San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

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3 reviews

San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour

From $60 per person

Explore the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan on a 5-hour cultural tour of the Chiapas region, and wander around artisan markets. Peek inside beautifully preserved churches and learn about ancient Mayan traditions.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 5 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Hotels in San Cristobal de las Casas
Small group
Limited to 14 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the indigenous communities of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan
  • Visit the elaborate Church of San Juan Bautista in Chamula
  • Experience the blend of ancient Mayan beliefs and modern day Catholic customs
  • Go to the Church of San Lorenzo and see the textile handicrafts of local weaver women
  • Learn about ancient Mayan customs of the Tzotzil people
Full description
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).
Includes
  • Round-trip transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Spanish or English-speaking guide
  • Visit to Chamula
  • Visit to a local community in Zinacantan
  • Local liquor and mini lunch of beans, quesadillas and organic coffee
  • Additional food
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please be respectful of the local people as they are usually very shy and don't like having their picture taken. Ask politely or have your guide ask for you
  • There may be between 10-15 minutes of waiting time prior to your tour departure, depending on traffic conditions and the location of your hotel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    1/5
  • Safety
    1/5
  • Service
    1/5
  • Organization
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Terrible experience!

The experience was terrible because: 1. Ecoexperience forgot our reservation. We did the tour only because our hotel's receptionist insisted a lot by phone. The tour started 40 min late 2. We had to wait moe than an hour the english guide. The spanish guide didn't explain anything. 3. The minilunch was served in terrible hygienic conditions. We refused it. Only one positive thing: the english guide was nice. I won't plan any other tour with this tour operator!

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June 30, 2015

Will NEVER use this service again!

Our tour guide was suppose to pick us up at 9:30 a.m. We waited in the hotel lobby for 3 hours and they never showed up or even had the decency to call the hotel to advise us as to why they were not showing up! I had to pay the hotel to place the call for us to find out what happened. We we're informed that the schedule had been changed to 3:00 pm because of this we lost and wasted half the day. The tour took place in the evening at dark and we were very upset . Never again will we use this service !!

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January 1, 2016

very beautiful experience

Very nice place very helpful our guide. Everything was very good only that the vehicle for 4 people is somewhat uncomfortable

August 5, 2016

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