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Find the right tour package for you through Chiapas. We've got 22 trips going to Chiapas, starting from just 4 days in length, and the longest tour is 10 days. The most popular month to go is May, which has the most tour departures.

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Experience the Best of Guatemala Landscapes Tour

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  • Christmas & New Year

Experience the Best of Guatemala Landscapes

Escape to Paradise in the Heart of Chiapas Tour

Escape to Paradise in the Heart of Chiapas

Chiapas Experience Tour

  • Sightseeing

Chiapas Experience

Wonderful experience of the lesser known parts of Mexico. Guide was knowledgeable and seamlessly transitioned from Spanish to English. I do wish we would have had time to wander Palenque on our own. The last hotel I was booked in had a race finishing at 6am the next morning- loudspeakers and music that was very loud-which was brutal since we had a 3:30am start the previous day.

Private 8-Day Immersive Cultural Tour in Chiapas with Day Trips Tour

Private 8-Day Immersive Cultural Tour in Chiapas with Day Trips

Magic Chiapas Tour

Magic Chiapas

Mexico - Natural Chiapas Tour

Mexico - Natural Chiapas

San Cristobal de las Casas City Break Tour

San Cristobal de las Casas City Break

Palenque tour: Explore Wonderful Chiapas and Beauty Waterfalls Tour

Palenque tour: Explore Wonderful Chiapas and Beauty Waterfalls

Weekend Wonder: A Journey Through Chiapas Tour

Weekend Wonder: A Journey Through Chiapas

Chiapas Explorer Tour

Chiapas Explorer

Very good. I enjoy it very much.

Chiapas Icons: A Journey Through History and Nature Tour

Chiapas Icons: A Journey Through History and Nature

Fenomenal Chiapas Adventure Tour

Fenomenal Chiapas Adventure

Chiapas: Land of Wonderful Natural Reserves Tour

Chiapas: Land of Wonderful Natural Reserves

Chiapas & Tabasco: Immersing in the Rich History of Two Cultures Tour

Chiapas & Tabasco: Immersing in the Rich History of Two Cultures

Discover the Bohemian Side of Chiapas and its Fantastic Cultural and Natural Attractions Tour

Discover the Bohemian Side of Chiapas and its Fantastic Cultural and Natural Attractions

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Your Ultimate Guide to Chiapas, Mexico

04/13/2021 by Emily Becker 2 Comments

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There’s something about Chiapas that gives my heart that little pitter-patter. Maybe it’s the landscapes, the incredible coffee, or the plentiful opportunities for adventure. Between the thick jungles, remote beaches, and high mountain peaks, this state in Mexico has so much to offer.

If you’re not convinced to come to Chiapas yet, here’s a better idea of what’s in store:

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Waterfalls You’ll Fall in Love With

You may have seen the waterfalls of Chiapas posted all over Instagram and Pinterest . Crystal clear pools nestled in the mountainous jungles, oh my! What you see online about these waterfalls is the real deal. The areas where you can find these magnificent falls are protected by both governmental and non-governmental organizations and it shows. Here are a few that I personally recommend visiting:

Cascadas El Chiflón

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When you go to Chiapas, you cannot miss a trip to El Chiflón. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to in Mexico and unlike any other waterfall I’ve seen before. It’s about 2 and a half hours away from both San Cristóbal de las Casas and Tuxtla and 45 minutes from Comitán by car. The distance makes it a great option for a day trip from any of those bigger cities.

As you enter the park, you’ll see a small river below with a trail leading to the waterfalls. Moving along the trail, the waterfalls get bigger until you finally reach the most impressive one, Velo de Novia (the bride’s veil). At the end of the trail, there’s an amazing view of the waterfall and the mist rising from below. From that point, you can see the other trails around the falls, which are awesome to explore as well.

As you make your way back, you can actually zipline over the falls as a fun shortcut. I found it was an exciting way to see everything from above. It costs 200 pesos (about $10 USD) to zipline.

The entrance to El Chiflón is 50 pesos (about $2.50 USD).

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Since I arrived in Chiapas, everyone kept telling me I HAD to go to Agua Azul. After visiting, I understand the hype!

Agua Azul, gets its name from the intense turquoise pools both above and underneath the waterfall. It’s considered one of the best waterfalls in Chiapas because of its boisterous power and beauty.

However, I found Agua Azul to be crowded. There were so many food stalls, souvenir vendors, and large tour groups in such close proximity to the waterfall. It wasn’t a deal breaker for me, but it’s something to consider if you’re looking for a more low-key experience.

You can get to Agua Azul from San Cristóbal de las Casas, which is about 4 hours away. If you’re driving through Chiapas independently, it could be a great stop on your way to Palenque from San Cris or just as a quick day trip from Palenque. However, if you want to keep San Cris as your base, this tour picks you up from your hotel and will take you to both Agua Azul and Palenque in the same day.

Entrance to Agua Azul can be confusing. At the entrance to Salto de Agua ecopark (where Agua Azul is located), you have to pay a 10 pesos entrance fee. Then, you’ll have to pay again to actually access the falls, which will be another 20 pesos.

Cascadas Misol-Ha

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While the other waterfalls on this list are bright blue paradises, Misol-Ha has a totally different feel. Here you won’t find turquoise pools, but you will find a picturesque waterfall surrounded by bright green vegetation.

Misol-Ha is about 115 feet tall and towers above a pool that you can swim in. You can also follow a small trail that will take you right behind the mighty falls, which has a spectacular view.

This one is located close to Palenque. It’s about a 45-minute drive away and is often included on different tours going out from there. If you’re not into a tour, it’s easy to visit Misol-Ha from Palenque on your own.

This waterfall is another one where you have to pay twice to actually get to it. The first park entrance fee is 10 pesos, and then it’s another 10 pesos to access the falls.

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This stunning waterfall and waterway is much more remote than the others and is close to the Guatemalan border. It’s about a 5 hour drive from San Cristóbal de las Casas, but definitely worth the distance!

Las Nubes feels like you’re stepping into the garden of Eden. The lush greenery surrounding the brilliant blue waters with the round boulders above the cascades will take your breath away.

The best part of visiting Las Nubes is swimming in the blue pools above the falls. The water remains cool and refreshing year-round. It costs 30 pesos to enter the park. You can also rent a raft at the tourism center of the park for about $1,500 pesos (about $75 USD), which can fit up to 5 people.

Because of how far away Las Nubes is, I recommend spending a couple days exploring the area. You can easily camp around the park itself, or you can find other accommodation in Lagos de Montebello (see below). I camped nearby and enjoyed it, but another great option is this ecolodge which is right on the river.

Chiapas’ Best Archaeological Sites

Chiapas is located in southern Mexico, bordering Guatemala to the east. In fact, the general region of what is now known as Chiapas was part of Guatemala until 1824. This region of Mexico is known for being the most tied to its indigenous roots, which is evident in the local culture. You can often find local women wearing head-to-toe traditional clothing and there are many ceremonies and rituals that are still practiced here.

Chiapas is rich in indigenous culture and traditions that have been passed down for centuries. If you want a direct look into the past to better understand the roots of Mayan culture, take a trip to an archaeological site and dive head first into the beauty and mysticism of the ancient societies of Chiapas:

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The first time I went to Palenque to explore the Mayan ruins there, I was speechless. I’ve been to my fair share of ruins and Palenque is by far my favorite.

The main temple on the grounds has a tomb inside, which used to house the deceased kings of the ancient city. You can go inside the dark, cavelike ruins and see where the kings used to lie. As you make your way through the ruins, I highly suggest hiring a guide. There are a lot of different symbols, sacred geometry, and even paintings which would be difficult to decipher without an expert present.

The city of Palenque has its own airport, which you can fly to from Mexico City. There isn’t a whole lot happening there, but it’s in the jungle and there are quite a few restaurants with traditional dishes to try. If you do go to Palenque, be prepared for humid weather and a lot of mosquitos!

Getting to the ruins from Palenque is as simple as driving there yourself or booking a tour once you get into town. These tours range from 300 to 1,000 pesos, depending on what is included. They are run out of local travel agencies, but you can also book one through GetYourGuide . The entrance fee for the ruins is 75 pesos, plus the 35 pesos fee to enter the surrounding national park where the ruins are.

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Meaning “House of Stone”, Toniná is the tallest archeological site in Mexico at 233 feet tall. If you’re ready for the climb of your life, you can trek up the stairs all the way to the top! I visited Toniná back in 2017 and was amazed at the view from the top of the main structure. With the gorgeous mountains in the background, it made the hike up totally worth it.

Toniná isn’t often crowded, and there’s a good chance you will have the site to yourself. It’s not a very well known archeological site yet, so it doesn’t have the same crowds you’d find at Palenque or other popular sites.

The entrance fee for Toniná is 46 pesos, which is cheaper than other big sites. Toniná is located just outside of the city of Ocosingo, which is about equidistant from San Cristóbal and Palenque, making it easily accessible from either of those cities. Tours to Toniná are often included in those which visit other archaeological sites, so it’s rare to find one that will just go there. One of those tours will cost around 500 pesos, which usually includes the park entrance fees.

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These ruins have the best preserved Mayan murals that have ever been found. When I saw them I couldn’t believe how old they were and it felt like I took a step back in time. The murals are the main focal point at Bonampak, and it’s worth hiring a guide to explain what they mean. There are some powerful images in the murals that give you an inside look at the ancient Mayan culture.

You can get to Bonampak from either San Cristóbal de las Casas, or more easily from Palenque. I recommend Palenque because it’s geographically closer and there are far more tours available. Taking a tour as opposed to tackling the ruins on your own won’t give you the same freedom of being on your own schedule, but it takes a lot of the pressure off.

If you decide to visit on your own, the park entrance fee to the park itself is 45 pesos, plus 25 pesos to enter the ruins themselves.

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Located close to Bonampak, a trip to Yaxchilán will take you deeper into the jungle. The area around the ruins is one of the most sparsely populated places in all of Mexico, giving it some serious Indiana Jones vibes.

Yaxchilán is famous for the Maya hieroglyphs that are carved into the stones of the temples. These glyphs tell the story of the different dynasties of the ancient city. It’s fascinating to learn about these ancient civilizations and also interesting to ponder how much the world has changed since then!

Both Bonampak and Yaxchilán are off the beaten path and you won’t find the flocks of tourists like you will at many ruins in the Yucatan peninsula , for example. A tour that will take you to both of them from Palenque will cost around $40 USD, which doesn’t include a guide. Last time I went, I paid $10 USD at each place for a Spanish-speaking guide. If you don’t speak Spanish, you can ask for a guide who speaks English.

Getting to Yaxchilán is quite a journey and one you can take at your own risk. It involves crossing a river by boat, which can be expensive if you’re traveling alone. The entrance fee to the town itself is about 30 pesos, and there’s another fee to enter the ruins of about 30 pesos.

For ease, safety, and cost, I recommend doing a tour that will take you to both Yaxchilán and Bonampak which includes park fees and transportation.

Tenam Puente

Tenam Puente is just outside the small city of Comitan. The name literally translates to “defensive bridge” and was primarily used as a trading hub for nearly 1,000 years. You can climb the tallest temple there and get an awesome view of the scenery surrounding the site. There are also a few ball courts where the ancient Maya people used to play the sacred ball game.

One of my favorite things about visiting Tenam Puente was how empty it was when I went. Even though it was semana santa , or spring break, there were only a few groups of tourists in the entire site. It was at Tenam Puente that I felt much more connected to the spirit of the site and was able to sit with the peace and calm at this once-bustling city. If you can get a little bit of space, it’s cool to do a short meditation at the top of the temple.

The cost to enter the ruins is 45 pesos. If you’re curious about the Mayan ball game, consider hiring a guide who can take you through the courts and explain how it’s played.

Historic Towns

San cristóbal de las casas.

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If you’ve read our post all about San Cristóbal de las Casas , you already know that San Cris has a very special place in my heart. It’s a charming colonial city high up in the mountains of Chiapas and a hub for artisans, yogis, and creative people of all kinds.

San Cris serves as a great base when visiting Chiapas because of how central it is. From here, you can easily take a day trip in any direction to visit ruins, waterfalls, and nature parks. Additionally, there is a wealth of history and culture here. With plenty of museums to visit and long pedestrian streets to stroll, you can spend a good amount of time here. I came here 4 years ago while traveling and I’ve just come back to stay – it has a magnetic quality!

San Cris is about an hour’s drive from the capital city Tuxtla Gutierrez, where the nearest airport is. If you’re renting a car to travel through Chiapas, I recommend doing so in Tuxtla as there is (literally) only one place in all of San Cris to rent a car. If you come during high season (around spring break and December), there is a chance that the rental company will be out of cars to rent.

San Juan Chamula

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You’ll see signs all over the place about tours to visit San Juan Chamula as soon as you get to San Cris. This charming and mystical small town is only about a 20-minute drive from downtown San Cris and can be easily visited via taxi.

San Juan Chamula is known throughout the region as THE place to go to experience the heart of indigenous culture in Chiapas. The main attraction is an old church where priests, shamans, and local observers go to practice their sacred religious rituals. One of these rituals involves drinking Coca Cola and burping as a way of ridding the body of bad spirits. Yes, burping!

The cemeteries sprinkled throughout the town are a unique feature of Chamula. The grave sites at these cemeteries seem to pop up out of nowhere. In fact, it’s common practice in many indigenous communities here to bury loved ones in their own backyard. As buildings change hands or are knocked down, the graves remain.

It is important when visiting Chamula to be respectful of the local culture and customs. There is a very heavily-enforced rule at the church in Chamula that no phones or photography is permitted. There are signs outside that advertise this rule, and it applies to other sacred places there, too.

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The first time I visited Zinacantán, I fell in love. This small town is best known for its handwoven textiles and traditional clothing. You’ll see women weaving fabrics by hand on a traditional waist loom. It’s fascinating to watch them carefully move the threads in and out of one another. It made me appreciate the meticulous care put into the garments. Read more about our favorite ways to support women when we travel here .

Most people in Zinacantán live off the textiles and clothing sold there, making it a great place to purchase souvenirs. That way, you can directly support the hard work of the artisans. The vibe of this town is much more laid back than San Juan Chamula, which made it easier to strike up a conversation with the locals.

There is a beautiful church in the center of Zinacantán that is definitely worth taking a peek at. During Catholic holidays, the church is filled with flowers which fills the space with a delightful floral aroma. There is no explicit “no pictures” policy at this church. However, it’s best to avoid taking pictures of people in their place of worship, no matter where you go. Stick to taking pictures of the architecture, the art, and the altars, but avoid snapping pictures of locals in the church.

You can easily go to both San Juan Chamula and Zinacantán in the same day on your own or with a tour. This one will bring you to both and even includes a traditional drink!

Chiapa de Corzo

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Do not, I repeat, do NOT go to Chiapas without going to Chiapa de Corzo! I might be partial to this magical town because of its delicious food, but there’s something for everyone there. If you want to get a taste of Mayan culture, this is the place.

Chiapa de Corzo is famous for its large festive celebrations including Dia de Los Muertos at the end of October as well as Christmas and Easter. Hang out in the main plaza and catch a glimpse of the dancers called parachicos moving together in synchronicity while wearing wooden masks and traditional wigs.

Beyond the cultural richness of the town, Chiapa de Corzo is located right next to Cañon del Sumidero. This canyon can be explored by boat while floating down the Sumidero river. There you might catch a glimpse of the crocodiles, monkeys, and birds that inhabit the area while you gaze up at the towering walls of rock. This tour includes both Chiapa de Corzo and Cañon del Sumidero and operates out of San Cristóbal, which is just a 45-minute drive away.

Comitán de Domínguez

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Comitán is the best base for exploring the wonders of southern Chiapas, as it is closer to many of the waterfalls mentioned above. This quaint town is known for its famous Christmas celebrations every year. The best part of visiting Comitán is how down-to-earth and non-touristy it is. Walking through the streets, you’ll likely see very few foreigners and not a whole lot of English happening in general, so be prepared if you don’t speak Spanish!

There also always seems to be music playing. The most common music to hear in the plaza is Marimba, which tends to illicit large crowds of dancing people. Join in if you can!

While you’re there, don’t miss the Rosario Castellanos Cultural Center, which hosts different art, music, and language workshops for the local community. It also has a theater, cafe, and bookstore inside and is right behind the Museo Arqueológico de Comitán. This museum is free and has some pretty neat artifacts from nearby ruins.

