s anthropological textile experts.
Discover Chiapas, Mexico’s most indigenous and southern state! Enjoy marimba music, local cuisine, boating, and indigenous markets with a small group of similarly curious travelers and expert guides. Travel safely with excellent drivers and sleep in comfort at outstanding hotels.
Visit the 25 mile-long Sumidero River Canyon with cliffs over 3000 feet in height and abundant wildlife. Our private boat lands in the Pueblo Magico of Chiapa de Corzo, where our knowledgeable local guide will take us to a gourmet regional cuisine restaurant for lunch, then introduce us to one of Mexico’s Master Marimba makers.
Next, we’ll travel up to San Cristobal de las Casas, situated at 7200 feet, in a high fertile valley surrounded by mountains. Chiapas is home to many indigenous groups descended from the Maya, two of the largest being the Tzotzils and Tzeltals, who inhabit villages surrounding San Cristobal. The indigenous people of Chiapas speak their own languages (often in addition to Spanish), practice their own unique customs, and can be identified by their traditional dress that varies by group/village. The markets are a buzz of symphonic sounds!
Founded in 1528, San Cristobal was designated a “Pueblo Magico” (Magic Town), and is one of Mexico’s best-preserved Spanish colonial towns. With its narrow streets, colorful one-story houses, and tiled roofs that enclose lovely courtyards, it offers the visitor not only a journey back in time, but also a contemporary bohemian ambience of art galleries and sophisticated restaurants catering to an international crowd of travelers and residents. You’ll have the opportunity to visit its plethora of artisans’ markets, shops and museums, including the unsurpassed Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya with our expert guide.
Several interesting day trips we’ll take from San Cristobal include visits to the outlying highland villages of Chenalho, San Juan Chamula, San Andres, Aguacatenango, Amatenango del Valle and San Lorenzo Zinacantan. These towns offer a unique inside view into the traditions and customs of the region’s indigenous communities. We’ll be invited to visit homes and workshops of their master artisans. One of the largest autonomous indigenous communities in the world, San Juan Chamula (pop. 60,000), is just a few miles from San Cristobal, but in many ways a world apart. The church there has no pews, no altar, and the priest was expelled decades ago for meddling with local customs. Statues of the saints remain, but the nave is used for elaborate ceremonies involving candles, eggs, live chickens and — oddly — soft drinks. Our visit to Chamula on Sunday (Market Day), offers a unique window into Chiapas's rich Mayan heritage.
Join Travelian’s professional guides to this astonishing region of Mexico filled with adventure, master artisans, regional cuisine and natural wonders!
DAY ONE - MARCH 15, WEDNESDAY
TRAVEL DAY TO TUXTLA GUTIERREZ
If you wish to travel from San Miguel de Allende to Tuxtla Gutierrez with our Travelian Guides, please see our schedule of flights and shuttles. Our guides will depart from San Miguel as follows:
Depart 7:00 am (in front of St. Paul’s Church, Cardo #6, San Miguel de Allende
6:30 am Meet at St. Paul´s Church in Cardo #6. Departure. Arrive at MX airport. Lunch*
1:25 Mexico City Flight Departure. Arrive at hotel in Tuxtla Gutierrez. Check in is at 3:00 pm
5:00 THE TOUR BEGINS. Meet in lobby for orientation. That evening we will have dinner* at our hotel.
CHIAPA DE CORZO - CAÑON DEL SUMIDERO
7:00 am Breakfast at hotel and check out, depart for Chiapa de Corzo, meet our guide for a boat tour of Sumidero Canyon. Enjoy lunch* at regional restaurant. Walk to Marimba Workshop and Concert. Explore town and visit shops. Return to hotel in Tuxtla. Enjoy dinner with Birding Tour Group.
