Living Cultures Route

The natural and cultural elements of the Chiapas Highlands place this region among the most interesting places for the visitor who seeks a balance between cultural and natural tourism.
 
From San Cristobal de las Casas converge the roads that lead to know a world where the hills, valleys, forests, caves and springs are loaded with a deep spiritual meaning thanks to the double and intimate relationship of its original Tseltal-Tsotsil peoples with the mestizo metropolis.

The natural attractions are of splendid beauty, as can be seen in the caves of Rancho Nuevo, El Arcotete, the Grotto of the Mammoth or the caves of Teopisca.
The proud descendants of the Mayan culture coexist with modern society creating a cultural mosaic rarely found in Mexico, which makes this area one of the best options for traveling to Chiapas.

Living cultures

The entire route is linked to the traditional cultures of the native peoples, with visible aspects such as costumes, handicrafts, gastronomy, festivals and rituals, vernacular architecture, among other aspects. This region was a place of great interest for the anthropological currents of the 20th century, which gave rise to numerous studies, literature and films. It is enough to remember Juan Pérez Jolote by Ricardo Pozas and many other literary pieces of the indigenous cycle such as those of 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 with modern society, creating a cultural mosaic few can admire 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

  • Holidays

    February 28 to March 5

    Carnival of San Juan Chamula

    Place: Chamula, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    March 20 to January 31

    Feria de la Primavera y de la Paz

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

May

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    September 13 to 24

    Feast of the Virgin of Mercy

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

November

  • Holidays

    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

  • Holidays

    December 8

    Concepción Fair

    Place: Bochil, Chiapas

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    December 13

    Feast of Saint Lucia

    Place: Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    December 19 to 21

    Christmas

    Place: Zinacantán, Chiapas

Discover and explore

Natural reserves

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

This Soconusco Region is one of the areas with the greatest biodiversity, distributed in the three large natural reserves, habitat of unique and very important bird species, such as the peacock, or the sacred quetzal; mammal species such as the tapir, the puma or the jaguar. Hence the importance of being able to continue conserving and preserving these ecosystems for future generations of our wonderful Chiapas.





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Nature resorts



Folk arts

Chiapas handicrafts are the product of the passion, dedication and talent of women and men from different cultures, whose work reflects the emotion towards life and the search for beauty.



Gastronomy

The experience of getting to know the region is an approach to the current and changing cultural traditions, which oscillates between the cuisine of the communities linked to the flavors of the milpa and the cuisine of San Cristobal, where diverse influences converge. The posh, a strong drink made from corn, and the bread soup typical of San Cristobal are the best examples. It is also worth mentioning that this city is one of the main gastronomic centers of the state.



Chiapas Romantic

The main destination of this route is the Jovel Valley, which in ancient times offered the ideal situation, mild climate and strategic location for Diego de Mazariegos to found the Royal City of Chiapa in 1528. In the current historic center of San Cristobal de Las Casas converge roofs, flowery patios, corner balconies, baroque facades, neoclassical and Mudejar style buildings, colorful handicrafts, exquisite gastronomy, ceremonies, processions, popular festivities and old legends.

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

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