Coffee Farms

You don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to know a great cup of coffee when you taste one. I’ve been ruined for life now because after tasting the coffee here in Chiapas, there is no going back. Whether you’re an expert on all things coffee or merely an enthusiast (like me!), here are a couple places where you can try some delicious brews and see where it all comes from:

This coffee farm is by far the most famous on the Ruta del Café here in Chiapas. It can be found about an hour north of Tapachula in southern Chiapas and has its own hotel and resort attached. The hotel is a bit of a splurge to stay at, but you can easily take a day trip there from Tapachula and just tour the farm. There is nothing quite like sipping the freshest coffee you’ve ever tasted with the backdrop of rolling green hills.

Finca Hamburgo

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This coffee plantation is one of the oldest in Chiapas and was founded by a German family. The hotel on the grounds has some amazing views of the coffee plants and mountains, which are covered in green vegetation.

They also have tours of the facilities where you can learn about the coffee making process, the machinery, and the different varieties of plants on the farm. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to try some of the freshest brews directly from the farm itself. Sounds like a dream!

Finca Hamburgo is a bit more remote than Argovia at about two hours north of Tapachula in the heart of the coffee region. Both of these places would make an excellent day trip from Tapachula, but could also be made into a longer trip if you fancy staying for a while at one of the hotels.

A Beach Destination Unlike Any Other

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If you’re into the kind of destination that does NOT include big resorts and crowded beaches, the coast of Chiapas is for you. Boca del Cielo and Puerto Arista are the closest beaches to San Cristóbal de las Casas–about 4 hours away by car.

To get to the beach from San Cris, you will take the long and winding highway 190D for about 3 hours to reach Tonalá. This small city is the last place where you can find a grocery store and the best pit stop to stock up on snacks and drinks if you want to bring anything with you to the beach.

From there, you can drive (or take a taxi) to Puerto Arista where you’ll have to cross a lagoon by boat to get to the long strip of beach where you’ll find a few hotels spread out along the coast.

My favorite place to stay there is Entremares which has A-frame cabins and a geodesic dome. The rest of the buildings are built from earth and sand, which contributes to the overall eco-friendly vibe of the place.

The biggest draw of Puerto Arista and Boca del Cielo is the neat contrast of the lagoon with the mountains in the background and the grey beach on the other side of the isthmus. In this area you can take a dip in the lagoon and then walk for 5 minutes to then jump into the ocean. The best of both worlds!

Because of how remote this beach is, I recommend booking your accommodation ahead of time and clarifying with your host on how to get there. Boats that cross the lagoon are relatively cheap during the day (around $3 per person, per trip) but can increase at night.

Bonus: Lagos de Montebello

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Imagine pulling up to a misty lake surrounded by pine-filled mountains after sleeping in the car for several hours only to realize you’ve stumbled upon paradise. That’s exactly what happened to me when I went to Lagos de Montebello while on a packed full-day tour.

This dreamy lake has a few small islands on it and is part of a chain of lakes along the Guatemalan border. Because of the altitude it gets quite chilly, especially during the winter months. I went in December when it was freezing cold outside! When the air is cold, the temperature of the water in the lake remains a few degrees warmer, creating steam above the lake.

The main activity at Montebello is floating around on a wooden boat, which are the same ones the Maya people used to cross the lake. From there, you’ll take a couple stops at different islands on the lake and you can even go for a swim!

Before You Go

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Since Chiapas is still relatively off the beaten path, there are a few things to keep in mind before traveling there.

  • Road Blockades: It’s commonplace to be driving on the highway in Chiapas and see that a road has been blocked by demonstrators. If you’re taking a road trip, be prepared to take an alternate route if you find yourself in a long traffic jam due to a blockade.
  • Children Selling Souvenirs: You can expect to see many children selling trinkets, bracelets and other souvenirs in Chiapas. While some people feel called to purchase from those children, I don’t recommend it. Check out this article or do your own research before deciding for yourself.
  • Photography: As I said above, please be mindful when taking photos in Chiapas. Many travelers feel inclined to take photos of or with local children without the parent’s consent. Here’s an article to provide some perspective.
  • Language: While other places in Mexico may cater more to an English-speaking crowd, there are many places in Chiapas where it may be difficult to find an English speaker. Knowing a few key phrases goes a long way here, so no need to become absolutely fluent. Try downloading the offline Spanish-English and English-Spanish dictionary on the Google Translate app in case you need a translation in a pinch.
  • Leave No Trace: The principle values of Leave No Trace are not limited to national parks in the USA. Organizations are working hard to keep the natural beauty of Chiapas free of pollution. Consider this while traveling and try to avoid single-use plastic whenever possible!
  • Supporting Local Communities: Chiapas has plenty of opportunities to buy directly from artisans. That being said, there are plenty of big stores selling cheap dupes of local handicrafts. If you want to read more about supporting local women and artisans, check out our post about it.

Wondering how to fit all these sites into one trip? Here’s a map of each of the places mentioned so you can start planning:

Chiapas feels like it carries the heart and soul of what Mexico once was. Going out to these remote places to take in the natural beauty of the landscape brought me a lot of solace during a time when everything else felt like it was being turned upside down. Chiapas is often overlooked as travelers tend to favor the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, but that is what has allowed it to maintain its originality. Next time you get the itch to visit Mexico, consider coming to bask in the beauty of Chiapas.

About the author: Emily is a Mexico travel enthusiast based in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. She is a part-time freelance writer for BMTM and part-time doula.

About Emily Becker

Emily Becker is a digital nomad based in Costa Rica. She's been traveling on and off since 2014 and has visited 15 countries—planning to tick many more off her bucket list. In addition to writing for BMTM, she works as a copywriter and project manager.

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03/08/2022 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for this detailed! I am planning to visit San Cristobal in November 2022 with my family. We want to visit Palenque as a day trip with a tour company. Do you feel this is safe to travel on highway 199? I have read some things that are giving me pause, and would love to hear from someone with more experience in the area.

03/10/2022 at 8:07 am

Hi Lily! How exciting that you’re planning to come to San Cristóbal. Visiting Palenque as a day trip from San Cris isn’t possible as the drive is about 6 hours (on a good day with no road blocks), so consider going for a few days at least. One day for travel each way, plus a full day to see the ruins, though I think two days with a guide is the best way to go if you have time.

Traveling on the highways here can be a bit of a wildcard. Right now I believe highway 199 might be a no-go because of some conflicts in one of the towns that it runs through. There are other routes that are safer, but they will take more time. If you want to get more info leading up to your trip, check out the San Cristobal Expats Community Facebook group, as people regularly update the page with their experiences traveling through the region.

I hope this is helpful and will give you some peace of mind about coming to Chiapas. I have lived here for about a year and a half and think it’s one of the most magical places in Mexico. Have a wonderful trip!

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Chiapas Is the Key to Understanding Mexico's Rich Indigenous Heritage

Steeped in Mayan heritage, the country’s southernmost state is Mexico at its most unexpected.

As I stood outside the Iglesia de San Juan de Bautista in the village of San Juan Chamula in Chiapas, Mexico, I marveled at the artistry of the traditional dress worn by the congregants filing in. Women of every age showed off ornately embroidered black sheepskin skirts and sashes and blouses the color of Easter eggs. It was a reminder of Chamula's status as a stronghold of ancient Tzotzil and Tzeltal Mayan culture — and the resilience of its native communities , which were exploited and displaced after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century.

Shyly, I poked my head inside the church. The haze of copal incense smoke, flickering candlelight, and the low hum of prayer drew me in. At first, the religious cues felt familiar enough. Worshippers knelt amid thousands of candles as rays of morning light streaked through windows into the cavernous space. But as my eyes adjusted to the dim glow, I realized everything else was unfamiliar. There were no pews, no formal mass, no crucifixes. Instead, saints with the iconographic power of Mayan deities lined the walls. Sewn onto their clothing were mirrors, which are thought to reflect the sins of onlookers and to serve as gateways to the spirit world for true believers.

Like most Indigenous groups in the largely agrarian southern state of Chiapas, the Chamulans believe they live at the center of the earth. Their religion, Mexican syncretism, worships the forces of nature, the animals of the jungle, and the planets in the sky. It's combined with a form of Catholicism that places John the Baptist above Christ. From my position at the back of the church, I watched a middle-aged shaman attend to a young boy whose head was wrapped in white gauze. Rocking back and forth, she took his pulse as his parents hovered, their eyes closed in prayer.

Chiapas is almost entirely forested, rising gently, and then precipitously, from the Pacific coastal jungles to the central highlands, before reaching 13,850 feet at the peak of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas. More than 25 percent of the state's roughly four million inhabitants are Indigenous, and most of its 12 ethnic groups trace their roots to pre-Columbian Mayan peoples.

Following Mexico's independence in 1821, a small landowning elite replaced the colonial rulers, and most of the farmers (except those who joined farming collectives) transitioned from slavery to serfdom. Linked with Guatemala during the colonial era, Chiapas only became part of Mexico in 1824 and never attracted the kind of investment in industry and infrastructure of other, more mineral-rich states.

Today Chiapas is, on paper, the country's poorest state, and yet I didn't come across a single panhandler — only a handful of vendors who asked for a "donation" when they hadn't succeeded in closing a sale. Nor did I encounter a single unreturned smile. Unlike in densely populated cities to the north, I saw an almost familial sense of community everywhere I looked.

For travelers, Chiapas' isolation and rugged landscape are both a gift and a curse (there are no direct flights from the U.S., so most visitors connect through Mexico City ). There's also a lingering wariness due to the legacy of the Zapatista anti-globalization uprising that paralyzed the Mexican government in 1994, for which the region has become synonymous.

But now, with more travelers interested in understanding Mexico's Indigenous heritage (and thanks to a few truly excellent hotels and restaurants), the region is being recognized for its cultural and creative offerings. In Chiapas, travelers will find a bewitching mix of ancient and modern culture that's distinct from any other in the country.

Planning a Trip

If it's your first time in Chiapas, you'll need five to seven days to cover the region's dizzying trifecta of craftsmanship, nature, and archaeology — and have enough hang time in dreamy San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the state's third-largest (and arguably most beautiful) city. Plan to spend the first three or four nights in the San Cristóbal highlands, where you can take half and full-day trips to visit weavers, ceramists, and markets. You can also witness ceremonies in the Indigenous municipalities of Zinacantán, Chamula, and Tenejapa.

San Cristóbal's historic center, meanwhile, offers abundant shopping, eating, and cultural experiences. It can also be a base for day trips to national parks and natural attractions like El Chiflón waterfall, where the main cascade drops 393 feet. It's hard to wrap your head around the region's extreme microclimates: on the same day, you might need a puffer jacket in the morning as you set out from the San Cristóbal highlands and end up sweating through a tank top in the afternoon as you hike through the waterfall mist in El Arcotete National Park. You'll also want to make pilgrimages to the spectacular archaeological sites of Toniná and Palenque.

Though I had fantasies of renting a car and crisscrossing the region on my own , I quickly realized there was too much ground to cover. Even if you speak Spanish and trust your navigational skills, you will want the political, cultural, and historic context a skilled guide can offer. That's why I enlisted the tour operator Journey Mexico , both for the deep knowledge of their seasoned local guides and for their help with logistics. Here's my suggested itinerary, broken down into regions.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez

You will likely connect through Mexico City by plane to Chiapas's state capital, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, but will probably want to stay in the region's de facto cultural capital, San Cristóbal de Las Casas (about an hour's drive away). Take an early flight so you can hit the awe-inspiring — if touristy — Sumidero Canyon en route to San Cristóbal. Formed 35 million years ago by cracks in the earth's crust and erosion by the Grijalva River, Sumidero is a showstopper on a par with Yosemite's El Capitan. If you have the energy after your flight, you can even hire a boat for a two-hour ride from Chiapa de Corzo along the Grijalva — the waters of which reach eerie depths of up to 860 feet — to the Chicoasen Dam and back. A welcome reprieve from the heat, the boat trip takes you within arm's length of waterfalls, spider monkeys, ocelots, and crocodiles sunning themselves along the riverbanks.

Chiapa de Corzo, about 30 minutes east of Tuxtla, is an iconic Spanish colonial town that's also worth a quick lap. The colonnaded square centers on a 459-year-old fountain that's dedicated to a group of Indigenous resistance fighters who are said to have jumped to their deaths in Sumidero Canyon rather than surrender to the invading Spanish army.

San Cristóbal de las Casas

The city, which was a Spanish stronghold against Mayan freedom fighters in 1528, is quickly nipping at Oaxaca 's heels as Mexico's artisan capital. With a growing number of stylish boutique hotels and destination restaurants, the place has graduated from a backpacker haven to a destination for the creative arts. Its colonial-style buildings, with their wooden colonnades and red-tiled roofs, as well as its cobblestoned pedestrian streets, have also helped to draw its growing community of artistic expats (as well as its left-leaning politics). In Chiapas, there's nowhere else like it.

San Cristóbal is easily navigated on foot, and I ducked in and out of museums, stores, and cafes without much planning. At night, the streets, bars, and restaurants came to life with locals and tourists. It felt like a college town, only for grown-ups, with its mix of tradition, political charge, and sense of optimism.

On my second day, I met Margarita Cantu while she was replenishing some pieces from her clothing line at the beautiful boutique inside Hotel Bo . The 40-year-old Monterrey, Mexico-born artist and designer works with some 150 weavers from nearby communities for her women's clothing and home goods line, Omorika. After starting her career in fashion in New York City, she arrived in San Cristóbal 12 years ago for a month-long stint to learn traditional weaving techniques — and never left. She told me it was "the mix of conflicts and traditions that make every day interesting" that kept her in town.

Amatenango del Valle and Zinacantán

About an hour's drive south of San Cristóbal I visited the small town of Amatenango del Valle. It's where Juana "Juanita" Gómez Ramírez has her studio showroom, Taller y Galería Artesanal. She is something of a celebrity ceramist, known for her intricately painted sculptures of jaguars and fish, and her operation is a big source of employment in the community.

And in Zinacantán the next day, I visited the home of Catalina Pérez Hernández, who weaves textiles using the traditional backstrap loom (appointments with her are offered exclusively through Journey Mexico). Her shop has an impressive selection of embroidered textiles from the area, and for 100 pesos (about $5), she will invite you back for lunch in her kitchen, where her sister makes the most delicious corn tortillas I have ever eaten. She serves them with bowls of black beans, salsa, and raw onions, and each one is covered with embroidered linen. As in most places in the region, tortillas are made in the traditional manner, a laborious process that involves drying the maize on the husk and then cooking it overnight in lime water.

Toniná and Palenque

One of my favorite parts of this trip was the drive from San Cristóbal to Toniná en route to Palenque. As I was winding my way down from evergreen forests to sultry jungles, the pine trees competed with banana trees for position along the road, the temperature rose, and every once in a while, I was left stunned by the dramatic views.

The truly spectacular Toniná is an archaeological site etched into a hillside. The stepped pyramid presides over the lush Ocosingo Valley; inside, the ceremonial core features a labyrinth used in religious rituals.

Palenque, meanwhile, is a magnificent Mayan city of the Late Classic Period (around A.D. 600–900) that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Its temples and palaces were abandoned after the ninth century. You'll see the delicate craftsmanship that went into the mythological reliefs in the Temple of Inscriptions; the building ingenuity of the elaborate civic, religious, and residential complex; and the architectural innovation of the palace's pointed vaults.

After you've walked the site for a couple of hours, head to the parking lot. You can hire a guide to take you deeper into the jungle, where smaller, lesser-known temples are hidden among the flora. Seeing the sophisticated relics of Mayan civilization emerge from these wild, impossibly verdant surroundings is enough to take your breath away.

Exploring Chiapas

Bookmark these favorite places across Chiapas, from San Cristóbal de las Casa to Palenque, to plan your own trip through this beautiful Mexican state. You will find our favorite restaurants, hotels, and must-see things to do.

  • Casa Lum : This hotel's restaurant is worth a visit for the octopus with cauliflower and chorizo.
  • Centro Cultural de los Altos : Occupying an old convent, the city's main museum traces regional history from the pre-Hispanic era to the evangelization of the Indigenous people.
  • Eklektik : This shop has a nicely curated selection of local pottery and textiles, including women's and men's shirts, scarves, shawls, and bags.
  • El Tacoleto : Locals consider this the best taqueria in town. It's ideal for a quick lunch of tacos al pastor.
  • Hotel Bo : With its handmade furniture and local textiles, this hotel is one of those gems that puts a city on the map.
  • Hotel Guayaba Inn : This tastefully appointed property feels traditionally Mexican, with its timbered ceilings and stucco construction, four-poster beds, and tile-lined bathrooms.
  • Maho Japones : In the historic center, you'll find the Esquina San Agustín, a food-hall-style collection of stylish restaurants and bars, including this outstanding sushi spot.
  • Museo Jtatik Samuel : In addition to celebrating the life of Samuel Ruiz, the bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who championed land and human rights of Indigenous people, this museum houses some of the finest examples of textiles from the Oxchuc region of Chiapas.
  • Nostalgia : Go for a Michelada — prepared with a homemade tamarind mixture — at cocktail hour on the patio overlooking the public library.
  • Tarumba ; A small menu from chef Jorge Gordillo — who comes from a neighboring village — is served at Hotel Sombra del Agua .
  • Tierra y Cielo : Chef Marta Zepeda gives her elevated spin on the classics, such as quesadilla de tinga, in a chic dining room.
  • Xut El Restaurante : Casual Chiapan dishes like chile relleno and chicharrón de queso are served with flair, as is a regional take on a tuna tartare.

