Tucked away in the south east corner of Mexico, Chiapas is one of the country’s most unexplored and yet one its most fascinating and diverse states ranging from lush, green jungle to incredible Mayan ruins and a very traditional world of ancient festivities, traditions, crafts and cuisine.
- Hike through and practice bird watching in Palenque’s archeological ruins
- Immerse yourself in San Cristobal de las Casas local markets, art, culture & music
- For a luxurious & relaxing time, head to Cascadas de Agua Azul’s waterfalls & pools
- Take a boat trip to Sumidero Canyon’s waterfalls & oddly shaped rock formations
Chiapas boasts a great natural beauty with places such as the dramatic Sumidero Canyon, the Agua Azul waterfalls, the Montebello Lagoons and the Lacandon Jungle, which is the largest area of rainforest in the country and home to a huge number of plant and animal species.
For those with an interest in Mayan history and culture, then Chiapas is a must! Located within its forests and jungles are a number of the most important and dramatic of Mexico’s Mayan archaeological sites such as Tonina, Palenque, Bonampak and the jungle-shrouded Yaxchilan.
Culturally the state is equally fascinating with the magical city of San Cristobal de las Casas at its heart. With its cobbled streets, beautiful religious buildings like the Cathedral and the Templo de Santo Domingo as well as wonderful plazas, markets and restaurants, the town has become a delightful hippy hangout and well worth staying for a few days. It is surrounded by a few indigenous Indian villages such as San Juan Chamula that offer a glimpse into a very different world.