San Cristóbal de las Casas

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  • Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

    1. Sumidero National Park Full-Day Trip from San Cristobal

    Embark on amazing experience to Sumidero National Park. Explore Sumidero Canyon and the town of Chiapa de Corzo on this 9-hour tour from San Cristobal. Begin with a 45-minute drive through the mountains, along a scenic highway toward Tuxtla Gutierrez. Admire the beautiful panoramic views as you pass through the clouds to reach the canyon. The tour continues with a boat trip, as you marvel at the immense Sumidero Canyon from another perspective. After taking in this stunning natural scenery, you’ll visit the magical town of Chiapa de Corzo, known for its magnificent 16th-century Mudéjar Fountain, with its colorful xicalpestles (lacquered and painted gourds). It’s also home to Parachico revelers, the main attraction at the Fiesta of San Sebastián. After the visit you’ll continue on the drive, enjoying breathtaking views of the Sumidero Canyon from several lookout points, including the ...

  • Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

    2. Sumidero Canyon Excursion from San Cristobal de las Casas

    Marvel at the majestic walls of the Sumidero Canyon on this 5-hour excursion that feels like a journey back in time. Tours depart from the Algrano Cafe in San Cristobal de las Casas. After a transfer to the jetty, take a boat to the canyon. Be on the lookout for crocodiles, monkeys and a wide variety of birds. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the colonial city of Chiapa de Corzo. Take some time to browse the numerous shops that offer local craft items. Continue to San Cristobal de las Casas, where the tour ends.

    A great trip! A guide that could translate to English would have made this trip even better as there was a few pieces of information shared throughout the boat trip but the sights were stunning and well worth it regardless. Trip also took closer to 8.5 hours.

  • Agua Azul & Palenque Ruins: Full-Day Tour from San Cristobal

    3. Agua Azul & Palenque Ruins: Full-Day Tour from San Cristobal

    Your full-day tour leaves San Cristobal de las Casas for the 90-minute transfer to Agua Azul. When you reach this series of glittering cascades you’ll have free time to immerse yourself in the pools, and later you’ll see Misol Ha, the highest waterfall in Mexico. In the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains you’ll marvel at Agua Azul, a series of cascades and shallow pools of limestone-rich water. You can follow the movement of the water down a series of natural dams to the point where it ends the clear, waist-deep Shumulhá River. During April and May, the dry months, the water is a shimmering blue due the high amount of limestone present. In the rainy season the color is diluted because of the increased volume of water. These beautiful cascades continue on for miles across lush valleys and canyons. The Mayan archaeological site at Palenque is your next stop on the tour. Palenque was a Ma...

    if you have a chance to travel to Palenque area, rather do it instead of doing the one day trip. if you dont have it, this is I guess the cheapest version you can do from San Christobal. the minivan is really small, the roads are bad...but for us the waterfalls + palenque was worth. it is only about where are the limits of your comfort and how many time do you have for travels.

  • San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

    4. San Cristobal: Chiflon Waterfalls & Montebello Day Tour

    Start this full-day adventure into the wilderness of Chiapas with a morning pick-up from your hotel in San Cristobal. Drive to the impressive El Chiflon Waterfalls near the colonial city of Comitan, and hike an approximate 1-mile (1.5 kilometers) to the top of the multi-staged cascades, surrounded by mountains and rainforest. Known for creating the impression of a pair of “angel’s wings” that appear to emerge from the mountain, the falls also offer striking turquoise waters that you can take a dip in at the end of your walk. Continue to Montebello Lakes, a collection of 52 crystal clear lakes surrounded by pine forest. Here, you can dive into the refreshing blue waters, and even cross in a cayuco (a small, rustic wooden raft) to see beautiful orchids. In total, you will visit about 5 to 7 of the main lakes to experience the contrasting colors, which can vary from dark green, t...

  • From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

    5. From San Cristóbal: Agua Azul and Palenque Day Trip

    Following pick-up from your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas, head towards the ancient Maya city of Palenque and stop at the amazing waterfalls of Agua Azul along the way. Gaze in awe at the cascades, formed by the currents of the Otulún, Shumuljá and Tulijá rivers and shallow canyons banked by vertical cliffs. Get the chance to cool down with a swim, time permitting, and marvel at the different areas and landscapes of the natural wonder. Continue to the waterfalls of Misol-Ha, where the water can rise to heights of up to 30 meters in the natural rainforest surroundings. Then, discover the ruins of the Maya civilization at the archaeological site of Palenque. Admire the impressive buildings and structures of the former city state, including the Temple of the Foliated Cross and Temple of the Sun in the stunning Temple of the Cross group of step pyramids. Return to San Cristóbal at th...

    Palenque is really great, just be prepared that there is limited possibility to buy food and what is available is overexpensed. Aqua Azul is also nice, but not sure about swimming, I want do that, water is a but dirty. The other cascade is nice, but would have prefered to skip it, the trip is already so long.