Amatenango del Valle

  • Taller y Galería Artesanal: Juana Gómez Ramírez and her team of artisans produce some of the best ceramics in the country. They are known for their depictions of jaguars, which still populate the jungles of Chiapas.
  • El Huachinango Feliz : Seafood is made into phenomenal ceviche and soup and served in an airy dining room.
  • Quinta Chanabnal : Run by an Italian-German scholar of Mayan hieroglyphics, this hotel gets high marks for its warm service and excellent food. Doubles from $139.

How to Book

This trip was planned by Journey Mexico , which has a network of expert local guides and can arrange all the logistics for a customized itinerary. five-day trips from $2,000 per person.

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Chiapas mexico: at a glance.

Mayan culture abounds in Chiapas, one of the most unique states in Mexico.

Though not as well known as some other Mexico travel destinations, those in the know flock to Chiapas to escape the crowds, enjoy the beautiful nature and Mayan Ruins, stroll the colorful colonial streets, eat delicious foods and drink the famed Chiapas coffees.

Chiapas Mexico: Know before you go

  • ✈️ Airport: Tuxtla Gutiérrez International Airport (code: TGZ)

⏰ Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5)

  • 💰 Currency: Mexican Peso
  • 🗣 Language: Spanish, though English is common, and you may even hear some indigenous languages
  • 🎫 Mexico Visa: The vast majority of travelers do not need a visa for Chiapas — this includes Americans, Canadians, Japanese and most Europeans. Head here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.
  • 🔌 Electricity Socket : You’ll mostly find Type A (two-prong) and Type B (three-prong) — the same as used in the United States. For visitors from other countries, you’ll need this  universal travel adaptor .
  • 📲 Mexico SIM Card : Wondering, Do I need a SIM card for Mexico? The answer is yes, every traveler will want a one for the reasons explained in this article all about the best Mexico SIM cards .
  • 🚙 Car Rentals : The Mexico rental car process can be a bit daunting, and many people are apprehensive to drive in a foreign country. I get it! Check out this guide to Renting a Car in Mexico for info on the process.

What’s the best time to visit Chiapas Mexico?

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Cities in Chiapas: The best time to visit the cities (including  San Cristobal de las Casas , Tuxtla Gutierrez, Comitan and  Palenque ) is from  November to May , during the dry season. Chiapas is on the cold side, so make sure you’re packing layers if you visit in winter.

Coastal Chiapas: On the coast of Chiapas, the dry season months of November to March are best. Keep in mind that if you visit during other months, it will be quite hot and humid, and mosquitoes are certainly an issue, so don’t forget your eco-friendly bug spray 🦟

Where is Chiapas Mexico located?

Chiapas is a state located in Southern Mexico, and borders the states of Oaxaca and Tabasco, and the country of Guatemala to the east. These two states are popular with culture travelers and backpackers alike.

Those continuing on to Central America from Mexico often have Chiapas as a last stop, as you can do a land crossing into Guatemala from this state.

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What’s the best airport for Chiapas Mexico?

Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport (code: TGZ) is the largest airport in Chiapas, located in the state’s capital city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico.

It is about one hour from San Cristobal de las Casas , the city frequented most by visitors to Chiapas state. ▶︎ BOOK AIRPORT SHUTTLE NOW!

You can also fly into the small Palenque International Airport  (code: PQM), located in the Palenque pueblo magico (magic town). Here, you’ll find Palenque Mayan Ruins , a UNESCO World heritage Site, and some of the best Mayan Ruins in Mexico.

What’s the best way to get to San Cristobal de las Casas?

The safest, most-stress free, easiest and best way to get from Tuxtla Gutierrez Airport to your hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas is via private shuttle. ▶︎ BOOK NOW!

You can also rent a car , take a colectivo (small, shared van), or taxi. Note: There’s no Uber in Chiapas Mexico.

If you’re not headed to San Cristobal, you can take connecting ground transportation to other parts of the state via bus .

Where to stay in Chiapas Mexico

The vast majority of visitors stay in San Cristobal de las Casas (usually just called San Cristobal), located in the center of Chiapas state.

From here, you’re about five hours by car from both Palenque and Comitan, two other popular cities to visit outside of San Cristobal. Though the main airport is in Tuxtla Gutierrez, very few visitors stay there.

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San Cristobal de las Casas

Located way up in the mountains in Chiapas state, you’ll find  San Cristobal de las Casas . This  pueblo magico  (magic town) lives up to its magical name — and is very popular with nature and culture lovers, backpackers and digital nomads.

Is San Cristobal de las Casas worth visiting? This is a popular place for travelers seeking “real” Mexican culture. However, it also has a posh side, with amazing San Cristobal hotels with spas — so San Cristobal appeals to many types of travelers.

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Palenque, Chiapas Mexico

There is the pueblo magico (magic town) of Palenque Mexico, and the famous Palenque Mayan Ruins within the town. When people refer to Palenque, they often mean the ruins, and not the town itself.

Is Palenque worth visiting? The Palenque Ruins are a must see in Chiapas! It is nice to stay for the night in the town of Palenque , though there isn’t much to see besides the ruins and the surrounding jungle nature.

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Comitan, Chiapas Mexico

Comitan de Dominguez (usually just called Comitan) is a charming town about two hours south of San Cristobal. Enjoy the sounds of marimba music in the air, as you stroll its colonial streets and enjoy the local Chiapas food.

Is Comitan worth visiting? Comitan is the perfect home base to stay in for those who will be exploring southern Chiapas. If you want to see the Bonampak and Yaxchilan Mayan Ruins, they are both near Comitan.

Best things to do in Chiapas Mexico

There is a seemingly endless amount of things to do in Chiapas, one of the best vacation spots in Mexico.

The majority of them are in or near San Cristobal de las Casas, the main tourism hub, but for those who venture off the beaten path, there’s even more to Chiapas! Click on any image below to learn more ⤵

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Sumidero Canyon

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Agua Azul Waterfalls

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Bonampak Ruins

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Palenque Ruins

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San Juan Chamula

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Montebello Lakes

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El Chiflon Waterfalls

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Chiapa de Corzo

Best chiapas tours.

Tours in Chiapas are a great way to see the main cities and their surrounding areas — and unless you’re planning to rent a car in Chiapas, this is the best way to get around because taxi fees add up quickly! 💡 Note: If you do want to have a car in Chiapas, make sure to check out this guide to Renting a Car in Mexico .

Below, you’ll find the most popular and best tours in San Cristóbal de las Casas and the surrounding areas — including Palenque Mayan Ruins, Sumidero Canyon, Agua Azul and El Chiflon Waterfalls, and more.

Is Chiapas safe for travelers?

According to experts, you are statistically quite safe while visiting Chiapas if you stick to the popular places like San Cristobal de las Casas , San Juan Chamula , and the Chiapas  pueblos magicos  (magic towns) of Palenque and Comitan de Dominguez.

Millions of Americans go to Mexico on vacation every year, so if we play the numbers game, the number of incidents is very small… When I’m asked if Mexico is a safe place to go travel on vacation, my response is  yes . —Carlos Barron, FBI Veteran (source:  Forbes )

That’s not to say bad things still don’t happen in those parts of Chiapas; they do. As with traveling anywhere, follow general travel safety like not walking home alone at night, watching your alcohol consumption and staying aware of yourself and surroundings.

For an added safety measure, pack these  travel safety items , dress in a way so your Mexico outfits blend in with the locals, and buy a Mexico SIM card .

What’s the best travel insurance for Mexico?

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This is a question I get a lot as a Mexico travel writer and Mexico expat. To determine which Mexico travel insurance is best for you , consider factors like the policy’s total cost, your deductible, the coverage you need, your medical benefits, etc.

🏆 In general, I only ever recommend three companies to purchase Mexico travel insurance from:

  • World Nomads — For general travelers and adventure travelers.
  • SafetyWing — For general travelers and digital nomads in Mexico.
  • Travel Insurance Master — Mexico travel insurance search tool, for those who want to compare policies.
  • 👉 Click on any of the links above to get a FREE quote on your policy!

Chiapas Travel: Frequently Asked Questions

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No — Unfiltered Mexico tap water is not safe for human consumption. However, you will need to keep drinking water and to stay extra hydrated, as Mexico is quite close to the Equator. In fact, dehydration is one of the most common ways people get sick in Mexico. So what can you do?

  • If you’re renting a home with a kitchen, you can boil the water before drinking it.
  • You can keep buying bottled water — Though this gets expensive, and is horrible for the planet!
  • Use the Water-To-Go Filterable Bottle . This refillable bottle not only keeps you hydrated, but also filters your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico, and is good for the planet ♻️ Get 15% OFF with code SOLO15!

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The Water-To-Go Bottle has a built-in, three-stage filtration system that removes 99.9999% of all water-borne contaminants. These include bacteria, microplastics, viruses, heavy metals, chemicals and more. I personally own one, as you can drink Mexico water from any source (even the tap), and be completely safe.

What’s the Chiapas weather like?

The main travel destinations in Chiapas are located in the northern and central part of the state — in the Central Highlands. These cities have temperatures that hover around 60-70°F (15-21°C) all year long.

However, the jungle and rainforest areas like Palenque, and the coast of Chiapas, see much hotter temperatures and high humidity.

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Is Chiapas expensive?

No — Chiapas is actually one of the most budget-friendly places to live and cheap places to travel in Mexico.

It has been popular with backpacker and budget travelers for decades, but in the last few years, Mexico digital nomads have begun flocking to San Cristobal de las Casas for its low prices and good quality of life.

How many days do I need in Chiapas Mexico?

If you’re sticking to San Cristóbal de las Casas and the surrounding areas, four full days would suffice. With that amount of time, you can see the main sites including Palenque Mayan Ruins, the Agua Azul waterfalls, Sumidero Canyon and more.

For those who want to do some Chiapas off the beaten path travel, plan for at least one full week in Chiapas and venture to the coast. The best beaches in Chiapas — Puerto Arista and Boca del Cielo — are often empty, and you can really get away from it all.

Is Chiapas worth visiting?

Yes — Chiapas is a unique Mexico destination that many types of travelers will love. Nature enthusiasts will adore the waterfalls, lakes, caves and mountains, while artists and fashionistas can shop in the Chiapas mercados (markets) to buy colorful Mayan textiles and handicrafts.

If you’re interested in Mexican and Mayan culture, you must visit Chiapas Mexico!

Is there political unrest in Chiapas Mexico?

For the most part, Chiapas is safe for travelers, though Chiapas locals have a history of clashes with the Mexican government (for very justifiable reasons, btw).

However, tensions have been quiet for over a decade — though there are often bloqueos , which are protests where locals shut down the roads.

If you stick to the most visited places in Chiapas —  San Cristobal de las Casas , San Juan Chamula , Tuxtla Guitierrez, Zinacantan, and the Chiapas  pueblos magicos  (magic towns) of Palenque , Comitan de Dominguez and Chiapa de Corzo, you should be safe while traveling to Chiapas.

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🗣 Mexico Language

Mexico Fun Fact : There’s actually no official language of Mexico!

Spanish is the most widely-spoken, so some mistakenly say Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, the government actually recognizes 68 national languages, including the Nahuatl Aztec language, and the Maya language.

💰 Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso — Exchange rates vary, but have hovered around $18-21 pesos to $1 USD for about the last decade. You will find some places that take U.S. dollars, but usually at an unfavorable rate, so stick to using pesos in Mexico .

☀️ Mexico Weather

Mexico is a big country — the 7th largest on Earth, in fact! It’s hard to generalize the weather in Mexico, because it will vary greatly by where you’re traveling.

In general, temperatures are mostly mild everywhere all year long, though summers on the coast are hot and humid, and winters in Central and Northern Mexico are on the colder side. Throughout the whole country, the rainy season runs from (about) April through September.

✈️ Mexico Busy Season & Slow Season

• Mexico Busy Season: The busy season in Mexico runs October to March, as this is the dry season and you’ll get the best weather. December is the busiest month for tourism in Mexico.

• Mexico Slow Season : If you don’t mind some rain, you’ll often find the best travel deal during the Mexico slow season of April to September. Do keep in mind that June 1-November 1 is Hurricane Season, and Mexico beaches are all susceptible.

• Mexico Shoulder Season : The shoulder season is that magical time when prices are still low and the weather is good. The Mexico shoulder season is from about mid-October to November and January to early-April.

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Check out this Ultimate Packing List for Mexico — so you know what to pack and what NOT to pack for Mexico! This article offers advice on packing for Mexico cities, and packing for a Mexico beach vacation.

Beyond what Mexico outfits and clothing you’ll want to bring, here are a few extra things to consider:

• Filterable Water Bottle: Mexico is close to the Equator, so you’ll need to stay extra hydrated. In fact, dehydration is one of the most common ways people get sick in Mexico.

A filterable, refillable water bottle not only keeps you hydrated, but also filters your water so you don’t get sick in Mexico.

The Water-To-Go Bottle has a built-in, three-stage filtration system that removes 99.9999% of all water-borne contaminants. These include bacteria, microplastics, viruses, heavy metals and chemicals.

• Mexico SIM Card: Want to be able to use your phone in Mexico?! Of course you do! Pick up a TELCEL Mexico SIM card before your trip, and swap it out on the plane while you’re waiting to exit, so you have phone and data service the second you arrive in Mexico.

•  Anti-Hangover Meds: Planning to party hardy?! Make sure you’re not wasting any of your precious travel time with a hangover. Liquid I.V. has about 70,000 reviews on Amazon, and is considered the best defense against a hangover.

•  Sun Hat: No matter if you’re headed to the beach or a city, you’ll want to wear a hat to shield yourself from the strong Mexican sun. This cute sun hat is the perfect stylish and practical accessory for your Mexico vacation.

•   Sunscreen: As you’ll want to reapply a few times throughout the day, a light, Mineral-Based Sunscreen is ideal.

Headed to the beach? Do your part to practice responsible tourism in Mexico by only using an eco-friendly reef safe sunscreen while swimming. You can even ditch the sunscreen altogether and opt for a long sleeve swimsuit (AKA rash guard) instead.

•   Bug Repellent: Mosquitoes are common throughout Mexico — especially on the beaches! REPEL Insect Repellent is an eco-friendly brand that’s DEET-free and plant based, with a pleasant lemon and eucalyptus scent. Don’t want to use a spray? Pick up some Mosquito Repellent Bracelets .

The vast majority of travelers do not need a visa for Mexico — this includes Americans, Canadians, and most Europeans. Head here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa.

🤔 What is the mexico FMM ?

When you go through Customs & Immigration to enter the country, you’ll receive your Forma Migratoria Multiple , or FMM Tourist Card (sometimes listed as FMT). If you’re coming by plane or cruise ship, there is no charge; for those driving across the border, the FMM costs about $30USD.

In most circumstances, all visitors get a 180-day (six month) visa — so you can legally stay up to six months!

🚨 Have your FMM on you at all times

Keep in mind that though it’s called an FMM card , it’s actually just a small piece of paper. Keep your FMM on you at all times in your wallet, as this proves your legal status in Mexico. It’s rare, but if an officer stops you, they can ask to see your FMM.

🎫 Don’t lose your FMM!

You need to have your FMM on you at all times, as proof of your legal status in the country.

Be sure to keep track of your FMM, as you’ll have to give it back to an Immigration officer at the airport, cruise port, or land crossing when you’re leaving the country.

If you lose your FMM, there is a $600 peso ($30 USD) cost to replace it, and some paperwork you’ll need to fill out before you can leave the country.

If you’re flying home, plan to arrive at the airport about one hour earlier than you normally would to do the paperwork and pay the fine.

As this question doesn’t have a yes/no answer ( I wish it did! ), I do my best to answer it in depth in this article, Is Mexico Safe for Travelers Right Now ? However, for the most part, Mexico is actually statistically quite safe for all travelers — including solo travelers.

Check my Solo Female Mexico Travel page for more info.

💃 Mexico solo travel guides

Mexico is a big country, and it has plenty of amazing solo female travel destinations — like the ones featured in this article, Mexico Solo Travel: 20 Safe Destinations for Female Travelers .

In it, you’ll get recommendations of places to visit in Mexico, from solo travelers who have actually been to them.

