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San Juan Chamula

Chiapas, Mexico
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Ranked #18 of 259 attractions in Pacific Coast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This Del Pueblo Temple embodies a blend of prehistoric, Mayan and Catholic traditions and influences
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Hong Kong, China
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224 reviews 224 reviews
66 attraction reviews
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We took the local bus from San Cristobal and were dropped next to the main square and church. As it was a weekday it was relatively quiet. There was an entrance fee to enter the church which is very pretty and traditional on the outside and then we entered into a different world. No pews, no preacher, floor covered in... More

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Guanajuato, Mexico
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

After 3 months in Mexico today we visited San Juan Chamula with Cesar from Alex and Raul Tours. This is not a tourist attraction, this is real life in this village of Mayan descendants. This is a very unique village and I don't want to spoil it by detailing it, just go! Our experience and understanding of the culture and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Despite the rest of the reviews recommending a tour, you really don't need one unless you have a special interest in what's going on in the church. Even then, there are guides outside offering to give you a run down once you get there. We caught a colectivo from the street near Santa Domingo markets in the morning, just wander... More

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Spokane, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We took a tour with a guide, which I would advise. Our guide had some interesting little stories, as well as making sure that no one took pictures. Unfortunately, the locals can become quite upset at any picture taking. They are mostly Tzotzil indians, a branch of the Maya. The church of San Juan is not like any church I... More

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England
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is interesting to see this town inhabited by some of the indigenous people of Mexico, but to understand it, it is worth going with a good guide. On our own, much of what we saw would not have had any significance. Seeing the church is interesting, but understanding the place of Roman Catholicism in relation to the local beliefs... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is a fascinating half-day tour from San Cristobal. No advance booking is necessary, you simply go down to the large cross in front of the Cathedral around 9:30 am and Cesar who conducts the tours will be there. He charges 200 pesos per person and it is well worth it. Cesar has considerable knowledge of the history and customs... More

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Vancouver
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We spent a week at San Cristobal de Las Casas and wandered around the nearby communities a bit. Chamula was one of these tiny places and its main church in the town plaza was the crown jewel of our experience. There are no pews in this church. We knew taking pictures would lead us to jail or a good pounding... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We visited san juan chamula and zinacantan with Caesar from Alex y Raul tours. Excellent experience. For 200 pesos per person, we got basically a private tour of these two towns (there was one other person in our group). Caesar had some great insights into how things work in these unique places. He was very passionate about protecting their culture,... More

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San Miguel de Allende
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Photography of elders and the church is prohibited and offenders ARE jailed, so be aware! We were there during a big fiesta. The sights, sounds, smell of Copal incense, a thousand candles (surely) on the floor and tables in the church. Flowers, live chicken offerings. OMG, it was an incredible experience. this is a chance to see indigenous Indian practices... More

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

You can easily catch up with locals in the bar in san cristobal de las casas or ask some agency to give u contact for the horse ride to San Juan Chamula. You will pass through amazing wood (seeing incredible blue birds) by nice streams etc. Village itself was definetly strange experiance itself. Funny thing is they call themselves catholics... More

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