and Craft Tour
On this cultural tour we will visit the famous ruins of Toniná in Ocosingo, San Cristóbal de Las Casas and surroundings (the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantá, the Moxviquil preserve, the Temple and ex-Convent of Santo Domingo, the handicraft market, the Sergio Castro Museum), Amatenango, the Evergreen Ranch, Cañon del Sumidero and the magical town of Chiapa de Corzo.
7 Days Itinerary:
We will visit Toniná, which comprises one of the Maya world’s most important temple complexes. It is located about 10 kilometers east of the city of Ocosingo.
we will visit the Temple and ex-Convent of Santo Domingo, a baroque style church, the Textile Museum, the huge craft market of Santo Domingo during the day, and the Sergio Castro Museum in the evening. We will lunch in an authentic Mayan restaurant across from the craft market and will have dinner at the Tierra Adentro, which is decorated with Zapatista materials.
we will leave with our Mayan expert for the indigenous villages of San Juan Chamula as well as Zinacantán. You will have the opportunity to visit a local family and sample their home-made tortillas as well as to watch the women weaving their textiles which they sell there. Moreover, in the afternoon we will have an appointment with a genuine Shaman.
we will visit the Orquídeas Moxviquil Botanical Gardens. Be sure to bring your binoculars if you have them because there are many beautiful hummingbirds here and of course other endemic and migratory bird species. In the afternoon, we will visit the Medicina Maya Museum, they have a Maya Pharmacy attached.
we will drive to Amatenango where we will visit the family which won a prize as the best pottery artist in Mexico. Afterwards, we will travel to the Rancho Evergreen. This is an ecological resort and equestrian guest ranch hidden in a gorgeous valley surrounded by pine and oak forests. There is an unusual mixture of highland and lowland birds here and there will also be bird guides with us.
In the morning we will drive to the Sumidero Canyon and will have lunch in Chiapa de Corzo, which is considered one of the magical pueblos. Here we will also watch some excellent wood carvers at work.
You will spend your last day in Sancris where you will have the chance to visit impacto café, a local NGO that works with small coffee producers. The organization offers open cupping sessions for anyone interested in learning more about the quality of coffee and tasting different coffee varieties from all over Chiapas. The initiative is led by young professionals and a certified Q Grader.