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• Ep. 34 |  Planning your first Mexico solo trip • Ep. 40 | Tips for safe solo travel in Mexico • Ep. 53 | 30 Solo female travel tips, Pt. 1

To answer the question, Is it safe to drive in Mexico? — YES , it’s considered safe to rent a car and drive in Mexico.

As the country is quite large, road trips are a great way to see a lot in a little time, and especially popular in the Yucatan Peninsula and Baja California Peninsula.

The one caveat to Mexico driving safety is that you’ll be in a foreign country, unfamiliar with their laws and customs. Head here for a complete guide to Renting A Car in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know , where you’ll also get 10 useful Mexico driving tips!

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As a general rule, you’ll want to know at least a few words of Spanish when visiting anywhere in Mexico. This is both a sign of respect, and will also help you have a better, smoother trip.

If you stick to the more touristic places in Mexico, you should be fine with basic Spanish. For those planning to venture off the beaten path, be advised most people in pueblos  (small towns) speak little to no English.

🗣 Here are some options:

  • Brush up on your Spanish: Use a language-learning program like Rocket Spanish , so you’re confident, and conversational, before your trip.
  • Download the Google Translate App: For this to work at all times, you’ll need a Mexico SIM card with data — as the app won’t work when you’re off-WiFi.
  • Travel with a Mexico phrasebook: This Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook is an Amazon best seller, and a great non-digital language assistant!
  • Save this infographic an image on your phone. This way, you have access to these common words, phrases and questions, even when you’re off-WiFi.

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Best places to visit in Chiapas, Mexico: a 1 week itinerary

Chiapas is a naturally and culturally stunning region of Mexico. It has seven distinct geographical regions ranging from the Pacific coastal region, arid plains, high altitude forests, jungle, as well as the Gulf Coast region. In addition to a fascinating geography, Chiapas also has the largest population of indigenous people in Mexico, and is home to very significant Mayan ruins such as including Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Bonampak. I visited Chiapas in the Spring of 2022 during my sabbatical year after travelling around Colombia . This post will highlight what I think are the best places to visit in Chiapas, Mexico on a 1 week itinerary.

  • San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Transportation
  • Where to stay in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Learn about local indigenous groups in Chiapas
  • Visit the Sumidero Canyon and Chiapas de Corzo
  • Visit Cascadas el Chiflon and Lagunas del Montebello
  • Sima Cotorra and Cascada El Aguacero
  • Trip costs for 7 days and 6 nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
  • Final thoughts on best places to visit in Chiapas Mexico in 1 week

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San Cristobal de las Casas:

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I decided to base my adventures in Chiapas out of the charming colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas. While increasingly popular on the Mexican tourist trail, San Cristobal was embroiled in the heart of the Zapatistas movement – when the town was taken over in the 1994 on the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented – by Zapatista rebels using the town as a base to launch their revolution.

While the Zapatista rebels were driven out of the town by the government into the fringes of the Lacandon jungle within a few days; killings and violence escalated throughout Chiapas throughout the 90s. Tensions have de-escalated since 2016, when the Zapatistas put forward a candidate for the 2018 election – which effectively ended 20 years of the Zapatistas rejection of conventional Mexican politics.

With its cobbled streets, colorful colonial architecture and myriad of artisan markets; San Cristobal de las Casa is undeniably charming, and is has been rightfully designated as a “Pueblo Magico” by the Mexican government for being one of the most beautiful cities of the country. San Cristobal is rapidly gaining attention on the Mexican tourist track and has become magnet for travelers visiting for a short while – and increasingly – a haven for digital nomads.

best places to visit chiapas mexico - Cathedrale de guadaloupe

The artistry of local and indigenous artisans can be seen in many of the local markets in San Cristobal de las Casas. I could not help but go a little overboard in purchasing beautiful hand-woven scarves, pillow cases, and local amber jewelry at the many local markets in San Cristobal.

San Cristobal de las Casa is the base for many day trips and excursions that take you to stunning natural and culturally significant sites around Chiapas. Note that while all day tours will indicate they have bilingual service – my experience is that the tour is typically carried out almost exclusively in Spanish. For those who do not speak Spanish, either be prepared for a crash-course in the language, or there is always bilingual individuals on the tour who can help translate.

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Transportation:

The closest airport to San Cristobal de las Casas is in Tuxla Gutierrez (TGZ), which is about a 2 hour bus ride away from the town. There are several ADO bus services from the TGZ airport directly to San Cristobal de las Casas (approximately $12USD) – but note that the services are limited to a few times daily – so you may want to time your flight accordingly, or be prepared to take a bus first to the bus station in Tuxla Gutierrez, and then another bus from Tuxla Gutierrez to San Cristobal de las Casas.

Where to stay in San Cristobal de las Casas:

I stayed at La Abuelita Hostel , and loved it. The property was very clean, cozy, and very inexpensive only 815 MXN ($41USD) for 7 nights – less than $6USD a night for a dorm bed, and included free coffee and drinking water, as well as very well-stocked kitchen with a wall of free spices and seasonings if you’re cooking. La Abuelita also has a sister property Posada del Abuelito which I’m told is similarly amazing.

best places to visit chiapas mexico - La Abuelita Hostel

Learn about local indigenous groups in Chiapas:

A popular day tour to the indigenous towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan was one of the highlights of my visit to Chiapas. The guided tours leave daily from San Cristobal de las Casas, and take you to the two villages, and tell you more about quite vastly different cultural practices of the two groups who live just a stone throw away from each other just outside of San Cristobal de las Casas.

best places to visit chiapas mexico - Iglesia San Juan Chamula

The people of both towns have incorporated elements of indigenous beliefs to the Catholicism that they encountered during the colonial era. As a result they have created their own unique religious practices. In the famous Iglesia de San Juan, chickens are sacrificed inside the church along with offerings of Coca-Cola and hundreds of candles burned as “tortillas” to feed the Saints. Taking photos is strictly prohibited inside the church, but the memory of seeing the hundreds upon hundreds of candles burning row upon endless row next to families sitting peacefully with their offerings on floors covered with pine needles was a truly amazing sight that I will not soon forget.

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In Zinacantan, theres is typically a visit to an indigenous household where you can see first-hand how the beautiful patterned fabric that the village is famous for is painstakingly woven thread by thread, and have the opportunity to purchase these handicrafts directly from the indigenous artisans themselves.

Visit the Sumidero Canyon:

The Canyon de Sumidero can be visited on a day tour, and features several viewpoints of the impressive canyon and river below, along with a 1.5 hour boat cruise along the bottom of the canyon. The boat cruise will drop you off at Chiapas de Corzo for a few hours to explore another one of Mexico’s Pueblos Magicos, before taking you back to your land transport that will drop you off back in the center of the city.

best places to visit chiapas mexico - Canyon de Sumidero

Visit the Casacadas el Chiflon and Lagunas de Montebello:

The Cascadas El Chiflon are some of the most stunning waterfalls I have seen anywhere in the world. The glowing aquamarine waters flow as a calm river linking stunning sets of waterfalls one after the other until you get to the largest waterfall – Cascada del Chiflon. The visit to Cascadas el Chiflon is usually done as a day tour along with a visit to Lagunas de Montebello .

best places to visit chiapas mexico - Cascada del Chiflon

The Lagunas de Montebello are a stunning set of lagoons next to the Guatemalan border. You’re given time to visit the Lagoons, as well as cross the border on foot on a little “cul-de-sac” of little shops and souvenir stores that dips into Guatamala. No passport checks, the cul-de-sac leads right back to Mexico, and I imagine it was built with the sole purpose of tourism in mind. Worth the cross border jaunt if you want to quickly check another country off your list with a little 10 minute walk into and out of Guatamala.

best places to visit chiapas mexico - Lagunas Montebello

Sima de las Cotorras Rappelling Adventure and visit to Cascada Aguacero:

This rappelling and ziplining adventure to the Sima Corterra – a 150 meter deep sinkhole that is now home to thousands of parrots and other bird species – starts early in the morning with a 4am pick-up from San Cristobal de las Casas. The drive will take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours to Sima Corterra. The driver will take a break mid-way through at a gas station to fill up, and also for you to take a washroom break and buy snacks.

The rappelling adventure includes a 50 meter rappel about 1/3 of the way into the sinkhole, followed by a harnessed walk along the walls of the sinkhole. The adventure ends with a zipline across the sinkhole back to the start point.

Best things to do in Chiapas - Sima Cotorra

No experience or equipment required – everything you need will be provided to you. It would be a good idea to wear running shoes or trainers – flip flops would be a very bad idea.

You’ll complete your visit at Sima Corterra around midday, and the tour will then continue with a visit to Cascada El Aguacero, a stunning waterfall that takes about 45 minutes to hike down to from where your driver drops you off. Not to worry the trail is easy and well-marked. If it is a hot day, make sure to bring ample water, and some snacks, as there are no vendors down by the waterfall.

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Trip costs for 7 days and 6 nights in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas:

Accommodations: $29.45USD

Flights from Santa Marta (SMR) to Tuxla Guiterrez (TGZ) Airport: $281.50USD

Mexico prepaid-SIM card with 2GB (Valid for 15 days*) $6.43USD

SIM card refill at OXXO additional 5GB valid for 30 days* $14.90USD

Souvenirs and gifts $75.50USD

Food and drinks: $65.77USD

Transportation: $12.02USD

Excursions: $106.55USD

Total: $592.12USD

*Note that you can refill SIM cards very easily in most OXXO and 7-11 convenience stores located all over Mexico. Usually refilling the SIM will create another 30 days of validity. Just make sure to take a photo of the card information that comes with the SIM card blister so you know your phone number and PIN unlock code

Final thoughts on best places to visit in Chiapas Mexico in 1 week:

Chiapas completely blew my mind with its beautiful natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage and affordability. I had originally only planned to stay in Chiapas for 1 week, but ended up continuing my travels for an extra week in Palenque which I will cover in a separate post. If you take off the cost of the flights and my spending on souvenirs and gifts, my time in Chiapas only cost $33.59USD per day – and that includes the cost of excursions and eating like a queen for a week. A wonderful and highly recommended trip for sure!

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24 Best Things to Do in Chiapas Mexico: 2024 Local’s Guide

There are plenty of things to do in Chiapas, Mexico to warrant spending at least a week here. However, Mexico’s southernmost state is often overlooked from most people’s Mexico itineraries. 

Word about Chiapas has only started getting out in recent years and most people that take the time to venture here only do so to experience the majestic ruins of Palenque or the colonial architecture of San Cristobal de Las Casas. For the most part, Chiapas remains largely untapped. 

That isnt necessarily a bad thing though, as Chiapas, steeped in Mayan history, indigenous cultures, and gorgeous nature, offers a more authentic Mexico travel experience than you could ever obtain in places like Cancun or Tulum. 

This guide to the best things to do in Chiapas has been written by a British Travel Writer based in the Yucatan. (Me!) I have explored Chiapas extensively over several visits to the state and have used my knowledge to create the most comprehensive Chiapas travel information you can find anywhere online. 

Rest assured, you are in good hands here 😉 

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24 Best Things to Do in Chiapas Mexico

Chiapas is a unique destination, quite unlike anywhere else in Mexico. After you have spent a while in Mexico, you will start to note that each of the country’s 32 states is like a little independent nation in itself, each with its own distinctive cultures, regional cuisine, etc. 

Chiapas sits in the south of Mexico. It shares its borders with Guatemala to the south, the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Veracruz to its west, and Tabasco to the north. Chiapas is perhaps best known for its indigenous populations which help give the region a distinctly different culture than what you will find elsewhere. 

There are 68 different indigenous groups in Mexico, that speak more than 350 different languages and dialects. More than 25% of Chiapas´ four-million-strong population belongs to an indigenous group, and there are 12 different ethnic groups that live in the state. (With the  Tzotzil and Tzeltal Mayan being the largest and perhaps best known). 

Chiapas is one of the poorest states in Mexico, but you shouldn’t let that concern you. Chiapas is safe for the most part , and the people here are among the friendliest in Mexico, eager to show travelers the beauty of their homeland. 

Things to do in Chiapas Mexico: Visit the pueblo magico of Chiapa de Corzo

Visit the Pueblo Magico of Chiapa de Corzo 

The charming little town of Chiapa de Corzo is one of four Pueblo Magicos in the state of Chiapas. Pueblo Magicos are Mexican towns and settlements that have been recognized for their unique beauty, charm, culture, and gastronomy. Generally speaking, when you see that somewhere has been designated as a Pueblo Magico, you know that it is a worthwhile place to visit. Most people overlook Chiapa de Corzo when they are traveling through Chiapas, or they only stop by briefly as part of a day trip to the Sumidero Canyon. 

However, the little town is well deserved of a day or two´s exploration in itself. This is one of the oldest towns in the Americas.

It dates back to 1528 and was one of the first places that the Spanish colonizers settled when they arrived in Chiapas. They later realized that the intense desert heat was too much for them and moved their main settlement to San Cristobal. However, they left many beautiful churches and structures in their wake. 

Start your day in the Zocalo – the charming central square of Chiapa de Corzo surrounded by porticoed buildings and quaint cafes. The piece de resistance of the square is ¨La Pila¨ – a diamond-shaped fountain in its center.

An exploration of the unsuspecting side streets leads you to magnificent, centuries-old churches and thought-provoking street art. Stop for breakfast at Jardines de Chiapa Restaurant (Francisco I. Madero 395, San Jacinto, 29160) and stroll along the riverfront.

The hilltop ruins of the Templo de San Sebastian are not to be missed. From up here, you can enjoy spectacular panoramas of the town and wider Chiapas below.

A street lined with colorful houses in Chiapas de Corzo in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas

Best Chiapa de Corzo tours

If you are traveling to Mexico in January , your time in Chiapa de Corzo will be particularly special. Every year, the Fiesta Grande is hosted here in honor of three Catholic saints.

The festival is famous for its Parachico dancers that wear traditional clothing and painted wooden masks as they dance their way through the town. This dance is so culturally important that it has even been recognized by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Throughout the year, you may enjoy exploring Chiapa de Corzo with the aid of a guide who can give you more in-depth information about the town and its various districts. Several reputable Chiapa de Corzo tours are detailed below for your information.

  • Chiapa de Corzo & Sumidero Canyon day tour from Tuxtla Gutierrez
  • Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and San Cristobal tour
  • Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo tour from San Cristobal

Best things to do in Chiapas, Mexico: Visit the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas

Spend a long weekend in San Cristobal de Las Casas 

San Cristobal de Las Casas is the main raison d’etre that most people decide to visit Chiapas. The town was founded in 1528 and named ¨Villa Real de Chiapa¨ Its name has changed various times over the centuries before being given its current name in 1848.

Spending three to four days here allows you enough time to explore the town itself, but you may want to base yourself here for as long as a week. San Cristobal is a convenient base for taking day trips out to other parts of Chiapas.

The free walking tour is a good way to get your bearings in the city. It departs at 10 am daily from the wooden cross in front of the cathedral in the Plaza de la Paz.

There are many gorgeous catholic churches scattered throughout San Cristobal which will take your breath away, even if you are not remotely religious. A fun way to explore the town is to mark different churches on your map and enjoy exploring the offbeat neighborhoods that they lead you through.

The beautiful white and yellow Iglesia del Cerro de Guadalupe is a charming 19th-century church perched on top of a hill. If you ascend the 79 steps to the church at the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas over the town.

Equally worthy of your attention is the Iglesia de San Cristobalito. The views from up here are unparalleled. However, conquering the hundreds of steps to the top is no mean feat.

Best things to do in Chiapas Mexico: The mysterious white and green San Juan Chamula church where unique religious practices are followed

Learn about the religious practices at San Juan Chamula Church

The San Juan Chamula Church is one of the most unique churches in the world. From the outside, it looks no different from any other Mexican catholic church.

Its crisp white facade is decorated with green fixtures and detailing, and colorful, intricate azulejo tiles. It is when you step inside the church that things get interesting.

Chiapas locals visit the San Juan Chamula church when they or their loved ones become sick. They light candles and pray to a saint of their choosing in the hope that their loved ones become better.

Generally, the more candles a person uses, the sicker they are. A lot of people here cannot afford access to modern medicine or they are suspicious of it. So, they turn to religion instead.

A blend of Catholic and indigenous practices is used during rituals here. Many indigenous people believe that they get sick as a result of people looking at them with envy or sending negative energy their way.

So, they sit and drink bottles upon bottles of fizzy drinks such as Coca-Cola as they pray and force themselves to burp as they believe that burping expels evil. Sometimes chickens are sacrificed in exchange for the person becoming better.

Best Chamula tours to take in 2023

You can take a Colectivo (shared minivan) from San Cristobal to Chamula. However, for the best experience, you should visit with a tour guide.

