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Visit Indigenous Villages – San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan
The Chamulans are a dedicated independent Tzotzil group. The main town, San Juan Chamula, is located 10km northwest of San Cristóbal, and is the center for some unique religious practices. This town is a very unique and interesting place to visit, but do respect local sensibilities.
Chamulan men wear loose homespun gowns made of white wool (sometimes, when the weather gets cold, thicker black wool), while “cargo-holders” – those with important religious and ceremonial duties – wear a sleeveless black gown and a white scarf on their head. Chamulan women wear fairly plain white or blue blouses and/or shawls and woolen skirts.
Sunday is the weekly market, when people from the hills stream into the village to shop, trade and visit the main church. A corresponding number of tourist buses also stream in, so you might prefer to come another day (though due to local superstitions, there are fewer worshippers on Wednesdays).
The neat little town of San Lorenzo Zinacantán, about 11km northwest of San Cristóbal, is the main town of the Zinacantán municipality (population 36,000). Zinacantán people, like the Chamulans, are Tzotzil. The men wear distinctive pink gowns embroidered with flowery motifs and may wear flat, round, ribboned palm hats. Women wear pink or purple shawls over richly embroidered blouses.
The people of Zinacantán are known to grow flowers, with a particular passion for the geranium, which – along with pine branches – is offered in rituals for a wide range of benefits.
Your friendly driver will meet you at 9:30am at your San Cristobal lodging from where we start heading towards the indigenous community of San Lorenzo Zinacantán. Take your time to explore this unique town, taking photos while trying on typical wedding gowns, browsing through the authentic handicrafts offered by local vendors, or sipping on locally distilled brandy.
Our next stop will be the town to San Juan Chamula, where we visit the beautiful church and where we can observe the town locals in their traditional gowns performing religious rituals inside of the temple (please note that inside of the temple we are not allowed to take photos).
Stroll through the streets and immerse yourself in the Tzotzil culture. Sample local cuisine, drink home made fruit beverages, admire the way of life of the Chamulans and make unforgettable memories.
Our tour returns to San Cristóbal by 2:00pm.
- Price - $29 per person
- Small Group tour
- Duration - 4.5 hours
- Start time - 09:30am - 2:00pm
- Roundtrip Car transportation
- Exploration of San Juan Chamula & Zinacantan
- Return to hotel between by 2:00pm
- Air-conditioned transportation (door to door service)
- All entrance fees
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Food & Drinks
- Extra activities
WHAT TO BRING
- Comfortable and adequate clothing to protect yourself from the sun and thus avoid the use of sunscreen. Creams (even biodegradable ones) are polluting and for that reason we do not promote their use
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun glasses
- Cap or hat
- Insect Repellent
- A reusable bottle to fill with water during the day
- Cash for tips and souvenirs
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