From Cancún you will fly to the airport of Villahermosa, in the state of Tabasco. We will ensure a flight in the morning, so you can fully enjoy the day to the fullest.
From Villahermosa you will travel straight to the waterfalls of Roberto Barrios. They are less known than the waterfalls of Agua Azul, but they are most definitely worth visiting, because the place is still unspoiled nature and has not been tainted by mass tourism yet. The fact that the waterfalls are in the middle of the jungle, add to the popularity of the place. Channel your inner Tarzan and Jane and discover this magnificent place, where time is moving faster than expected because you are exploring the whole time.
After this refreshing activity, you will be heading to Palenque, which is about an hour driving. In Palenque you can enjoy the local atmosphere and/or visit a local place with live music.
Today you will for the jungle, close to the border of Guatemala, called Selva Lacandona.
On the way, you can enjoy a nice breakfast, because today it will a full and busy day. After breakfast, you will head towards the ruins of Yaxchilan. These ruins are only accessible by boat, as they are deep in the jungle. A boat ride of 20 minutes will take you to the entrance of the archaeological site. Together with a certified guide, you will visit the site. You should imagine with vegetation covered temples, entrances and mazes inside the temple full of bats… It is truly a fantastic site to discover, especially given the fact that it is so deep in the jungle.
After that, you will able to enjoy lunch (you will be hungry by then), before you head for the next place.
That next place is called Bonampak. This place is renowned for its mural paintings. They remained intact because they are protected from direct sunlight. You can also the temple from where you have an amazing view of the whole site and take in the beauty of it.
After these discoveries, you continue further in to the jungle to stay the night in a cabaña with a still existing community of Maya Lacandona. Just to inform, there is NO Internet. An ideal opportunity to reflect about your travels and isolate yourself for a day from the outside world, and get to know new people.
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Selva Lacandona – Palenque 1n in Palenque
Ready to go and explore the jungle?
With a local guide of the Maya Lacandona community, you will go on a 5h trekking in the jungle, after a nice breakfast off course. During the trekking, the guide explains how the Maya community still uses plants for its medicinal use, which fruits are eatable, and which fruits are toxic, etc. You will get a more detailed explanation about the holy ceiba tree that represents the complete cycle of life for the Maya people. When walking in the jungle you might catch a glimpse of the local fauna you can find here.
Another stop on the trekking is a hidden Maya temple, where the local guide will explain more about the history etc. You would have to know the temple is there, because it is almost entirely overgrown with vegetation.
The ultimate end of the trekking is a waterfall where you will have about an hour to enjoy the water to relax after the trekking. For the adrenaline junky, there is a jump point of about 5 to 6 meter, or you can also go and take a look in a cave close by where you will find some bats still.
After the lunch, served at the cabañas, you will be picked up to return to Palenque.
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Palenque – Misol-Ha – Agua Azul – San Cristóbal 1n San Cristóbal
You will leave early in the morning to discover the ruins of Palenque. It is one of the most impressive archaeological sites. Not just because you can still access every temple and climb them, but especially because these ruins are in the middle of the jungle. If you get lucky, you will get to spot some monkeys and other species that are common in this region. It truly is a marvellous archaeological site, that you simply can not miss!
After this fascinating discovery, you will continue to visit the waterfalls of Misol-Ha and Agua Azul. First of all, we will the Misol-Ha waterfalls, a 35 meter waterfall that breaks down in 3 main streams before dropping down to the natural pool. After that, we will discover some more waterfalls of Chiapas, those of Agua Azul. You will notice a bit more people here, but it is a stop really not to skip, just because of the sheer size of the waterfalls. Granted, you will see some similarities to the waterfalls of Roberto Barrios. At some places, you will see some locals that will want to guide you through the waterfalls to allow to explore the waterfalls in a more adventurous way.
After all that water, it is time to embark on our long trip to San Cristóbal de las Casas.Hotel: type room
San Cristóbal – San Juan Chamula – Zinacantan – San Cristóbal 1n San Cristóbal
Today will be very interesting. You won’t have to travel far away, and it will be packed with culture.
We will be visiting the indigenous villages ofSan Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. 2 villages where the people are still living according to the traditions of the Maya Tsotsil tribes. They still speak Maya Tsotsil here, next to Spanish off course. In San Juan Chamula we will visit the local church. Don’t be afraid, it will not be boring one bit, as the church shows an incredible mix between catholic reverence of saints with traditional indigenous rituals being performed in the church. Very interesting to see how the 2 different things are mixed. After that, you will visitZinacantan, where you will visit a women’s association. Here you can see the traditional way the use to make clothes . Get to know the local and traditional kitchen, and prepare yourself a delicious taco, as if you were part of the community.
After this experience, you will head back toSan Cristóbal, where you can have some lunch. We recommend to take the free walking city tour that leaves every day at 5pm from the Plaza de la Paz (find the orange umbrellas). There is always a tour in Spanish and in English, and the tour takes about 3h. Ideal to get to know the beautiful San Cristóbal a little bit better, along with its history.
Afterwards, you can relax and enjoy everything that San Cristóbal has to offer, such as nice restaurants, bars with live music or even clubs for the party animals amongst you.
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San Cristóbal – El Chiflón – Lagos de Montebello – San Cristóbal 1n San Cristóbal
Today we hit the road again in order to discover 2 natural treasures that Chiapas offers..
From San Cristóbal you will be visiting El Chiflón first. A powerful waterfall, where you have to make a bit of a hike to reach the main and most impressive waterfall. There are 2 sides which you can walk to visit the waterfall, but the left side offers the best views on the totality of the waterfall. Notice on the way up the crystal clear blue water. If you don’t want to walk down again, you can take the death ride to get down faster. Do not forget to bring mosquito repellent.
After this, we make our way towards Lagos de Montebello. With the different lakes, it is a popular place to visit, both for foreigner as for locals. You can do some activities there, such as hiking, swimming or taking a raft on the lake. You will appreciate the views and blue waters of the lakes even if it is a less sunny day at that moment.
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San Cristóbal – Cañon del Sumidero – Chiapa de Corzo – Tuxtla – Cancún
Today is already your final day of the Chiapas extended package.
You will be picked up to get to the Cañon del Sumidero. A very large canyon that you will visiting for about 2h on a boat ride. On the way, you can spot some monkeys, crocodiles and variety of birds. At the end of way, you will visit the Chicoasén-dam, where 20% of the whole Central Americas is getting their energy from. Needless to say that the view is spectacular.
After the boat tour, you will head to Chiapa de Corzo to enjoy some viewpoints which will allow you to enjoy the canyon from a different angle. At a certain point, you will be standing 1km above the ground below, where you can see the canyon taking its turn. Impressive sight to take in.
After visiting these viewpoints, you will be taken to Tuxtla airport, where you will have your flight back to Cancún.