A number of reputable Chamula tours are detailed below for your consideration. It is advisable to reserve your spot online in advance as places do sell out! Most combine a trip to Chamula with a visit to nearby Zinacantan.

  • Chamula & Zinacantan day trip from San Cristobal
  • Indigenous villages of Chiapas day trip

An old man pays his respects in a local church in Zinacantan Chiapas

Experience indigenous cultures in Zinacantan

Zinacantan is one of the best places to visit in Chiapas, particularly if you are interested in learning about indigenous cultures. The little town is home to around 45,000 inhabitants, many of whom are Tzotzil.

The town’s original name was ¨Tzinacantlān¨ which is of Nahuatl origin and means “land of bats”. However, it was modified to Zinacantan as the Spanish colonizers could not pronounce its original name.

Today, Zinacantan is home to several beautiful churches that use a blend of Catholic and indigenous practices in their worship. Stop by the Iglesia de San Lorenzo and the Capilla El Señor de Esquipulas.

This region is famous for growing flowers. Whenever you step inside any of the churches of Zinacantan, you will be met with the fragrant aroma of hundreds of colorful flowers and garlands that decorate every wall and ceiling.

Many stunning, vibrant textiles are also produced here. You may be interested in stopping by the indigenous women’s textile cooperative on the outskirts of town.

More than 60 women work together to create unique garments and the existence of this cooperative has helped to massively improve the lives of the residents of the village. They donate a portion of their earnings to fund the education of the younger generations.

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Recommended Zinacantan tours

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Take a boat tour of the magnificent Sumidero Canyon

Chiapas is home to some of the most diverse and beautiful natural scenery in Mexico. The Sumidero Canyon, set inside the national park of the same name, is a dramatic gorge that was formed more than 35 million years ago.

Start by taking a boat tour along the Río Grijalva where you will pass through areas surrounded by towering 1km high cliffs. It takes approximately 2 hours to sail along the 64km length of the river.

Many endangered species call the canyon home, along with crocodiles, spider monkeys, and many exotic, colorful birds. If you are lucky, you will see them as you sail around the canyon. There are also numerous hiking trails that weave around the scenery here and offer spectacular panoramas over the canyon, with Chiapa de Corzo and Tuxtla Gutierrez shimmering in the distance.

Recommended Sumidero Canyon Tours

It is very difficult to tour Sumidero Canyon independently. One of the best things to do in Chiapas is to take a Sumidero Canyon tour that starts in Chiapa de Corzo, Tuxtla Gutierrez, or San Cristobal.

Many tours include pick-up and drop-off from/to your hotel. This takes a lot of stress out of managing the logistics of how to get from A to B.

A number of reputable Sumidero Canyon tours are detailed below for your consideration. Book online in advance to secure your place.

  • Sumidero Canyon full day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Sumidero Canyon and San Cristobal de las Casas day trip from Tuxtla Gutierrez
  • Tour of Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo and San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas

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Visit a coffee plantation

An interesting fact about Mexico that you may not be aware of is that the country is the world’s largest producer of organic coffee. In general, Mexico is one of the largest coffee producers in the world.

Chiapas, along with Veracruz and Oaxaca, is one of the country’s largest coffee-growing regions. Mexican Chiapas coffee tends to have a strong, distinct taste and while it may be relatively unknown internationally, you will note that many cafes and restaurants across Mexico stock and serve it.

If you are a major coffee aficionado, one of the best things to do in Chiapas is to visit one of the coffee plantations in the area. Many plantations offer tours and tastings.

They often also have tourist accommodations on site where you can stay in gorgeous rural cabins in the mountains overlooking the plantations. Most Chiapas plantations are concentrated around Ocosingo and near the Sierra Madre mountains in the southern part of the state.

The Hamburgo plantation is a good choice, although it is tricky to reach unless you are renting a car in Mexico. It is located high in the Sierra Madre mountains, close to the town of Huixtla.

The plantation was founded in 1888 by German Arthur Edelman. It has been passed down through his family for more than 100 years and is currently managed by the fifth generation. There is also a spa and restaurant on-site.

Marvel at the spectacular Arco del Tiempo 

The Arco del Tiempo del Río La Venta ” (Arch of Time of La Venta River )is a spectacular natural stone arch 180 meters high that is one of the tallest arches in the world. The arch is currently on the ¨tentative¨ list for UNESCO, to potentially be added as a natural wonder of the world. The breathtaking natural archway sits in the lush, dense jungles of the Reserva de la Biosfera Selva El Ocote in Northern Chiapas. It is about as off the beaten path as you can get in Chiapas, with less than a handful of tourists visiting the area each month. 

The archway wasn’t even designated as a tourist destination at all until 2010, when a group of Italian travelers that had stumbled across the Arco del Tiempo and fell in love with the surrounding biosphere reserve, convinced the locals to build huts to promote ecotourism. The archway is more than 80 million years old and was formed by limestone dissolution and erosion by rain and wind. Petroglyphs (ancient wall carvings) created by the indigenous Zoque communities that lived here approximately 5,000 years ago can be found along the arch. 

Getting to the Arco del Tiempo is no easy feat – doing so requires a 4-hour trek through the jungle with the help of a local guide. Rappelling, swimming, and kayaking are among the activities that you can enjoy when you arrive. Rather than heading back the same day, you can choose to camp in the grounds of the archway or in the jungle just above it. 

Swim in the crystalline waters of Cenote de Chukumaltik 

Most travelers to Mexico have never heard of Chukumaltik cenote and their trips often center around the ¨Instagram famous¨ cenotes in the Yucatan, such as Cenote Suytan and Cenote Ik Kil. But ask any Chiapas resident where the most beautiful place to go swimming is and chances are they will all give you the same answer: Cenote de Chukumaltik. 

Cenote de Chukumaltik translates to mean ¨hidden beauty¨. This is a fitting title as this natural sinkhole awaits in the middle of nowhere, escaping the eyes and attention of most tourists. 

The open cenote has a diameter of approximately 200 meters and a depth of 70 meters. You could easily spend a day swimming and snorkeling in its refreshing crystalline waters which are backed by the luscious green jungles of Chiapas. Chukumaltik awaits approximately 36 minutes (27km) south of the city of Comitan de Dominguez, not too far from the Mexico-Guatemala border. Not only is the cenote beautiful in itself, but even more treasures await beneath the surface of its warm waters – including a petrified forest, sulfur chimneys, and a submerged statue of the Virgen de los Dolores with her hands together in prayer. If you do not have access to a vehicle, the best way to get to Chukumaltik is to organize a taxi ride from Comitan. You can take the bus headed to Cascadas de Chiflón and get off at Chucumaltik junction but it is quite a ways from the cenote and you will have to wait by the side of the road for a while (which can be almost unbearable when it’s hot) and hitchhike or wait for a ride. 

Explore the Toniná Ruins

The Toniná Ruins (meaning ¨House of Stone¨ in Tzeltel Maya is a pre-Colombian city that was built by the Ancient Mayans in the Mexican state of Chiapas. Although small, it is filled with impressive and well-preserved temples and pyramids and is believed to have been a rival city of Palenque. 

Archeologists believe that Toniná originally went by the name of ¨Po¨. The Acropolis here is one of the tallest Mayan structures in Latin America and at a height of 241 feet, it is significantly higher than the famous ¨El Torre¨ at the ruins of Ek Balam , and the Ixmoja pyramid at the Coba Mayan ruins in the Yucatan. 

Tonina/Po thrived during the Classic Period (400-900 CE). Notable structures to look out for here include the Pok-ta-Pok ball court at the Great Plaza, which contains ornately carved structures of Mayan lords that were captured by the city leaders, the Altar of Sacrifices, various tombs, and an ¨Altar of the Underworld¨.

The ¨Altar of the Underworld¨ contains a labyrinth that is extremely rare to find in Mayan cities. (There is one more at Oxkintok in the southern part of the Yucatan state ). 

The entrance fee for visiting the Toniná Ruins is 70 MXN pesos and the site entrance includes admission to the Toniná museum which contains artifacts and statues recovered from the city and helps you to put the things you see here in more context. 

Street art in Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas

Spend an afternoon in Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is the bustling capital city of Chiapas and while it is no great beauty, it is worth stopping by here briefly on your way to/from Chiapas’ Ángel Albino International Airport if your schedule allows. 

The Cristo de Copoya is a 62m high Catholic cross with an image of Jesus Christ carved out of its center. It sits on the top of Mactumactzá Hill in the southern part of the city, and you can enjoy sweeping vistas of Tuxtla and the wider region from the top. 

As you make your way around the city, you will see it peeping out above the various structures. There is some great street art scattered around Tuxtla, even in the most unsuspecting industrial and residential neighborhoods and much of it is politically motivated and thought-provoking. 

Stroll down Calzada de la Revolución, one of the city’s oldest streets, and stop at the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History of Chiapas to learn more about how Southern Mexico has developed through the decades. Traditional markets like the Mercado Juan Sabines or the Municipal Public Market are great places to people-watch, witness signs of traditional daily life, and sample Mexican cuisine. When the sunsets, you can head to the Parque de la Marimba to watch or join in with older Chiapas residents as they dance to traditional music played on the marimba. The marimba is often referred to as being ¨the ancestral voice of Chiapas¨.

You will no doubt hear it played over the radio in various taxis, restaurants, and coffee shops. If you want to learn more about the instrument and how it fits into local culture, you can stop by the Museo de la Marimba (Calle Novena Pte. Sur S/N, El Cerrito). 

Boca del Cielo, Chiapas

Sink your toes into the golden sands of Chiapas beaches 

A lot of visitors to Chiapas aren’t even aware of the fact that the southernmost state offers dozens of beaches to choose from. The sheer mention of Chiapas is so synonymous with rugged outdoor adventures, waterfalls, and ruins that few people realize there are any beaches here at all!

In reality, the western coast of Chiapas features over 250km of undisturbed natural coastline, and gorgeous beaches and coves that boast soft, powdery-white sand, and clear cerulean waters. Puerto Arista Beach is one of the most popular. 

It is backed by picturesque palm trees and mangroves and is considered one of the most critical places in Chiapas for the conservation of sea turtles. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and palapa-style huts here where you can sample the regional cuisine, fresh seafood dishes prepared with fish caught earlier the same day, or ice-cold micheladas. 

If you prefer something a little quieter and more secluded, you will love Boca del Cielo (¨mouth of heaven¨ beach). This sleepy little fishing village is well worth the effort to get to and few people take the time to venture here. 

It is backed by the clear blue waters of La Jolla Lake on one side and the endless horizons of the Pacific Ocean on the other. A trip here is more about relaxation than anything else, and having the opportunity to laze around on the beach in a hammock, watching gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and simply admiring the view. 

Palenque Chiapas

Explore the ruins at Palenque

The Palenque ruins are undoubtedly among the best Mayan ruins in Mexico. The site dates back to the Early Classic period (A.D. 200-600) and was also known as ¨Lakamha¨ in the Ancient Itza language. It flourished during the 7th century under the rule of Pakal.

Palenque sits in the heart of the Tumbalá mountains. You can climb the ruins here and for your efforts, you are rewarded with spectacular views of the jungle below.

The site is expansive and worthy of 2-3 hours of your time. Palenque is one of the world’s most studied Mayan ruins and it was just as important as Chichen Itza, Edzna , and Mayapan .

Recommended Palenque tours

Palenque is relatively remote and somewhat tricky to get to. It is advisable to visit the site on a tour.

Many reputable local tour operators offer day trips from San Cristobal de Las Casas to Palenque. They usually combine a trip to the ruins with a visit to some nearby waterfalls.

A selection of the best Palenque tours is detailed below for your consideration.

  • From San Cristobal: Agua Azul and Palenque day trip
  • From San Cristobal: Palenque, Agua Azul and Misol-Ha day trip

Yaxchilan ruins

Take a boat out to the Yaxchilan ruins

Visiting the ruins at Palenque can feel like a bit of an effort. At first glance, it seems like there is little else of interest in the area nearby. Palenque town is not a tourist destination in itself, although it is home to several hotels and restaurants.

If you opt to stay overnight in Palenque, you can then consider taking a day trip out to Yaxchilan and Bonampak ruins. The Yaxchilan ruins are some of the most difficult to reach but they are well worth the effort.

To get here, you need to board a boat and ride along the Usumacinta River. Much of Yaxchilan has been reclaimed by the jungle and is massively overgrown. It looks just as you would expect a site that has been abandoned for thousands of years to look. Yaxchilan sees just a fraction of the tourists seen by the likes of Palenque and Chichen Itza.

This is, in part, because the ruins require so much effort to get to. Only a small handful of tourists pass through here every day.

Yaxchilan was occupied between 250 AD and 900 AD. Its location right on the river made it an important city for trade and commerce.

Recommended Yaxchilan and Bonampak tours

It would be very difficult to try and get to Yaxchilan independently. Your best bet is to travel with a tour guide.

Several reputable tour options are detailed below. Most tours combine a trip to Yaxchilan with the nearby ruins of Bonampak.

  • Yaxchilan and Bonampak ruins and Lacandon jungle tour from Palenque

Yaxchilan and Bonampak can be visited on a tour from Palenque

Stop by the Bonampak archeological site

The Bonampak archeological site is small, and at first glimpse, it may not seem as impressive as Palenque or Yaxchilan but don’t be fooled. The most fascinating thing about this site is that it is home to several extremely well-preserved, colorful painted murals.

In fact, ¨Bonampak¨ is Mayan for ¨painted walls¨. In one of the main structures here, nestled deep in the heart of the jungle, are three rooms that are painted from floor to ceiling.

These are the best-preserved Mayan murals in the world and Mayan paintings like these are extremely rare. The murals depict scenes from everyday life in a Mayan civilization – celebrations, sacrifices, and religious ceremonies.

It is better to visit Bonampak as part of a tour. Most companies combine a trip to the ruin with a trip to Yaxchilan.

A Chiapescan man walks beneath fluttering papel picado flags in the colorful Chiapas city of Comitan

Venture off the beaten path to the city of Comitan

The city of Comitan de Dominguez is a pueblo magico in the southernmost part of Chiapas state. It sits right beside the Guatemalan border and a visit here is one of the best things to do in Chiapas if you want to venture far off the beaten track and experience local life.

Comitan’s pre-Hispanic name was Balún Canán meaning “Nine Stars”. The settlement was founded in a swamp by a large group of Tzeltal Indians.

In 1486 it was subdued by the Aztecs who changed the name to “Comitlan” derived from a Nahuatl word meaning “Place of potters”. Spanish colonizers changed the name to Comitan, which was easier for them to pronounce.

The ¨de Dominguez¨ aspect of the name was added in 1915 in honor of Dr. Belisario Dominguez, a beloved doctor, and politician. Comitan does not offer a huge amount in terms of things to see and do; You could easily explore most of the town on foot in half a day.

However, it makes a great base for exploring many of the southernmost ruins, lakes, and parks in Chiapas. If you base yourself in Comitan rather than San Cristobal, your journey time to the likes of Montebello Lakes and the El Chiflon waterfalls is much shorter.

Howler monkeys and other animals can be found in the Lacandon jungle

Trek through the Lacandon Jungle

The Lacandon Jungle is an area of rainforest that is easily accessible from Palenque. It stretches from Chiapas, Mexico, all the way down to Guatemala.

You will pass through a section of the jungle if you want to travel to the ruins of Yaxchilan and Bonampak. However, if you want to delve deeper into the wilderness and learn about the indigenous Lacandon Maya tribe that inhabits the jungle, as well as have the chance to view its endemic flora, fauna, and animals, you can book a jungle trek.

Many local companies offer Lacandon Jungle trekking tours. Some are led by members of the Lacandon tribes and others include an overnight say at a jungle camp.

A mask recovered from Tenam Puente on display at a museum in the Comitan archeological museum

Visit the ruins at Tenam Puente

A visit to the ruins at Tenam Puente is one of the best things to do in Chiapas if you have a keen interest in Mayan history. The Mayan city is just 11.6km south of Comitan and is accessible via Colectivo.

Tenam Puente comes from the Nahuatl word  tenamitl  meaning fortification. The site dates back to the early post-classic period (900-1200 AD) until it was eventually abandoned. Like many Mayan cities, nobody is certain about the reasons why it was abandoned.

Many artifacts that have been recovered from Tenam Puente are on display in the small Museo Arqueológico de Comitán in the Comitan city center. This is well worth visiting if you have time.

Unfortunately, the museum information is only displayed in Spanish so if you cannot speak/read Spanish, it doesn’t give a huge amount of context. However, some of the old Mayan masks and artifacts recovered from Tenam Puente are so ornate and intricate, that it would be a shame to miss the chance to view them.