  • San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

    6. San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

    Learn about the indigenous communities of the state of Chiapas on a 5-hour cultural tour of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. A local guide will explain the history of the region, famous for its blend of Mayan beliefs and Catholicism. Go to the Church of San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist) to admire the beautiful façade and peek inside at the arrangement of altars, where the Catholic saints are dressed according to indigenous customs. Learn about the native people and their traditions, and how ancient Mayan beliefs intertwine with modern day Catholic practices. Continue to Zinacantan, near San Cristobal de las Casas, and visit the Church of San Lorenzo (St. Lawrence). Watch the laborious handicrafts of the weaver women, who, with a loom at their waists, produce magnificent textile pieces, including tablecloths, bedspreads, cushion covers and traditional huipiles (ponchos).

  • Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

    7. Montebello Lakes and Chiflon Day Tour from San Cristobal

    This 12-hour tour takes you from San Cristobal de las Casas in the morning to Lagos de Montebello. Head first to the Chiflón waterfall, a natural freefall of water surrounded by reeds and palm groves. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Montebello Lakes in a nature reserve that is Mexico's most beautiful lake district. The reserve comprises acres of pines, oaks and rainforest where, weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to enjoy views of the many lakes and the varying colors of the waters. After visiting this picturesque natural environment, the tour returns to San Cristobal de Las Casas, arriving in the early evening.

  • Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

    8. Agua Azul, Misol-Ha & Palenque Ruins

    Enjoy the stunning Chiapas state and explore its many treasures on this exciting day tour. Travel from San Cristobal to the beautiful Agua Azul Cascades, one of Mexico's most stunning natural attractions. Marvel at the clear blues of the water and relax to a breakfast of tasty regional dishes. After breakfast, opt for a invigorating dip in the large ponds formed by the waterfalls. From Agua Azul, make your way to the impressive Misol-Ha Cascade, which drops from a staggering 25 meters. Relax before this beautiful natural wonder and let the majestic sounds of cascading water wash over you. After Misol-Ha, head over to the fascinating Palenque Archeological Site, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its immense historic and cultural richness. Spend a few hours here exploring the remains of one of the capital cities of the Mayan empire. The tour will end in Palenque at 17:00, an...

    El tour era en un bus pequeño, resultó un carro sedan para 4 personas, la comida incluida era en agua azul y resultó que debíamos desayunar antes de partir. El conductor nos ayudó a solucionar, y gracias, aunque fue incómodo y el # contacto no disponible justo en ese momento. Luego todo estuvo de maravilla.

  • Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

    9. Las Nubes Waterfalls & Comitan Magical Town

    Explore the nature and beauty of LAS NUBES Waterfalls formed by the Santo Domingo River and visit Comitan Magical Town. Discover the natural beauty of the Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas. Arrive and start to know this beautiful place, seeing the suspension bridge, the water falls and then we have a walking tour through the nature to the side of the river going up to the hill for  interesting panoramic views of the  Santo Domingo River (2hrs). Look out upon this mystical setting from a vantage point that is almost 500 feet high. You’ll even have the chance to walk along a majestic suspension bridge and enjoy the refreshing mist from the waterfalls. After the visit we will have time to eat food (lunch)  and then continue with the  visit of  Comitan Magical Town (1.3 hrs). After the visit,the tour will will continue back to San Cristobal, where you will be dropped o...

  • Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

    10. Chamula and Zinacantán Day Trip from San Cristóbal

    Learn more about the everyday lives and ancient beliefs of the indigenous Tzotzil Maya people on an amazing day trip from San Cristóbal de las Casas. Travel in air-conditioned comfort to the town of San Juan Chamula to get a better understanding of the mix of contemporary culture and ancient traditions that gives the town its unique aspect. Continue to Zinacantán, where the majority of the population are Tzotzil Maya indigenous people. Visit the church and the home of a family co-operative, where you will be welcomed with a regional drink and can watch the women at work on pre-Columbian waist looms. Get invited into their kitchen to taste their traditional handmade tortillas before the return journey to San Cristóbal de las Casas.

    A great trip with a very good guide. He was extremely interactive and did not hesitate to translate into different languages to ensure incusivity. Would highly reccommend!

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 101 reviews

The excellent very attentive guide we liked the cannon very much and the captain also Very nice and we didn't bother to give him a tip, on the contrary they make an effort and as if not to tip him and veneer of venison well good prices

Incredible tour, learnt so much about the customs of the indigenous people and their history. Alfonzo was an excellent tour guide, with a good sense of humor and able to switch between English and Spanish so easily.

A great excursion with a very good Alfonso guide. He was able to adapt to all the participants and did not hesitate to translate into several languages. His explanations were sharp, complete and mastered.

A great trip with a very good guide. He was extremely interactive and did not hesitate to translate into different languages to ensure incusivity. Would highly reccommend!

It is magical to enter the canyon of the sinkhole, see the fauna and listen to the explanation is extremely interesting.