Living Cultures Route


The natural and cultural elements of the Highlands of Chiapas, place this region among the most interesting places for the visitor who seeks the balance between cultural and natural tourism.

The dual and intimate relationship between the environment of their original Tseltal-Tsotsil peoples and the role of the mestizo metropolis, or better Ladino as they say in Chiapas, of San Cristóbal, converge in which the roads that lead to know a world where the hills, valleys, forests, caves, springs, are loaded with deep spiritual meaning.

The natural attractions are also of splendid beauty, as can be seen in the caves of Rancho Nuevo, El Arcotete, the Gruta del Mamut or the caves of Teopisca.
The proud descendants of the Mayan culture live alongside modern society creating a cultural mosaic rarely reproduced in Mexico, which makes this area one of the best options for traveling to Chiapas.

Living cultures

The entire route is full of motifs linked to the traditional cultures of the original peoples visible in the costumes, pieces of popular art, gastronomy, festivals and rituals, vernacular architecture, economic practices, among other aspects. For this reason, this region was a place of great interest for the anthropological trends of the twentieth century that resulted in many studies, literature and filmmaking. It is enough to remember Juan Pérez Jolote by Ricardo Pozas and many other literary pieces from the indigenous cycle such as those by Rosario Castellanos, who worked in the communities in the middle of the century..


The Tsotsil and Tsetsal ethnic groups, proud descendants of the Mayan culture, coexist alongside modern society creating a cultural mosaic rarely reproduced in Mexico, which makes this route one of the best options to enter the multicultural part of Chiapas.

Traditional holidays

January

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    January 3 to 15

    Feast of the Lord of Esquipulas

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

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    January 18 to 22

    Feast of San Sebastian

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

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    January 19 to 22

    Feast of San Sebastian

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

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    January 20 to 23

    Feast of San Ildefonso

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

February

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    February 28 to March 5

    Carnival of San Juan Chamula

    Place: Chamula, Chiapas

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    February 1 to March 31

    Carnival. Traditional music and dances - Zinacantán

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

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    February 18 to March 16

    Easter

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

March

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    March 20 to January 31

    Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

May

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    May 3

    Feast of the Holy Cross

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

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    May 13 to 27

    Fiesta de San Isidro Labrador

    Place: Huixtán, Chiapas

June

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    June 16

    Fiesta de la Vírgen del Carmen

    Place: Chalchihuitán, Chiapas

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    June 27 to 30

    Patronal fair of San Pedro

    Place: Chenalhó, Chiapas

July

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    July 15 to 25

    Feast of San Cristóbal Mártir

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

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    July 16

    Feast of the Virgin of Carmen

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

August

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    August 8 to 11

    Feast of San Lorenzo

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

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    August 23 to September 1

    Feast of Saint Augustine

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

September

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    September 13 to 24

    Feast of the Virgin of Mercy

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

November

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    November 1 to 2

    Day of the Dead

    Place: Chamula, Chiapas

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    November 9 to December 21

    Feast of Saint Thomas

    Place: Oxchuc, Chiapas

December

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    December 8

    Concepción Fair

    Place: Bochil, Chiapas

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    December 13

    Feast of Saint Lucia

    Place: Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas

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    December 19 to 21

    Christmas

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

Discover and explore

Natural reserves

Chiapas is surprising for its biodiversity, but it is also surprising for its natural resources, as well as for the touristic possibilities found in its great rivers, lakes, majestic mountains and a multitude of channels and estuaries on the coast, with their own characteristics that form an intricate network of possibilities where plant and animal life have found the ideal environments for each form of life represented in Chiapas.

This Region of Mexico is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity established in a variety of habitats distributed in the numerous ecosystems. For that reason, it is said that with the exception of the desert and the eternal snows, all the environments presented in the national territory are found in this wonderful land, “Chiapas”.





Adventure trip


Nature resorts



Folk arts

Chiapas crafts are the product of the sensitivity, dedication and talent of women and men who, within the cultural plurality, reflect their emotion towards life and the search for beauty.



Gastronomy

The experience of knowing the Alteña region is based on the approach to current and changing cultural traditions that include gastronomy that oscillates between the cuisine of the communities linked to the flavors of the cornfield and the cuisine of San Cristóbal, where diverse influences come together.


Posh, the strong drink made from corn, and the typical bread soup of San Cristóbal are the best examples. It should also be mentioned that this city is one of the main gastronomic centers of the state.



Chiapas Romantic

This route's main destination is the Jovel Valley, which in ancient times offered the ideal situation, the mild climate and the strategic location, for Diego de Mazariegos to found the Ciudad Real de Chiapa in 1528. In the current historic center of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, rooftops, flowery patios, corner balconies, Baroque facades, Neoclassical and Mudejar style buildings, colorful crafts, exquisite cuisine, ceremonies, processions, popular festivals and old legends converge.

In addition to its invaluable heritage of art and tradition, the city can be the setting for your next event, which will captivate you.

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