Best things to do in Chiapas Mexico: Visit the Mayan ruins of Chinkultic

Head out to the forgotten ruins of Chinkultic

The ruins at Chinkultic are located 45.5km south of Comitan, close to the Guatemalan border. Unless you are driving in Mexico , they are difficult to get to independently.

The site dates back to 600 AD and contains several temples and pyramids that you can climb. From their peaks, you have incredible views across Southern Chiapas, with Guatemala in the distance.

The Chinkultic ruins are small. You only need an hour or two to explore them so a visit here is best combined with a trip to the nearby Montebello lakes.

For the time being, very few tours run to the region. If you do not have a vehicle, your best bet to reach the site is to go by taxi.

Ask your hotel reception/accommodation host to provide you with the details of a taxi driver that they trust. Then, you can negotiate a price with the driver for them to wait for you while you explore the site and then drive you back to Comitan.

There is a colectivo that you can take. However, it does not run all the way to Chinkultic. Instead, you need to go to Mobtelello Lakes and then try and hitch a ride from there.

El Chiflon waterfalls are one of Chiapas states most popular natural attractions

Take a day trip to El Chiflon Waterfalls

The El Chiflon waterfalls are among the most popular day trips that you can do from San Cristobal de Las Casas. This collection of tiered waterfalls awaits in the southern part of the state, close to Comitan.

There are five waterfalls here. The most famous is called the Cascada de Vela Novia (the bridal veil) because its crystal clear water cascades over the edge of a cliff, giving the appearance of a bride’s veil.

You cannot swim in the waterfalls. However, there is a river nearby where you can swim so be sure to bring your swimsuit to make the most of the falls on a hot, humid day. There are also several hiking trails that lead you through the breathtaking natural scenery of the area.

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Recommended El Chiflon tours

  • San Cristobal: El Chiflon waterfalls and Montebello day tour
  • Tuxtla Gutierrez: El Chiflon waterfalls and Montebello day tour

Spend a day at Montebello Lakes

The Lagos de Montebello (Montebello Lakes) is a complex of 59 natural lakes situated at the Mexico-Guatemala border. Some fall on the Mexican side of the border, others await in Guatemala.

This is one of the best places to visit in Chiapas if you enjoy the great outdoors and getting back to nature. You can take a boat ride on some of the larger lakes and many hiking trails weave throughout the area.

Many local tour companies include a trip to Montebello lakes with their El Chiflon tours. However, the lakes are also very easy (and cheap!) to get to independently.

You can take a Colectivo from Comitan to the lakes for just 20 pesos ($1 USD!) Pack some snacks or some Mexican street food and have a picnic on the banks of one of the lakes.

Sundays at the lake provide a great people-watching opportunity. Most Mexicans have the day off work and you will see lots of local families having picnics, camping, and swimming in the lakes.

Marvel at the Agua Azul waterfalls

There are several spectacular waterfalls that you will likely pass on your way to Palenque. Namely, Agua Azul, Misol-Ha, and Roberto Barrios.

If you are participating in a Palenque tour that departs from San Cristobal, they will typically include a brief stop at one or multiple of these sites. The Las Cascadas de Agua Azul is the most popular of the falls.

As the name suggests, the clear water here is a fabulous shade of turquoise blue. This ethereal shade is due to a combination of carbonated salts that exist in the water.

Fortunately, the salts do not affect or harm your skin in any way so you can safely and comfortably enjoy swimming in the pools at the base of the falls. Many tour buses stop at Agua Azul each day and unfortunately, the site is becoming increasingly crowded which can somewhat detract from the magic of visiting the site.

If you are touring Chiapas independently, you may prefer to visit the lesser-known cascado Roberto Barrios. The falls are an hour’s drive from Palenque and are accessible via Colectivo.

Visit the Sima de las Cotorras sinkhole 

The Sima de las Cotorras sinkhole (chasm of the parakeets) is a Chiapas cenote that sits in the El Ocote Biosphere Reserve in Western Chiapas. As the name suggests, the huge sinkhole is home to thousands of colorful birds but its most famous residents are its bright green parakeets (cotorras). Every morning at around 4.30 or 5 am, the sinkholes’ resident birds wake up with the sunrise and take flight, fluttering out of the caverns and decorating the sky with hundreds of different colors. Not only is Sima de las Cotorras located in the very heart of the Chiapescan jungle, but there is a separate jungle located at the base level inside of it. Many of the trees and flowers here are native to Mexico and some of them are not found anywhere else – they are exclusive to this unique sinkhole. The only way to go inside the sinkhole is by rappelling down it. 

Various tour companies offer fully-supervised rappelling tours from Tuxtla and San Cristobal. If you are afraid of heights or nervous about the safety of rappelling, it is reassuring to know that you are with professionals that will watch and guide you the entire time. 

The Sima de las Cotorras is open from 7 am until 5 pm daily, but many tour companies will get you to the site before that so that you can watch the sunrise, see the birds coming out of the chasm, and enjoy a traditional Mexican breakfast before you start rappelling. 

Part way down the rim, you can find hundreds of cave paintings (petroglyphs) that were likely created by the local Zoque communities some 10,000 years ago. The sinkhole is 520 feet wide and 460 feet deep. 

Trek to the Aguacero Waterfalls 

Although El Chiflon Falls may be the most popular waterfalls in Chiapas, they are not the only worthwhile cascadas in the state. The Aguacero Falls could easily give them a run for their money, and this spectacular, underrated gem is nestled in the heart of the Ocote jungle. 

The falls are approximately an hour away from Tuxtla Gutierrez. Once you arrive at the site, it’s a short trek down 749 stone steps to the Cañón Río La Venta (La Venta River Canon). From there, you need to wade through the knee-deep waters of the river as you make your way to the falls. If you ever wanted to feel like a real-life Indiana Jones, the Aguacero Falls are your opportunity to do just that. While the Falls themselves are beautiful (even if they do not have the same ethereal-looking turquoise pools of water that El Chiflon and Agua Azul have), the jungle that encompasses them is equally fascinating and filled with caves and tunnels to explore, natural rock pools to bathe in, and mossy rocks to sit on while you revel in the view. 

Fall in love with the Reserva de la Biosfera La Encrucijada

La Encrucijada is a series of mangrove forests and estuaries that have been recognized as a biosphere reserve since 1995. The mangroves here are among the best in Mexico, with some of the trees reaching heights of up to 35km tall – making them among the tallest in Latin America. 

Sailing through the mangroves with local fishermen and admiring the flora, fauna and wildlife here is the best way to experience the biosphere reserve. (It is similar in some ways to Celestun or Rio Lagartos in the Yucatan ). 

Many of the plants that are found here are endangered and on the bird of extinction. Various migratory birds pass through the reserve each year, notably the waterfowl from Canada and the north of the United States. 

Nearby, on the coast of Barra Zacapulco, turtles come ashore onto the beaches to lay their eggs during the hatching season which takes place every year between August and October.  

Tapachula 

If Comitan de Dominguez is overlooked, the border town of Tapachula is even more so. Most travelers to Chiapas only see passing through the settlement as a necessary evil on the journey across the border into neighboring Guatemala. 

However, Tapachula is home to a population of 353,706 inhabitants and provides some great opportunities to immerse yourself in Mexican traditions and culture. Mexico’s southernmost city is known as the ‘Pearl of the Soconusco´and is an important place for the production and trade of flowers and fresh produce. 

The Miguel Hidalgo Central Park is a nice place to walk around while the Museo de Tapachula gives insight into the region’s history. (Although the exhibits are mostly in Spanish).

From here, you can also take day trips out to the Izapa ruins or the Tajumulco volcano. 

Impressive street art in Chiapa de Corzo

Final thoughts on the best things to do in Chiapas in 2024

Have you been to Chiapas, Mexico? Do you have any additional suggestions in terms of the best things to do in Chiapas Mexico? 

If you are visiting Mexico for the first time, you may enjoy reading this list of Mexico travel tips to know before you go . Safe travels! Buen Viaje! Melissa xo

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Chiapas Tour: a Fascinating Trip from Mexico City to San Cristobal (9 Days)

🇲🇽 Mexico Chiapas Chiapas Tour: a Fascinating Trip from Mexico City to San Cristobal (9 Days)

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On the Chiapas Tour, discover the vibrant heart of Mexico! Begin in the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, where ancient and modern coexist harmoniously. Explore UNESCO-listed historic sites, including Teotihuacan’s monumental pyramids, and soak up the city’s cultural richness. Venture to gorgeous Puebla with its colonial charm, and then delve into the Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve ‘s natural beauty. Oaxaca City’s cultural splendor awaits, along with the ancient ruins of Monte Alban and the spectacular landscapes of Hierve el Agua . Relax on Puerto Arista ‘s golden sands, cruise Sumidero Canyon ‘s dramatic cliffs, and explore Chiapa de Corzo’s colorful streets. Immerse yourself in the traditions of San Juan de Chamula and savor the loveliness of San Cristobal de las Casas . This tour is a feast of history, culture, and natural wonders!

  • Explore huge Pyramids of the Sun and Moon in UNESCO-listed Teotihuacan.
  • Have a swim and see the sunset in Hierve el Agua, a series of spectacularly sited mineral springs in Oaxaca.
  • Take a boat trip in awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon.
  • Witness fascinating ancient rituals blended with modern Christianity in San Juan de Chamula.
  • Fall in love with Chiapas, one of the most colorful and splendid states in Mexico.

How is this tour different?

Authentic    how this tour provides an actual image of the destination, life, and practices of the host community..

We do our best to make our trips educative and fulfilling, in which travelers can interact with local populations, learn about their traditions, and culture, and connect with their core values.

A tour with impact   ? How this tour positively affects the destination and local communities on economic, socio-cultural, and environmental dimensions.

We support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Our tours are aligned with SDG 8 and 12, focusing on empowering local communities and promoting sustainable consumption and production practices. We take tourists to underdeveloped regions, creating opportunities for economic growth while respecting local traditions and educating communities on sustainable approaches.

Other   ? Other advantages this tour offers to travelers.

  • Small groups of up to 12 travelers: closer communication, easier coordination, more adventures and fun!
  • Off-the-beaten-track tours with maximum immersion in local nature, culture, and traditions.
  • The easy-going atmosphere of our tours is perfect for informal travel and making new friends among co-travelers and locals.

Day 1: Mexico City

Bienvenidos a la Ciudad de Mexico – the largest city in Latin America where ancient and modern coexist in harmony. The city is a world-class cultural hub that offers a huge variety of museums, galleries, and architectural gems, along with bustling nightlife and diverse gastronomic culture. Arrive on Saturday or some days before and take your time to explore this diverse city before meeting your group and Tour Leader on Saturday evening: informational meeting, welcome dinner and optional get-together with the rest of the group.

  • Transportation : walking
  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Mexico City
  • Meals Included : dinner
  • Activities Included : welcome meeting

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Day 2: Mexico City

Join your Tour Leader and start the Chiapas Tour  with a walking tour around the UNESCO-listed historic center of Mexico City and a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology. Then, choose by yourself what to do next  – your Tour Leader will be happy to give suggestions. Optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Transportation : walking, public transportation
  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Mexico City
  • Meals Included : breakfast
  • Activities Included : walking in of the Historic Center of Mexico City; guided visit to the National Museum of Anthropology

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Day 3: Mexico City - Teotihuacan - Puebla

In the morning go to UNESCO-listed Teotihuacan , a fabulous archaeological zone that lies in a mountain-ringed offshoot of the Valle de México . The site of the huge Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, it was Mexico’s biggest ancient city and the capital of what was probably the country’s largest pre-Hispanic empire.

In the afternoon, after walking and lunch in Teotihuacan, continue our Chiapas Tour in Puebla. Once a bastion of conservatism and tradition, the city has come out of its colonial-era shell. Puebla retains a fantastically well-preserved center, a stunning cathedral, and a wealth of beautiful churches, while younger poblanos (people from Puebla ) are embracing the city’s increasingly thriving art and nightlife scenes. Optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Puebla
  • Meals Included : breakfast, lunch
  • Activities Included : guided visit to Teotihuacan Archeological Zone, walking tour in Puebla

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Day 4: Puebla - Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve - Oaxaca

After breakfast and checkout, go to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve . Located in a complex system of mountain ranges and valleys, this UNESCO-listed area generates great biodiversity and different ecosystems. The region has played an important role in the development of agriculture in Mesoamerica . Exploration by car and walking.

In the afternoon, move to Oaxaca City . A cultural colossus that fits to rival anywhere in Latin America for history, gastronomy, and colorful manifestations of indigenous culture, Oaxaca is a complex but intensely attractive city whose majestic churches and refined plazas have deservedly earned a UNESCO World Heritage badge.

Optional dinner and get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B in Oaxaca
  • Activities Included : guided visit to Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve, walking tour in Oaxaca

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Day 5: Oaxaca - Monte Alban - Hierve el Agua - Mitla

In the morning, go to Monte Alban . Now an illustrious ruin, this former capital of the Zapotec empire served as the second-largest ceremonial site in Mesoamerica after Teotihuacan for over a thousand years. Thereafter, you’ll move to Hierve el Agua. The location for some of the Top posts on Instagram, this series of spectacularly sited mineral springs is a great place to enjoy the impressive landscapes and sunsets.

Afterward, transfer to the nearby Magical Town of Mitla .  Orientation walk of the historic center, check-in, optional dinner, and get-together with the group in one of the local restaurants.

  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house near Hierve el Agua
  • Activities Included : guided visits to Monte Alban Archeological Zone and Hierve el Agua; orientation walk of Mitla

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Day 6: Mitla - Puerto Arista

In the morning, move to Puerto Arista, a quiet regional beach town famous for its extensive golden-sand beaches.  Once there,  ride an ATV and enjoy the stunning sunset on the beach. Finally, join an optional dinner and get-together with your group in one of the local restaurants.

  • Transportation : private vehicle
  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Puerto Arista
  • Activities Included : ATV ride on the beach in Puerto Arista

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Day 7: Puerto Arista - Sumidero Canyon - Chiapa de Corzo

Enjoy the sea and sun in the morning and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring Sumidero Canyon on a boat trip to enjoy the sight of impressive waterfalls. Enter mystical caves and see the cliff where Chiapanec Warriors committed suicide instead of being forced to surrender to the Spanish Conquistadores. After that, head to Chiapa de Corzo , one of the most beautiful towns in Chiapas, well known for its warm people and colorful Renaissance architecture. In January, you can enjoy the Fiesta Grande, one of the most attractive events in the country, declared a UNESCO Intangible Heritage. Accommodation, orientation walk in a historic center, optional dinner, and get-together with the group.

  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in Chiapa de Corzo
  • Activities Included : boat tour in Sumidero Canyon; walking tour in Chiapa de Corzo

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Day 8: Chiapa de Corzo – San Juan de Chamula – San Cristobal de las Casas

In the morning, move for an orientation walk and optional lunch to San Juan de Chamula , the center of the strongly independent Tzotzil ethnic group famous for their unique religious practices. In the evening, arrive at San Cristobal de las Casas. Set in a gorgeous highland valley surrounded by pine forests, this beautiful colonial city has been a popular travelers’ destination for decades. Check-in, orientation walk, optional dinner, and get-together with the group in the evening.

  • Accommodation : conveniently located, locally-owned hotel/B&B/guest house in San Cristobal de las Casas
  • Activities Included : orientation walks in San Juan de Chamula and San Cristobal de las Casas

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Day 9: San Cristóbal de las Casas - Tuxtla Gutierrez

Last day of our tour. After breakfast, get transferred to a local bus station and take a comfortable intercity bus to Tuxtla Gutierrez (1 hour 15 min approx). Once there, explore some of the city’s attractions or take a taxi directly to the Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport (~30-40 min).

  • Transportation : private transfer to the bus station in San Cristóbal de las Casas, intercity bus from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Tuxtla Gutierrez

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  • This tour is private : only your group will participate.
  • The price per person is variable and depends on the size of your group (please choose the number of participants in the booking calendar ➡️ to see the final price).

Local Expert Guides

English/Spanish Tour Leader service

Accommodation

8x nights in conveniently located hotels/B&Bs

Transportation

Transportation in a private vehicle throughout the tour (except for Day 9: intercity bus)

8x breakfasts, 1x lunch, 1x dinner

Walking Tours and Orientation Walks: Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mitla, Chiapa de Corzo, Puerto Arista, San Juan de Chamula, San Cristobal de las Casas History and Culture Experiences: guided visits to the National Anthropology Museum (Mexico City); 2x archeological zones – Teotihuacan, Monte Alban Nature Experiences: Tehuacan-Cuicatlan Biosphere Reserve (hiking); Canyon Sumidero (boat tour); Hierve el Agua Gastronomic Experiences: guided visit to the artisanal mezcal factory with tastings Other activities: ATV ride in Puerto Arista

Personal expenses

Flights are not included: check our partner deals .

