CHIAPAS HIGHLANDS
Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
March 15-23, 2017
Travelian Journeys

  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions
  • Chiapas Highlands Markets, Textiles, and Traditions

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!



ITINERARY


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.

DAY TWO MARCH 16, THURSDAY

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.

DAY THREE - MARCH 17, FRIDAY

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

AGUACATENANGO, AMATENANGO

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*

DAY SEVEN – MARCH 21, TUESDAY

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.

Air Transportation:

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.

Airport Shuttles:
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.


 

TOUR COST

 
line
     
  Sharing Room

$1,900.00 USD


My Own Room

$2,230.00 USD

 
 
     
If you are traveling alone we will try our best to match you with another single traveler of the same gender. Otherwise we offer single accommodations for an extra fee.
     

WHAT'S INCLUDED

     
  Accommodations (8 nights)
  Breakfast daily
  Entrance fees
  Comfortable private transportation with driver
  Tipping & porterage taken care of by tour leader along the way
  Travelian tour leaders
  Small group experience: 10 travelers maximum
     
     

WAYS TO SAVE

     
   

PAY EARLY AND SAVE MONEY

     
  Save $100 USD if you pay your TRAVELIAN JOURNEY tour in full 70 days before the departure date.

This is applicable for LAND TRIPS: trips starting in San Miguel and not involving any air travel. The $100 USD savings will be applied toward the final payment; the normal deposit fee for the tour shall be paid in full.
     
     
   

FRIENDS SAVE MONEY*

     
  Inspire friends to purchase any of our 2016 - 2017 Travelian Journeys, and they will save $50 USD each.

* These savings are applicable to first time Travelian-travelers only
* These savings will be applied toward the final payment; any normal deposit fee for the tour shall be paid in full.
     
     
   

SAVE MONEY BY REFERRING*

     
  Earn $25 USD in travel credits toward a future Travelian tour by referring a friend who travels on a TRAVELIAN JOURNEY.

*These travel credits are awarded for each referred traveler who is traveling for the first time with Travelian. The travel credits will be applied toward the final payment on any selected Travelian tour occurring after the actual travel of the referred person.
     
     
   

FREQUENT TRAVELERS SAVE MORE

     
  If you have traveled with Travelian three times or more since we began operating in October 2009, please contact our Administrative Director for further information about benefits of this program: Irais Andrade: irais@travelian.com.mx
 
     
     



 
 

HOW TO RESERVE

 
line
     
  To reserve a travel space it is required to make a non-refundable deposit per person for each trip, reservations will be confirmed once your non-refundable deposit has been received.
 
    Deposit
   

$ 250 usd

     
    DEPOSITS MUST BE MADE ON OR BEFORE
   
     
    BALANCE MUST BE MADE ON OR BEFORE
   
     
     
    Trip Form
    Each traveler must turn in a signed trip form, please click the button below to send it.
(You can skip this step if you are reserving via our online booking system)
     
    Fill Trip Form
     
     
 
 
 

 
 

WAYS TO PAY

 
line
     
 

ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM

 
  You can reserve, send your trip form, and pay (with your credit card via PayPal) using our Online Booking System, to proceed, please fill the form below and click the Order Now button:


 
   
 

CREDIT CARD

 
  To pay with credit card, please contact our Administrative Director: Irais Andrade
Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307
 
 

 
 

CASH

 
  At the moment we can only accept cash payments in pesos at our office. If you'd like to pay in cash, please contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade to make an appointment.
Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307
 
 

 
 

WIRE TRANSFER

 
  To pay by wire transfer from a U.S. Bank in U.S. Dollars, please contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade and we'll send you the information. Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307  
 

 
 

CHECK

 
  At the moment we can only accept checks from Mexican banks.
If paying with check, please make your checks payable to: Rodrigo Ulises Lopez Valdes
and contact our Administrative Director Irais Andrade to deliver your check at our office. Email: irais@travelian.com.mx or by phone: +52 (415) 120 0307

You can also deliver your check at our mailbox in La Conexion on Aldama #3 in San Miguel de Allende: Please put your check, your phone number, and email address inside an envelope, seal the envelope and address it to: Travelian PMB 214-B

If you are outside Mexico, you can mail your Mexican bank check to:
Rodrigo Lopez / Travelian PMB # 214-B
220 N. Zapata Hwy. # 11
Laredo, TX 78043-4464
 
     
     

 
 
 

CANCELLATION POLICY

 
line
     
  If a traveler cancels a reservation 65 days or more before the departure date, a refund will be made of the amount paid in excess of the $250 USD non-refundable deposit.

If a traveler cancels a reservation less than 65 days before the departure date, no refund will be made of any payments received.

If you are able to find a traveler to fill your space, or Travelian Tours is able to fill the space from a waiting list, we'll refund 100% of any payments you have made.

If Travelian Tours does not have the minimum number of travelers necessary for this trip, the trip will have to be cancelled, and you will receive a full refund of any payments you have made.
 
     
 
     

TRIP INSURANCE

     
    We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for your protection.
Here are providers we recommend:
     
    www.insuremytrip.com
    www.allianztravelinsurance.com
    www.travelguard.com
     
 
     
 
 
 
 
 

WHAT TO TAKE

 
line
     
  We recommend the use of a suitcase with wheels or a duffel bag that is easy for you to carry. A good size daypack is also essential.  
     
 
     

CHECK LIST

     
  Official ID your current Passport, Mexican residency ID (originals needed for air travel)
  Original INAPAM ID (if you have one)
  Credit Cards, Debit card, Cash in Pesos for the first day (Cash machines are available)
  Active Cell Phone with recharger
  Bring sufficient funds for meals and beverages not included in trip cost
  Money Belt
  Water Bottle
  Binoculars
  Camera
  Travel Flashlight
  Hat
  Sunblock
  Sunglasses
  Insect Repellent
  Day Pack
  Light-weight Walking Shoes
  A fleece garment or light jacket can be useful in case of chilly mornings or evenings
  Simple comfortable clothing for day and evening wear
  First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea Be sure to bring your own Kleenex and small change for bathroom fees
  Personal prescription drugs
     
     
 
     
 

TOUR LEADERS

 
     
 
Photo of Carmen SilvaCarmen Silva Carmen joined the Travelian team with her own line of Personalized Shopping Tours. Carmen is knowledgeable about the markets and shops in Mexico offering finest quality products.
Learn more
 
Photo of Colleen CallawayColleen
Besman
Colleen grew up in Central and South America, and is English-Spanish bilingual. She has traveled extensively in Mexico, both on her own and with tours she has organized for 17 years.
Learn more
 
 

     
 

TOUR AT A GLANCE

 
     
 
  • Departure date
    March 15, 2017

    Return date
    March 23, 2017

    Start / finish city
    Tuxtla Gutierrez, CHIAPAS /
    Tuxtla Gutierrez, CHIAPAS

    Travel style
    Folk Art, Culture, Textiles, Nature

    Tour type
    Travelian Journeys

    Physical demands
    Level 2
 
 

 
 

TOUR ROUTE

 
 
 
   
     
     
 

CONTACT US TODAY

 
     
 
  • OFFICE

    Vicente Araiza #65,
    Fracc. La Lejona 2ª Sección
    San Miguel de Allende, GTO
    37765 México

    PHONE NUMBERS


    TOLL FREE FROM US/CAN
    1-888-505-7211

    TOLL FREE FROM MEX
    1-800-733-4057

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE
    +52 (415) 120 0307
  • +52 (415) 100 2798
  • +52 (415) 101 9175
  • E-MAIL ADDRESS