Chiapas is an enigmatic state, situated in the Southeast part of México, wrapped up in ancestral cultural patrimony, rich biodiversity and natural landscapes. Its name originates from Náhuatl, signifying “in/above water”.
To the rhythm of traditional marimba, Chiapas offers a lot of options regarding entertainment, gastronomy, culture and recreational activities. The massive Lacandona rain forest is one of the world’s most important ecological reserves, and, within this jungle, one can practice several activities such as trekking, camping, and ecotourism. Let yourself be captured by the magic of its archeological sites, its canyons and rivers, its majestic jungles and colonial cities and, finally, its Magic Towns preserving profound indigenous traditions. Wejoytrip recommends
Visit the beautiful Magic Town known as San Cristóbal de las Casas, a place that will fascinate you for its cultural, artistic and culinary expressions. The emblematic Santo Domingo de Guzmán temple can be found in this beautiful town; admire its lovely wood-carved pulpit, streaked in gold. In this picturesque town, you will be introduced to delicious traditional dishes, and incredible craftwork. To roam the craftsmanship markets is a must, giving special attention to the Santo Domingo plaza, candy stores, the crafts and arts shop of Chiapas, the Guadalupano skywalk, and of course, the Ámbar Museum. Make the most of your stay in San Cristóbal, where you will be able to visit the lovely Montebello lagoons. The Palenque is unmissable, a World Cultural Heritage. In this monumental and impressive Mayan city, you must wander through the Inscripciones Temple with its huge size and valuable significance. In it, you will find an amazing mausoleum, home to monolithic sarcophagus where the remnants of King Pakal remain. Inside this ancestral place, you will discover and appreciate archeological jewels that belong to Mayan culture, lovely sceneries and, above all, the traditions and customs of its people.
Stare in awe at the Sumidero Canyon, an impressive place with landscapes that will take your breath away. The canyon is one of nature’s most astounding sceneries; in it, one can find an ecotourism park that guarantees unforgettable moments. Traverse a small canyon-enclosed jungle; with just one trip by boat, these landscapes will become engraved in your mind forever. You must also explore the Conscience Trail and the Spring and Jungle Trail, sacred places that were venerated by Mayans.
Other unmissable places: Chiapa de Corzo, the breathtaking Agua Azul waterfalls, Comitán de Domínguez and the gorgeous Miramar lagoon.
Things to see and do
If you like adventure, you will be able to practice trekking, mountain biking, hiking, rappelling, and walks through the Chiapaneca jungle. You can also practice aquatic activities such as rafting, diving, swimming with dolphins and boat ride trips. You can purchase multicolored crafts, textiles, rugs and regional dresses (huipiles). Cultural offers are, among others, colonial constructions, museums, and impressive pre-Hispanic precincts such as Palenque, Yaxchilán and Bonampak.
Comitán de Domínguez, Chiapa de Corzo, San Crístobal de las Casas and Palenque.