Travel insurance is not included: find insurance tailored for you.

Cancellations

Most of our 1-day tours can be canceled up to 48 hours prior to the departure.

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more info.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How to book.

To reserve the tour, please choose the date and complete the booking form. Once finished, you will receive a booking confirmation in your email.

How can I contact the tour organizer?

You can find the contact phone number and email of the tour organizer in the confirmation email.

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I've Been to 40 Pueblos Magicos in Mexico — These are My Top 10 Picks

Want to visit some mexico pueblos magicos.

Smart choice! The pueblos magicos, which means “magic towns,” are some of the best places to visit in Mexico.

You might say I have a bit of an obsession with visiting pueblos magicos in Mexico. To date, I’ve been to 40 of them, and I have to say — some are better than others.

I have been living in Mexico since 2018 , so it’s easy for me to visit pueblos magicos. If I don’t really like the pueblo magico I visit, it’s not a big deal.

However, for people visiting from other countries, it is a big deal. With only a limited amount of travel time, I know you only want to visit the best Mexico pueblos mágicos.

Hence this article! In it, I’m highlighting my list of the Top 10 best pueblos magicos in Mexico for you — so you know which ones to add to your bucket list.

Pueblos Magicos Guide & FAQ

What is a pueblo magico (and why are they important).

The Mexico Pueblo Magico Program highlights small towns that have “magical” qualities — like history, culture, architecture, folklore and natural wonders.

As small towns as opposed to the top tourist destinations like Cancun , Mexico City and Cabo , many haven’t heard of the off the beaten path pueblos magicos.

That’s why the Mexican government’s Pueblo Magico Program was created — so visitors would be able to discover these hidden gems that are worth checking out.

How do towns become pueblos magicos in Mexico?

There are a few steps to apply, starting with the town forming a Pueblo Magico Committee to handle the application process.

Within the application, there are FOUR basic requirements to be considered for pueblo magico status:

  • The town’s population must be at least 5,000 residents.
  • It must be easy to reach it from a major city in Mexico via well-maintained roadways if you’re driving, or public transportation if you aren’t.
  • The town must have something “magical” about it that visitors want to experience for at least 1-2 days.
  • There must be quality lodging options so visitors can stay the night.

How many pueblos magicos are there?

As of the most-recent revision to the official list on August 1, 2023, there are currently 177 pueblos magicos in Mexico .

However, the answer to the How many pueblos magicos are there in Mexico? question changes depending on when you ask it.

Every few years, the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico reevaluates the list. Some towns are added, while some get removed if they are no longer meeting the qualifications.

Which were the first pueblos magicos?

Huasca de Ocampo in Hidalgo, Real de Catorce in San Luis Potosi, and Tepoztlan in Morelos were the first three when the Mexico Pueblos Magicos Program started in 2001.

Of the three, Huasca de Ocampo is officially known as the first Mexico pueblo magico. It even has a plaque in the town verifying that.

Today, the list has grown to 177 pueblos magicos in Mexico. As it’s reevaluated every so often, I suspect the list will continue to grow in the coming years.

My Top 10 Pueblos Magicos in Mexico

1. san cristobal de las casas, chiapas, 🤔 why is san cristobal de las casas worth visiting.

One of the most-visited Mexico pueblos magicos, San Cristóbal de las Casas boasts colorful colonial architecture, gorgeous nature, and a friendly bohemian vibe.

Known for beautiful textiles, you can shop for them in the local mercados (markets), or see them on display at Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya (Mayan Textile Museum).

Outside of town, don’t miss the surrounding nature like the Cañón del Sumidero Canyon . This massive canyon has walls 3,300-feet-tall (1,000 m) in some areas.

A bit further out, there’s amazing waterfalls like El Chiflon, Aguas Azules, and Misol-Ha, as well as the massive lakes at Lagos de Montebello.

🚗 How to visit San Cristobal de las Casas mexico

There’s no airport here, so you’ll want to fly into Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport in Tuxtla. This is the capital of Chiapas, Mexico.

From there, you can rent a car and drive to San Cristobal, take a taxi, or take the colectivo. There are some private shuttle companies too.

I took the colectivo; it was simple and inexpensive. Colectivos are small shared vans, and one of the cheapest ways to get around in Mexico.

2. Bacalar, Quintana Roo

🤔 why is bacalar worth visiting .

Bacalar pueblo magico is a quiet town in the southern part of Quintana Roo state, which is one of the three states that make up Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

It became so popular because of Bacalar Lake, AKA the Lake of Seven Colors.

The second biggest freshwater lake in Mexico, the best way to experience it is on this Bacalar boat tour where you’ll visit sites like Canal de Los Piratas (Pirate’s Channel).

You’ll also want to check out the balnearios (beach clubs) like Los Rapidos Bacalar, and swim in the Bacalar cenotes, like Cenote Azul and Cenote Cocalitos.

🚗 How to visit Bacalar Mexico

The closest airport to Bacalar is Chetumal International Airport. Located in the town of Chetumal, there aren’t direct flights from the U.S., so this isn’t a convenient option.

For most visitors, it’s easiest to fly into Tulum International Airport or Cancun International Airport, and then rent a car or take the ADO bus to Bacalar.

When coming from Cancun, I always take this private shuttle .

It’s about a 4-hour drive, but after flying to Cancun and dealing with the stress airports and flights inevitably bring, it’s easier to book the shuttle than deal with ground transportation.

3. Teotihuacan, Estado de Mexico

🤔 why is teotihuacan worth visiting.

 Teotihuacán (pronounced tay-oh-tee-wok-con) is one of the 35 Mexico UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and also one of the most important ruins in Mexico .

The origins of this mysterious site are unknown, though it has connections to various ancient civilizations, including the Toltecs, Aztecs and Teotihuacanos.

With so much history, you’ll want to book one of these top-rated Teotihuacan tours so you have a knowledgeable guide to explain it all.

The site sees about two million annual visitors each year and many head there to climb the Teotihuacán pyramids: Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon and Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl.

🚗 How to visit Teotihuacan Mexico

One of the most popular day trips from Mexico City , you have several options for how to get to Teotihuacan Ruins. 

  • The easiest way is to book one of these best Teotihuacan tours .
  • Looking to go on the hot air balloons as well as see the ruins? Check out these best Teotihuacan hot air balloon tours .
  • If you’re renting a car , you can of course just drive yourself.
  • To take the bus to Teotihuacan or public transport, this article lists all your Mexico City to Teotihuacan options to go on your own.

4. Taxco, Guerrero

🤔 why is taxco worth visiting.

Taxco de Alarcón (usually just called Taxco) is a delightful hillside town in Guerrero, Mexico — and the only pueblo magico in Guerrero state.

Its Parroquia de Santa Prisca Church is among the most beautiful churches in Mexico. However, Taxco is best known as one of the top Mexico silver mining towns.

In town, you can sometimes see artisans hard at work in their tiny talliers (workshops), and you can buy silver directly from them.

Semana Santa (Holy Week), the week leading up to Easter, is a special time to visit Taxco, Mexico.

It is one of the most important Mexican holidays , but Taxco has one of the country’s most elaborate celebrations (though some describe it as gruesome).

🚗 How to visit Taxco Mexico

When I visited, it was on this Mexico City to Taxco tour . It was nice not to have to drive to Taxco, as it’s about four hours each way.

I highly recommend going on a tour versus going on your own, because in full disclosure, Guerrero state isn’t one of the safest places in Mexico for visitors .

Now, Taxco is considered safe, and many people visit daily. I went with three friends, and we all felt perfectly safe the whole time — but to err on the side of caution, go with this group tour .

5. Xilitla, San Luis Potosi

🤔 why is xilitla worth visiting.

The oldest town in San Luis Potosí, Xilitla (pronounced he-leet-la or she-leet-la; I’ve heard both) dates back to the 16th Century.

Though there are several things to do in Xilita, the main draw is the Surrealist Gardens of Edward James (AKA Los Pozas, which means The Wells or The Pools).

Inspired by his love of surrealist art, eccentric Englishman Edward James began building his dream home. Sadly, he passed away before completion.

For many, you visit Xilitla as part of a trip to La Huasteca Potosina . This lush Mexico region is famed for beautiful nature, particularly its waterfalls.

🚗 How to visit Xilitla Mexico

My boyfriend and I spent a week in Huasteca Potosina , visiting all the waterfalls, Xilitla, the Surrealist Garden of Edward James, and more. It was an amazing trip!

When we went, we rented a car in San Luis Potosi City , and then drove to the Huasteca Region. The drive is about four hours long.

Since everything is quite spread out in the Huasteca, you’ll definitely want a car. With your rental car, you have total freedom to explore where you want at your own pace.

You can also opt for one of these best Huasteca Potosina tours — but know most of them depart from Ciudad Valles . This is the most central town in La Huasteca.

6. Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico

🤔 why is valle de bravo worth visiting.

Known as “the Hamptons of Mexico City,” Valle de Bravo is an affluent town that sits on Lake Avandaro. The lake offers everything from boat tours to water sports.

For the adventurous, book this Valle de Bravo hang gliding experience and jump off one of the town’s mountains or cliffs and soar like a bird over the lake.

Back on land, there’s many things to do in Valle de Bravo like hiking to the Mirador La Pena overlook, and the short hike to the Cascadas Velo de Novia Waterfalls.

Make sure to also stroll the beautiful cobblestone streets around Plaza de la Independencia in downtown, when you can do some shopping at the boutiques.

If you visit during the Mexico butterfly season (approx. mid-November to early-April), there’s a sanctuary not far from Valle de Bravo called Piedra Herrada.

🚗 How to visit Valle de Bravo Mexico

The easiest way to visit will be coming by rental car or bus from Mexico City. When we visited, we took the bus.

There’s only one bus from Mexico City to Valle de Bravo; Autobuses Zinacantepec (AKA Zina Bus). The drive takes 3-4 hours each way, depending on the bus’s route.

While you can explore many pueblos magicos in 1-2 days, I spent 5 wonderful days here. If you’re also staying a while, these are the best hotels in Valle de Bravo .

7. Tequila, Jalisco

🤔 why is tequila worth visiting.

Did you know bottles can only be labeled as tequila if the drink comes from here in Tequila, Mexico (and a few surrounding areas)?!

Tequila the town is a fun, colorful pueblo surrounded by beautiful blue agave plant fields. This Blue Weber Agave is the only plant used to make tequila.

The Plaza Principal (Town Square) is the main area of town, if you’re a true tequila fan, you’ll want to visit distilleries outside of town in the non-touristy areas.

I did this Fortaleza Tequila Tour at one of the best artisan distilleries in Tequila. Their tequila is AMAZING, and I took home a bottle of Fortaleza Añejo.

🚗 How to visit Tequila Mexico

There are numerous tours to Tequila, Mexico, like this tour from Guadalajara to Tequila .

For a unique experience, opt for this incredibly popular Jose Cuervo Tequila Train Tour and you can ride the train to Tequila past the agave fields (see image above).

Since it’s Tequila after all, many visitors will want that designated driver so you can sample some of the locally-made tequilas.

You can also go on your own by renting a car in Guadalajara , or renting a car in Puerto Vallarta and driving to Tequila.

The drive takes about two hours in normal traffic from Guadaaljara, and four hours from Puerto Vallarta. The roads to Tequila are well-maintained, and considered safe.

8. Valladolid, Yucatan

🤔 why is valladolid worth visiting.

With so many things to do in Valladolid , it’s no wonder this is becoming a Mexico must see spot.

On your visit, don’t miss the Parque Principal (Main Park) to see the Iglesia de San Servacio Church, as well as colorful, colonial buildings, shops and restaurants.

The picturesque Calzada de los Frailes is one of the nicest streets in town. At the end of the street, you’ll find the 16th Century Ex-Convento de San Bernardino de Siena.

Located only minutes from downtown, you’ll want to visit Cenote Zaci . This partially-open cenote sinkhole is a popular swimming spot with locals and visitors alike.

A bit further out, but still less than an hour away, you’ll be at Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins — one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

🚗 How to visit Valladolid Mexico

With its central location in the Yucatan Peninsula , you can easily reach Valladolid from everywhere from Cancun and Tulum, to Playa del Carmen and Merida.

I have visited a few times; twice on a day trip from Merida , and once on a day trip from Tulum . I’ve gone by rental car, on a tour and by bus — and each one works!

9. Palenque, Chiapas

🤔 why is palenque worth visiting.

The small town of Palenque (pronounced pull-lan-kay) is located in the Selva Lacandona (Lacandon Jungle). This giant rainforest stretches into Honduras!

Among the best things to do in Palenque, the Palenque Mayan Ruins is an ancient pre-hispanic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site .

Here, don’t miss the Temple of the Inscriptions, the largest Mesoamerican stepped pyramid on Earth, with eight levels.

It’s named after the hieroglyphic Inscription Tablets found inside, which shed light on some mysteries of the Maya civilization .

🚗 How to visit Palenque Mexico

There is a small airport here called Palenque International Airport, though you’d have to connect through Mexico City. It is the only place with direct flights to Palenque.

For most visitors, you’ll come from San Cristobal de las Casas by rental car or on a tour. I went with a tour, and can’t recommend that enough.

The drive from San Cristobal de las Casas to Palenque takes about four hours each way, so it’s a long day if you’re driving yourself — which is why I recommend you book this Palenque tour .

10. Tulum, Quintana Roo

🤔 why is tulum worth visiting.

Tulum pueblo magico is one of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico, and among the best beaches in Mexico .

In fact, most travelers don’t even realize Tulum is a Yucatan pueblo magico because it’s so popular without the designation.

If this will be your first visit, you’re in for a real treat because there are just so many cool things to do in Tulum !

There’s amazing snorkeling in Tulum , lazing at the beautiful beach clubs on the Caribbean Sea, swimming in the gorgeous Tulum cenotes , and so much more.

However, an absolute must do activity when you’re in town is to visit the Tulum Mayan Ruins .

They are located right on the beach, just 10 minutes from Tulum Town (Downtown Tulum), and considered among the best Mayan Ruins in Mexico .

🚗 How to visit Tulum Mexico

There is now an airport in Tulum Mexico, so you can fly there.

The Aeropuerto Internacional de Tulum Felipe Carrillo Puerto (AKA Tulum Airport ) opened to international flights in 2024 — making Tulum travel much easier.

Another option is to fly to the Cancun Airport, which has a lot more direct flights, and then take ground transportation to Tulum.

I always opt for this Cancun to Tulum private shuttle when I visit. Oh, and if you need a Tulum hotel, these articles are sure to help you find the best option:

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BONUS: 5 Honorable Mentions

As I visit more and more pueblos magicos each year, I find the need to keep expanding this list.

The Top 10 I wrote about above are the must-visit magic towns in Mexico, but if you want to keep exploring, the five listed below make great options as well.

1. Izamal, Yucatan

Izamal is known as the Yellow Town in Mexico, because it’s well… Yellow 💛 As in, the entire downtown Izamal area is painted yellow. (The rest of the town isn’t yellow.)

Why? — You might be wondering. While no one knows for sure, there are a few theories floating around that tackle the Why is Izamal yellow? question.

The first time I visited, I wasn’t sure what to expect and I actually had low expectations. This was back in 2019, and I hadn’t heard much about Izamal.

When I arrived I was in awe. There’s a lot of history in this bustling small town, as well as the Kinich Kakmó Mayan Ruins, and of course, the yellow buildings.

2. Cholula, Puebla

Located only about 30 minutes from Puebla City, the capital of Puebla state, visitors won’t want to miss Cholula.

It is one of the oldest cities in Mexico, and one of the most colorful — and home to the largest pyramid on Earth by volume!

The Great Pyramid of Cholula measures an astounding 984-feet by 1,033-feet at its base (300 by 315 meters) — which is wider than the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

Another interesting Mexico fun fact about the Cholula Pyramid is that most of it is still buried underground.

Today, visitors can explore the above-ground parts that have been excavated, as well as some of the tunnels under it.

3. Tepoztlán, Morelos

One of the closest pueblos magicos to Mexico City, Tepoztlan has a unique mix of culture, history, ancient ruins and a party atmosphere.

When you visit, make sure you climb to the top of the Tepozteco Pyramid. While the climb up isn’t easy, the views from the top are worth it.

Located atop a cliff overlooking several towns below, the Tepozteco Ruins are dedicated to Tepoztécatl , the Aztec god of harvest, fertility, and pulque .

After a strenuous climb, there are several spas in Tepoztlan to relax in. In fact, many visit specifically for some R&R in these best Tepoztlan hotels and resorts .

