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San Cristóbal
de Las Casas

San Cristóbal de Las Casas (the Highlands) sits in a gorgeous highland valley at 7300 feet in elevation, surrounded by pine and oak forests. The cobbled streets and markets are easy to explore. Circled by traditional Tzotzil and Tzeltal villages, San Cristóbal is at the heart of one of the most deeply rooted indigenous areas in Mexico.

The indigenous villages of San Juan Chamala and Zinacantán can be easily explored in 1 day. And the reserves of Huitepec and Moxviquil invite us to observe such species as the mountain trogon, pink-headed warbler, cinnamon bellied flower-piercer, blue-throated motmot, spot-crowned woodcreeper, scaled antpitta, band-backed wren, and many others.


Located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Otisa is one of the largest tour operators in the Maya world, with more than 20 years of experience.


El Parador San Juan de Dios – formerly the Rancho Harvard, dating from the 17th century, has lodged many anthropologists and archaeologists. Beautiful gardens, giant trees, and vast lawns comprise an environment fantastic for birding while you rest.

Casa Morada – Casa Morada is centrally located in an historical neighborhood of San Cristobal. It offers many luxuries such as kitchenettes, fireplace, sitting area, restaurant and gardens.