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Cielo y Tierra Private Day Tours

Calle Cenzontle #1, San Cristobal de las Casas 29264, Mexico
967 120 9879
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Owner description: Cielo y Tierra Tours offers private guided day trips from San Cristobal de Las Casas through the beautiful Maya highlands of Chiapas, where you'll... more » Owner description: Cielo y Tierra Tours offers private guided day trips from San Cristobal de Las Casas through the beautiful Maya highlands of Chiapas, where you'll discover remote indigenous villages (with their colorful markets and fiestas), magnificent ancient Maya sites and stunning lakes and waterfalls. All tours are personally guided by Alex Aranda, a highly-experienced bilingual guide, and can be customized so you can incorporate what you really want to see and do. « less
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Neenah, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

All this reviews have described Alex so well…. since I am a photographer I will just do it with images. The first one is during our tour to Tenejapa. Only Alex can make this wonderful but reserved people smile and make us feel welcome at the same time. I guarantee you that going alone will not be the same rich... More

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Wheaton, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Alex's explanation of the Chamula's religious practices and views was simply fascinating. The church is Chamula is unlike anything you have ever seen. Understanding what was going on was essential to understanding, and appreciating, that things we see as primitive have a logic and expression that may rival our more "sophisticated" religions. We stopped at a friend of Alex in... More

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Gallup, New Mexico
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Our day spent with Alex, on Sunday market day to San Juan Chamula and two other villages, was the highlight of our two weeks in Mexico. As it happens there were baptisms going on that day in Chamula. One of the families invited him, (and us), to celebrate the occasion. The church activities were amazing...such an intact and vibrant culture!... More

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Berkeley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We spent 5 hours with Alex yesterday (Monday) -- we visited one village where the women make pottery -- and we made several stops during the day in order to pick up special items of food. We have explored villages on our own which has been great -- but it is a completely different experience with Alex. His knowledge of... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Alex is knowledgeable, although somewhat opinionated. But he readily admits that. I would not recommend trying to go to the Mayan communities around San Cristobal de las Casas without a guide, and Alex is an expert guide. He says he is tolerated, but a better word would be accepted. People everywhere greet him, and he is widely known. A visit... More

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

I've been in Mexico for 3 months, and this tour has been my favourite thing. Usually weary of the necessity of guides, Alex was worth every peso. His knowledge and relations with both pueblos create an incredible experience. You learn so much about every aspect of both towns: religion, geography, society, traditions and more. Both towns are seemingly plain and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The most wonderful day! Alex is a wonderful and passionate guide who had very extensive knowledge of the people and the region. Just a beautiful experience. Very easy to organise too. Thank you!

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Harpswell, Maine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Typically I'm not a "tours" type of person, preferring to do things on my own. However, based on my previous understanding of the Chiapas highlands (this was my second trip to the area) and Alex's outstanding reviews, I really felt that making plans with him would be the best way to visit a few of the towns surrounding San Cristobal.... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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67 reviews 67 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I made arrangements for two private day trips through Cielo y Tierra Tours based on other Trip Advisor reviews and I could not be happier about my decision. I was thrilled that I was able to add a third tour after I was in San Cristobal. I had visited Chiapas previously, but I wanted to use a guide this time... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We spent two days with Alex visiting some villages and markets near San Cristobal. We went for long countryside walks as he enlightened us about the history and customs-traditional and contemporary- of the people who live in the areas we visited. These days were a highlight of our trip to Chiapas. Everywhere we went, he had a positive rapport with... More

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