Known as one of the most spiritual cities in Mexico, you can also enjoy a temazcal ceremony (pre-Hispanic sweat lodge) for a purification ritual.

4. Bernal, Queretaro

Bernal is a charming town located about 1.5 hours from Queretaro City, the capital of Queretaro state. In my opinion, it was one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico .

Bernal’s claim to fame is the Peña de Bernal. This is the third-largest monolith on Earth. (🪨 In case you don’t know, a monolith is a single, upright block of stone.)

Besides the Peña de Bernal, which you can climb and hike up , there’s plenty to do back in town.

When you visit, don’t miss the Museo de la Máscara (Bernal Mask Museum) and Temple of Saint Sebastian the Martyr.

Also, make sure to eat some gorditas . Among the traditional Mexican foods , Queretaro gorditas are a local specialty, and known to be the best in the country.

5. Mazunte, Oaxaca

If you wish you could have visited Tulum before it became super popular (and crowded), Mazune is a great option .

Located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, it’s about three hours by car from Oaxaca City. With some of the most beautiful beaches in Oaxaca , you won’t regret the trek!

As a beach town, you’ll want to hit the beach by day. About an hour before sunset, hike up to Punta Cometa to see the sunset from a cliff.

If you want to check out more beaches, Mazunte is located near several other great Oaxaca beach towns like San Agustinillo , Zipolite , Chacahua and Huatulco .

Pueblos Magicos in Mexico: The Full List by State

Looking for the complete list of pueblos magicos in Mexico?

I have it here below for you, and next to each one, you’ll see the year that town officially became known as a magical town.

For fun, I put a checkmark ✔️ next to the ones I’ve visited, and I’ll keep adding the checkmarks as I visit more Mexico pueblos magicos. I hope to visit them all one day!

🇲🇽 Aguascalientes State

Real de Asientos (Year added: 2006)

Calvillo (2012)

San José de Gracia (2015)

Pabellon de Hidalgo (2023)

🇲🇽 Baja California State

Tecate (Year added: 2012)

🇲🇽 Baja California Sur State

Todos Santos (Year added: 2006)

Loreto (2012)

Santa Rosalia (2023)

🇲🇽 Campeche State

Palizada (Year added: 2010)

Isla Aguada (2020)

Candelaria (2023)

🇲🇽 Chiapas State

✔️ San Cristóbal de las Casas (Year Added: 2003)

✔️ Chiapa de Corzo (2012)

Comitán de Domínguez (2012)

✔️ Palenque (2015)

Ocozocoautla de Espinosa (2023)

Copainalá (2023)

🇲🇽 Chihuahua State

Creel (Year added: 2007)

Batopilas (2012)

Casas Grandes (2015)

Guachochi (2023)

Hidalgo del Parral (2023)

🇲🇽 Coahuila State

Parras de la Fuente (Year added: 2004)

Cuatrociénegas de Carranza (2012)

Arteaga (2012)

Viesca (2012)

Candela (2015)

Guerrero (2015)

Santa Rosa de Múzquiz (2018)

General Cepeda (2023)

🇲🇽 Colima State

Comala (Year added: 2002)

🇲🇽 Durango State

Mapimí (Year added: 2012)

Nombre de Dios (2018)

🇲🇽 Estado de Mexico (Mexico State)

Tepotzotlán (Year added: 2002)

✔️ Valle de Bravo (2005)

Malinalco (2010)

El Oro (2011)

Metepec (2012)

Aculco De Espinoza (2015)

Ixtapan de la Sal (2015)

✔️ Teotihuacán (2015)

Villa del Carbón (2015)

Tonatico (2020)

Jilotepec de Molina (2023)

Otumba (2023)

🇲🇽 Guanajuato State

Dolores Hidalgo (Year added: 2002)

Mineral de Pozos (2012)

Jalpa de Cánovas (2012)

Salvatierra (2012)

Yuriria (2012)

Comonfort (2018)

🇲🇽 Guerrero State

✔️ Taxco (Year added: 2002)

Ixcateopan (2023)

Zihuatanejo (2023)

🇲🇽 Hidalgo State

✔️ Huasca de Ocampo (Year Added: 2001)

✔️ Real del Monte (2004)

Mineral del Chico (2011)

Huichapan (2012)

Tecozautla (2015)

Zimapán (2018)

Zempoala (2020)

Acaxochitlán (2023)

Metztitlán (2023)

🇲🇽 Jalisco State

✔️ Tapalpa (Year added: 2002)

✔️ Tequila (2003)

✔️ Mazamitla (2005)

San Sebastián del Oeste (2011)

Lagos de Moreno (2012)

Mascota (2015)

Talpa de Allende (2015)

✔️ Tlaquepaque (2018)

✔️ Ajijic (2020)

Cocula (2023)

✔️ Sayula (2023)

Temacapulín (2023)

🇲🇽 Michoacan State

✔️ Pátzcuaro (Year added: 2002)

Tlalpujahua (2005)

Cuitzeo (2006)

Santa Clara del Cobre (2010)

Angangueo (2012)

Tacámbaro (2012)

Jiquilpan (2012)

✔️ Tzintzuntzan (2012)

Paracho (2020)

Cotija (2023)

🇲🇽 Morelos State

✔️ Tepoztlán (Year added: 2001)

Tlayacapan (2011)

Xochitepec (2023)

Tlaltizapán (2023)

🇲🇽 Nayarit State

Mexcaltitán (Year added: 2001)

Jala (2012)

✔️ Sayulita (2015)

Compostela (2018)

Ahuacatlán (2023)

Amatlán de Cañas (2023)

Ixtlán del Río (2023)

Puerto Balleto (2023)

San Blas (2023)

🇲🇽 Nuevo Leon State

Santiago (Year added: 2006)

Linares (2015)

Bustamante (2018)

General Terán (2023)

General Zaragoza (2023)

🇲🇽 Oaxaca State

Capulálpam de Méndez (Year added: 2007)

Huautla de Jimenez (2015)

✔️ Mazunte (2015)

✔️ San Pablo Villa de Mitla (2015)

San Pedro y San Pablo Teposcolula (2015)

Santa Catarina Juquila (2020)

🇲🇽 Puebla State

Cuetzalan (Year added: 2002)

Zacatlán (2011)

Pahuatlán (2012)

Chignahuapan (2012)

✔️ Cholula (2012)

Tlatlauquitepec (2012)

Xicotepec (2012)

✔️ Atlixco (2015)

Huauchinango (2015)

Tetela de Ocampo (2020)

Huejotzingo (2023)

Teziutlán (2023)

🇲🇽 Queretaro State

✔️ Bernal (Year added: 2005)

Jalpan de Serra (2010)

Cadereyta de Montes (2011)

Tequisquiapan (2012)

San Joaquín (2015)

Amealco de Bonfil (2018)

Pinal de Amoles (2023)

🇲🇽 Quintana Roo State

✔️ Bacalar (Year added: 2006)

✔️ Isla Mujeres (2015)

✔️ Tulum (2015)

✔️ Cozumel (2023)

🇲🇽 San Luis Potosi State

✔️ Real de Catorce (Year added: 2001)

✔️ Xilitla (2011)

✔️ Aquismón (2018)

✔️ Santa Maria del Rio (2020)

Tierra Nueva (2023)

Ciudad del Maíz (2023)

🇲🇽 Sinaloa State

Cosalá (Year added: 2005)

El Fuerte (2009)

El Rosario (2012)

Mocorito (2015)

San Ignacio (2023)

🇲🇽 Sonora State

Alamos (Year added: 2005)

Magdalena de Kino (2012)

San Carlos (2023)

Ures (2023)

🇲🇽 Tabasco State

Tapijulapa (Year added: 2010)

Santiago de Teapa (2023)

Frontera (2023)

🇲🇽 Tamaulipas State

Ciudad Mier (Year added: 2007)

Tula (2011)

🇲🇽 Tlaxcala State

Huamantla (Year added: 2007)

Tlaxco (2015)

Ixtenco (2023)

🇲🇽 Veracruz State

✔️ Coatepec (Year added: 2006)

✔️ Xico (since 2011)

Papantla (2012)

Coscomatepec de Bravo (2015)

✔️ Orizaba (2015)

Zozocolco de Hidalgo (2015)

Córdoba (2023)

Naolinco (2023)

🇲🇽 Yucatan State

✔️ Izamal (Year added: 2002)

✔️ Valladolid (2012)

✔️ Sisal (2020)

Maní (2023)

✔️ Espita (2023)

✔️ Motul de Carrillo Puerto (2023)

Tekax de Álvaro Obregón (2023)

🇲🇽 Zacatecas State

✔️ Jerez de García Salinas (Year added: 2007)

Teúl de González Ortega (2011)

Sombrerete (2012)

Pinos (2012)

Nochistlan (2012)

Guadalupe (2018)

Villanueva (2023)

Final Thoughts: My Top 10 Pueblos Magicos in Mexico

We’ve reached the end of this list! Did you discover any new places you want to add to your Mexico bucket list ?

While we only scratched the surface of the best Mexico pueblos magicos , I plan to keep exploring as many as I can — and I’ll be updating this list when I do.

For now, if you want detailed guides to visiting some of the best pueblos magicos Mexico has to offer, here are the ones I have dedicated articles about:

  • Teotihuacan
  • Valle de Bravo
  • Zihuatanejo
  • San Pablo Mitla
  • Tlaquepaque

Mexico Travel Planning Guide

Should i buy mexico travel insurance.

YES — With basic coverage averaging just $5-10 USD per day, enjoy peace of mind with a plan from Travel Insurance Master , one of the biggest names in travel insurance. ( Read more )

Can you drink the water in Mexico?

No — You’ll want to buy this Water-To-Go Bottle , which filters your drinking water so you don’t get sick from drinking water in Mexico.

Also, it helps keep you hydrated while traveling Mexico. ( Read more )

Is it safe to rent a car in Mexico?

Yes — Renting a car in Mexico is one of the best ways to see the country! I always rent with Discover Cars , which checks international companies and local Mexican companies, so you get the best rates. ( Read more )

Will my phone work in Mexico?

Maybe — It depends on your company, so check with your provider. If you don’t have free Mexico service, buy a Telcel SIM Card . As Mexico’s largest carrier, Telcel has the best coverage of any Mexico SIM Cards. ( Read more )

What’s the best way to book my Mexico accommodations?

For Mexico hotels, Booking.com is the best site , but for hostels, use Hostel World . If you’re considering a Mexico Airbnb, don’t forget to check VRBO , which is often cheaper than Airbnb.

What do I pack for Mexico?

Head to the Ultimate Mexico Packing List + FREE Checklist Download to get all the info you need on packing for Mexico.

What’s the best site to buy Mexico flights?

For finding cheap Mexico flights, I recommend using Skyscanner .

Do I need a visa for Mexico?

Likely Not — U.S., Canadian and European Passport holders don’t need a visa for Mexico; but check here to see if you need a Mexico travel visa. Most travelers will get a 180-Day FMM Tourist Visa passport stamp a upon arrival.

Want to check out the best pueblos magicos in Mexico? I've been to MANY Mexico magic towns, and my Top 10 picks are listed here in this article.

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1. Cañon Del Sumidero, miradores From San Cristobal de Las Casas

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2. El Chiflon Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes Day Trip from Tuxtla Gutiérrez

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3. Palenque Archaelogical Site, Agua Azul and Misolha Waterfalls Combo Tour

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4. Full Day Tour of Montebello Lakes and El Chiflon Waterfall

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5. Sumidero Canyon, Chiapa de Corzo Magical Town from San Cristóbal de las Casas

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6. Full Day Tour to Palenque Archaeological Zone with Waterfalls

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7. Chiapa de Corzo: tradition, gastronomy and Cañon del Sumidero

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8. Trekking in Chiapas Indigenous Peoples

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9. Palenque and Jungle Waterfalls from Tuxtla Gutierrez

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10. Hiking Chiapas Exploring caves

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11. Palenque Archaeological Site with Agua Azul and Misol-Ha from Palenque

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12. Palenque Archaeological Site, Agua Azul & Misol Ha from San Cristobal

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13. El Chiflon Waterfalls and Montebello Lakes National Park Day Trip

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14. Lacandon Jungle Adventure and Bonampak Archaelogical Site from Palenque

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15. Full Day Tour in Black Sand Beach and Mangroves from Mexico

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16. Private 8-day Immersive Cultural Tour of Chiapas Mexico

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17. Aguacero Waterfall and La Venta River Canyon - Ocote Biosphere Reserve

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18. 5-Day Chiapas Adventure from San Cristobal

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19. Horseback Riding

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20. Lacandona Jungle Adventure 4 Days 3 Nights

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21. Las Guacamayas and Las Nubes, Montebello Lagoons. 2-Day Tour

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22. Parque Nacional Lagunas de Montebello, Chiflon Waterfalls

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23. Full Day Tour in Lagos de Montebello and El Chiflón

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24. 2 Days Tour Sumidero Canyon+Montebello lakes & Chiflon waterfalls

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25. 8-day Immersive Cultural Tour of Chiapas Mexico

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Good Friday

Biden and Harris discuss migration in separate White House meetings with Guatemalan leader Arévalo

FILE - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris addresses youth gathered on Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Misper Apawu, Pool, File)

FILE - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris addresses youth gathered on Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, Tuesday, March 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Misper Apawu, Pool, File)

Guatemalan President Bernardo Arevalo shakes hands with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at the start of their joint new conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City, Thursday, March 21, 2024. Mayorkas is in Guatemala for a two day visit. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

A migrant pushes a baby stroller past National Guards in Tapachula in Mexico’s Chiapas state, Monday, March 25, 2024. Migrants stranded on the border with Guatemala departed on Monday for Mexico City in what they are calling “The Migrant Way of the Cross” during Holy Week to call for better migratory policies. (AP Photo/Edgar H. Clemente)

Migrants walking on the highway carry a cross that reads in Spanish “Christ Resurrected” during Holy Week as they move through Tapachula in Mexico’s Chiapas state, Monday, March 25, 2024. Migrants stranded on the border with Guatemala departed on Monday for Mexico City in what they are calling “The Migrant Way of the Cross” to call for better migratory policies. (AP Photo/Edgar H. Clemente)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris welcomed Bernardo Arévalo , the newly elected president of Guatemala, to the White House on Monday to praise his battle against corruption and promote their work on stemming migration from Central America.

“Your leadership can help rebuild the Guatemalan people’s trust in their institutions, and give them a sense of hope and opportunity,” Harris said.

President Joe Biden met privately afterward with Arévalo to congratulate him on his inauguration, the White House said later Monday. They discussed good governance, effective migration management, the importance of upholding democracy and other issues, the White House said.

The Democratic vice president announced that her efforts to address the root causes of migration by improving economic opportunity in the region have generated $5.2 billion in private sector commitments.

“The problems, of course, did not occur overnight, and the solutions will not be achieved overnight,” Harris said. But there has been short-term progress, she said.

Migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — an area known as the Northern Triangle — have long made the journey north to the U.S.-Mexico border. Successive administrations have struggled to manage the flow of migrants, and it’s become a humanitarian and political challenge for Biden during this year’s election. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress say the nation’s immigration system is broken, but lawmakers have failed to address the problem.

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris delivers a speech on healthcare at an event in Raleigh, N.C., March 26, 2024. U.S. federal agencies must show their artificial intelligence tools aren’t harming the public, or stop using them, under new rules unveiled by the White House on Thursday. Vice President Kamala Harris said government agencies that use AI tools will be required to verify that those tools do not endanger the rights and safety of the American people. (AP Photo/Matt Kelley, File)

Harris and Arévalo discussed the Biden administration’s use of so-called “safe mobility offices,” which were set up in Guatemala, Colombia, Costa Rica and Ecuador in the fall, among other immigration matters. The safe mobility offices are designed to streamline the U.S. refugee process so migrants apply where they are and avoid paying smugglers to make the journey north.

The number of arrests for illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border nudged upward in February over the previous month to 140,644, although it was still among the lowest monthly tallies in Biden’s presidency. Of those, 23,216 were Guatemalan.

Arévalo took office in January after winning the presidency in August, beating the establishment candidate by a comfortable margin. He is the son of a former president credited with implementing some of Guatemala’s key labor protections, but his strong showing in a crowded field was still a shock.

The politician with a background in academia and conflict resolution caught fire with a message of challenging the country’s entrenched power structure and resuming the fight against corruption.

“Your election has brought a sense of of optimism to the people of America and around the world,” Harris said. “And despite the challenges that have been posed to Guatemala’s democratic process, the United States was proud to stand with you, Mr. President, following a free and fair election.”

Arévalo thanked Harris and the U.S. for their support.

“I view this as a historic moment in relations between our two countries, which share basic values and common interests,” Arévalo said.

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