WALKING TOUR - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in our hotel lobby. Depart for San Cristobal de las Casas. Leave luggage in hotel lobby. Depart for our walking tour of San Cristobal de las Casas with our guide. Have lunch* and continue exploring town that evening walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner*.DAY FOUR– MARCH 18, SATURDAY
CHENALHO MARKET AND TOWN
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby. Depart for Chenalho with an expert textile guide. Arrive in Chenalho. Visit the main market and the Parroquia de San Pedro. Depart for San Cristobal de las Casas for lunch and continue exploring town. That evening walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner*.DAY FIVE - MARCH 19, SUNDAY
CHAMULA AND SAN ANDRES LARRAINZAR
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby. Depart for Chamula with our expert textile guide. Visit the market and church in Chamula. Depart for San Andres Larrainzar. Lunch (sack lunch en route). Explore the main church and visit the market with our guide. Depart for San Cristobal de las Casas. That evening, meet in the hotel lobby and walk to dinner*DAY SIX – MARCH 20, MONDAY
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby with our expert textile guide.
Depart for Aguacatenango. Tour the town with our guide, explore the main church, and purchase textiles. Enjoy sack lunch en route.
Depart for Amatenango. Visit a master clay artisan and view demonstrations of clay work. Have time to purchase clay work. Depart for San Cristobal de las Casas. That evening walk to a nearby restaurant for dinner*
ZINACANTAN AND FREE TIME TO EXPLORE
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby with our expert textile guide. Depart for Zinacantan. Tour the town, its churches and visit textile artisans to make purchases. Depart for San Cristobal de las Casas. Have lunch* in town. Enjoy free time. That evening meet in hotel lobby and walk to nearby restaurant for dinner*DAY EIGHT – MARCH 22, WEDNESDAY
SAN CRISTOBAL, TEXTIL MUSEUM – SNA JOLOBIL – HANDCRAFTS MARKET
8:00 am Breakfast at hotel. Meet in hotel lobby with our expert textile guide. Depart for a tour of Textile Museum and shop at Sna Jolobil and the Santo Domingo Artisan Market with our guide. Enjoy lunch* together. Free time to explore or rest. That evening meet in hotel lobby and walk to enjoy a farewell dinner together!DAY NINE – MARCH 23 THURSDAY
TRAVEL DAY TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
7:30 am Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel. THE TOUR ENDS at this point.
If you wish to travel with our guides back to San Miguel they will depart after breakfast for Tuxtla Gutierrez airport. Lunch*at the airport.
Please see our flight and shuttle options.
*Meals marked with an asterisk are not included in the fee.
This itinerary is subject to changes without prior notification.
FLIGHTS AND AIRPORT SHUTTLES
This tour begins in Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas and ends in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
You are responsible for your own air transportation.
Special Note re: Airports
On all trips which include air travel, each traveler must be able to be responsible for carrying/rolling own luggage from land transportation to check-in and/or gates, as well as from gates to baggage claim to land transportation, as porters are not always available at airports.
If you wish to travel with our guides they will be flying on:
» March 15, 2017 Mexico City Airport
INTERJET Flight # 2605 Departs 1:25 pm
Arrives in Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport at 2:55 pm
» March 23, 2017 Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport
INTERJET Flight # 2600 Departs at 12:50 pm
Arrives in MX 2:30 pm
Flight times may change, however, our goal is to depart at this time.
Depart 7:00 am
March 15, 2017 San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City Airport
(in front of St. Paul’s Church, Cardo #6, San Miguel de Allende)
Return 3:30 pm
» March 23, 2017 Mexico City Airport to San Miguel de Allende
7:00 pm Approximate arrival depending on traffic at St. Paul’s Church (Cardo #6, San Miguel de Allende)
We are able of offer you van transportation for a fee ~ Please call our office to make a reservation +52(415 120 0307)
(these prices apply for a minimum of 4 passengers), otherwise you will need to arrange your own transportation to the airport.
Shuttle cost: (Amount in USD) This cost will depend on the number of passengers.