I recently spent a week in the Chiapas area with a native Mexican friend. I had hired a guide in the San Cristobal area to take us to some of the outlying villages. My friend was insistent that we didn't need a guide because he was of course from Mexico and could get around just fine. Well, I'm glad I didn't listen to him and so was he!! Our guide was fantastic! Our trip would not have been the same without her. We were able to experience the culture and learn so much more with her than on our own. If you are going to San Cristobal it is worth every penny to contact her. Her name is Meli Montoya--and you can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
She then was able to put us in contact with another superb guide in Palenque--Don Nicolaus---He was exceptional and again made our experience that much more rich and meaningful. My friend also agrees that it would not have been the same without the insight and knowledge of our two superb guides. Chiapas is beautiful and well worth the time to visit. I can't wait to get back there!