Discover the ancestral traditions of the Mexican indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantán on this tour from San Cristóbal de las Casas.
San Juan Chamula & San Lorenzo Zinacantán Tour
Having been picked up from your hotel in San Cristóbal de las Casas, you'll set off to the small Chiapas towns of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantán, located to the west of the city. Both of these vibrant communities provide an incredible snapshot of indigenous pre-Hispanic culture, which you'll delve into on your guided tour.
Arriving in Chamula, you'll visit the famous Temple of San Juan Bautista. While this colonial-style church originally dedicated to John the Baptist does not appear to be anything out of the ordinary, you'll find yourself a whole world away when you enter inside. You'll be captivated by the contrasts between Catholic religious icons and decorations and the indigenous religious traditions.
After visiting San Juan Chamula, you'll next make the journey to Zinacantán, where you'll witness Mexico's pre-Hispanic roots yet again as you visit the town and the Church of San Lorenzo.
What's more, you'll have the opportunity to learn all about the work of the women of Zinacantán, who weave uniquely beautiful textiles with a special loom attached to their belts. Having admired the traditional hupiles (ponchos) and blankets, you'll then head to the home of a local family where you'll be invited to sample a homemade liquor typical of the region.
At the end of your guided tour, you'll have free time to explore the lively markets selling local handicrafts, before returning to the centre of San Cristóbal de las Casas for around 3 pm.
Please respect the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and San Lorenzo Zinacantán and do not take photos of people or inside the churches.
Staying in Tuxtla Gutiérrez?
This tour departs from San Cristóbal de las Casas. If you're staying in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, you can also book this day trip to San Juan Chamula and Zincantán from there.
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Children under 2 years oldFree
This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English and Spanish speaking guide.
Transport by air conditioned minibus.
Food and drinks.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (San Cristóbal de las Casas local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.