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San Juan Chamula
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Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour
Ranked #51 of 396 things to do in Pacific Coast
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Owner description: This Del Pueblo Temple embodies a blend of prehistoric, Mayan and Catholic traditions and influences
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“Alex y Raul tours”
Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

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, which is very different from the western way of life. Without a good guide, you'd never be able to learn as much about these places. If you're in san cristobal, this is a great day trip. Highly recommended.

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“Incredible experience”
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 melded with Catholicism in a very unique way. Just a day trip from San Cristobal. Go on a Sunday, or feast day for maximum impact.

Visited October 2013
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“dont miss to go there by horse!”
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 but they are practising their own pagan tradition sacrifying chicken in the church, or u can see shamans getting seriously drink inside within the ceremony. Due to their belief that taking a photo takes their soul u cant take it (allthough IMHO its just a tourist trick since they are selling postcards with their photos but let them be). Honestly we have enjoyed more travel by horses to the village than village itself, its very small and people especialy during crazy ceremony running on horses from one cross to another are not friendly and want u to get away. Food is quite delicious and some nice drinks as well (on the street market) . Just be careful not interupting their ceremonies and then have a pleasent stay.

Visited May 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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“Worth visiting when you have time in san cristobal”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

This is a typical half day trip when you are in San Cristobal. Yo can perfectly do it on your own ( collectivos are frequent, safe and cost 12 pesos one way for half an hour). The church is unique and the market on Sunday cool ( but you jave one in San Cristobal too)' Dont go n Wed,esday as the church will be empty. There is also a graveyard and the typical clothing of the people there. But an hour is more than enough in my opinion, the town is not that incredible...

Still, due to the special church and the fact that it is very easy to travel too, you should give it a try. Lots of tourists there, so bars, souvenirs and restaurants enough...

Visited May 2013
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“Don't miss it!”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

A wonderful experience of sights and sounds. To see the people and their traditions that do not die is something you rarely see. Visit the church, don't take photos, be gracious and visit the market. Try to see if any of the elders are in the municipal building taking business. It is such a rich experience that you will never forget, and I dare say, increasingly alone in it's authenticity.

Visited April 2013
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