Mayan Route

Chiapas, in addition to the incredible beauty of its landscapes, its picturesque towns, its superb colonial monuments, offers the majestic vestiges of Mesoamerican antiquity, whose richness and variety blend with the perennial green and the sounds of the jungle.

The Mayan route; invites the visitor to explore amazing mountain and river scenery, jungles and forests, which allows us to enter not only the splendor of the classic Mayans, but also the cultural greatness and dignity of the peoples that descend from them. The influence that this enigmatic culture exerts has motivated the displacement of specialized researchers and travelers from different parts of the world, eager to know the magnificence of this civilization, through the archaeological remains explored, as well as the many that still remain to be discovered. , together with the magic and color of its magical towns that combine the customs and traditions of ancient living cultures among many more.

This route includes emotions, excursions and experiences for the nature and cultural segments. Here you will experience the past and present of the Mayan culture up close through archaeological sites, ecotourism centers and traditions that highlight cultural elements embodied in beautiful handcrafted pieces, which reflect the identity of each Mayan community.

Living cultures

Centuries ago, during what is now known as the Classic period (200-900 AD), the Mayan people created a unique and magnificent culture. Its temples, pyramids and palace complexes over densely populated cities, its brilliant art forms, its advanced knowledge of astronomy, as well as its writing systems were the most developed ones in the New World. Later, the Classic civilization collapsed, but the Mayan did not disappear.

Today there are about 4 million of them living in the lands of the Highlands of Chiapas, in the jungles and plains of southeastern Mexico; in Guatemala, Belize, the western zone of Honduras and El Salvador.

Over the centuries, the history of the Mayan has been characterized by ethnic adaptation and cohesion, as well as its deep cultural roots. Thanks to these elements, the continuity of this human group has been possible.

The Tsotsil, Tsetsales, Tojolabales and Lacandones ethnic groups, proud descendants of the Mayan culture, coexist alongside modern society creating a cultural mosaic rarely reproduced in Mexico, which makes this complex of elements one of the best options for a trip through Chiapas.

Traditional holidays

January

  • Holidays

    January 8 to 18

    Feast of San Sebastian

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    January 20 to 30

    Feast of San Ildefonso

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

February

  • Holidays

    February 10

    Fiesta of San Caralampio

    Place: Comitán de Domínguez, 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 13 to 20

    Fiesta de San Isidro Labrador

    Place: Huixtán, Chiapas

July

  • Holidays

    July 15 to 25

    Feast of San Cristóbal Mártir

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    July 16

    Feast of the Virgin of Carmen

    Place: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

August

  • Holidays

    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: San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    September 13 to 24

    Feast of the Virgin of Mercy - Teopisca

    Place: Teopisca, Chiapas

  • 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

December

  • Holidays

    December 9 to 21

    Feast of Saint Thomas

    Place: Oxchuc, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    December 13

    Feast of Saint Lucia

    Place: Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas

  • Holidays

    December 13

    Feast of Saint Lucia

    Place: Amatenango del Valle, 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



Archeology

Mesoamerica was made up of different ethnic groups throughout a vast territory; communities of different origins to which their worldview and rites, the vital cultivation of corn and their agricultural cycles were closely linked.

The first settlers in Chiapas ordered time, space and transcended throughout the centuries as the material and symbolic representation of an imposing presence, strength and solidity that raised their stones to the sky.

No traveler is known who has not returned from Chiapas enchanted by the incredible beauty of its landscapes, superb colonial cities, majestic archaeological sites, by the creativity of its people embodied in their popular art. Its richness and variety are instantly presented, the present and the past merge and blend in the visitor's experiences.

The tourist or scholar traveler promises himself to return, aware of how much he still has to see.




Colonial art and historical monuments

Museums

Without a doubt, history is part of our lives, and museums are becoming especially important for today's generation; since they allow us to know the artistic and cultural production of the human being through the centuries, as well as the scientific knowledge achieved since ancient times.

This route has a special mention since here, like the historical monuments, there is a great diversity of cultural spaces for this purpose; Depending on its type, we will find archaeological, art, ethnographic and textile museums, which allow the visitor to enter a highly cultural route; Here we mention some of them.



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 signs of the rise of gastronomy glow everywhere: the declaration of traditional Mexican cuisine as a World Heritage Site, among other things, was a great trigger for many places on planet Earth to try to obtain similar recognition. Furthermore, it is well known that many communities have engaged in important processes of action and reflection; Others have unleashed powerful international promotion campaigns on the basis that there is no country, region, group or social organization that is not proud of its own culinary culture.

Among the regional cuisines of the Mexican territory - all united by the common trunk of the ancestral products of the milpa: corn, beans and chili - the cuisine of Chiapas stands out for its exceptional merits, showing a fabulous mosaic of the diversity of its geography and the products that grow there, added to the wisdom of those who, over time, have managed to transform them into works of art.

Gastronomic activity is a dynamic and inspiring evolutionary process, as it is the very interaction between biodiversity and the creativity of those who participate in the culinary act. In Chiapas, this phenomenon is remarkable and verifiable for those who have had the opportunity to visit its territory. Inch by inch, when you get to know the different regions, you see that the palate's capacity for astonishment knows no limits.



Chiapas Romantic

This route offers places full of magic and mysticism that, together with the ancestral customs of our people, still preserve for the delight and amazement of visitors. Here, the perfect event can be framed by the greenery of the jungle, or else live a unique experience of a Mayan ceremony between candlelight and the smell of incense; This wonderful route has a spark that surrounds the visitor with the joy of its people and fills the eyes with color, when walking through its picturesque streets of its magical towns. Just let yourself be captivated by Chiapas.

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