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Indigenous festival in Chamula, Chiapas

San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico

Experience hosted by Rudy & Monika

6 hours
Includes food, tickets
Up to 4 people
Hosted in Spanish, English

What you'll do

We will travel to SAN JUAN CHAMULA, indigenous village near San Cristobal de Las Casas, to witness nad participate in a traditional celebration of CARNIVAL on the 12-16th of February.
Before going to the carnival, we will drive to ZINACANTAN, where we will visit a local family. We will learn about textiles they produce and will try to make hand-made tortilla which will accompany our breakfast.
Transport is provided and included in the price as well as pick up from your accommodation, center zone.

Chiapas is a state rich in indigenous culture, traditions, customs that are expressed through colorful parades and ancestral dances. Each town has its own dress and masks.
The experience is more than visual: it becomes unforgettable thanks to the explanations about the roots of the customs and the legends that you will hear. Thanks to that, you will see it from another perspective. It's not just a parade or a mask: there's a lot of history and faith behind it!

The experience is available only during traditional festivities,on limited dates in different towns of Chiapas. In San Juan Chmaula:
February / March - Carnival
June - Celebrations of San Juan, st patron of Chamula
November - Day of the Dead
Other things to note
Iguana Hostel is located in Plaza del Cerrillo, 2 blocks from Santo Domingo and 1 block from the public market
We will travel to SAN JUAN CHAMULA, indigenous village near San Cristobal de Las Casas, to witness nad participate in a traditional celebration of CARNIVAL on the 12-16th of February.
Before going to the carnival, we will drive to ZINACANTAN, where we will visit a local family. We will learn about textiles they produce and will try to make hand-made tortilla which will accompany our breakfast.
Transport is provided and included in the…

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What's included

  • Food
  • Tickets
    Entrance to the church
From $53
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Rudy & Monika

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 4 Reviews
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I grew up with the traditions and legends of indigenous and mestizo peoples of Chiapas, where I come from. I learned them from my grandparents, parents and later, during my university career, I delved into diferent historical and social aspects. I also lived a historical moment in my town, witnessing the armed revolution of the EZLN (Zapatistas).
My passion for traditions and legends continues to be more and more alive and I enjoy sharing it with visitors from Chiapas. I have shared it for 10 years, receiving very positive comments.
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Where you'll be

We will visit 2 indigenous villages of tzotzil language in the mountains of Chiapas, 30 minutes from San Cristobal: Zincantan and San Juan Chamula. The main atraction 12-16th of February is carnival in Chamula.
Chamula is a live culture of mayan descendants and it is visited mainy for its church, where ancestrals rituals are still being practiced. Each celebration is an opportunity for a unique experience.
Catalina
February 2020
Absolutely incredible and a must do! Rudy's knowledge of the region, indigenous cultures and local festivities is vast! Great views from the cemetery on the mountains, learning to make tortillas, learning about the local textiles making, visiting the churches, enjoying the carnival festivities with some local drinks and food, getting to know the local people and learning about their culture and traditions... all of this would not have been possible without Rudy! He is knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, really friendly and well liked by the local communities that we visited. I highly recommend this experience!
Absolutely incredible and a must do! Rudy's knowledge of the region, indigenous cultures and local festivities is vast! Great views from the cemetery on the mountains, learning t…
Jacqueline
February 2020
This was a special experience and we felt lucky to be there at Carnival time to see all the authentic local activity. Marco was very knowledgeable and was easy to be with, he was subtle in explaining the appropriate etiquette in the indigenous communities and did not hurry us, but neither did we linger too long at any of the stops. Although it was clearly a well-structured and much repeated tour it did not feel timed or formulaic.
This was a special experience and we felt lucky to be there at Carnival time to see all the authentic local activity. Marco was very knowledgeable and was easy to be with, he was…
Michelle
February 2020
Rudy took us on a very special trip to Chamula and surrounding villages during the time of Mayan Carnival. We were able to see (and participate in) a very unique ceremony (local men in costume dancing and chanting and being in community). In addition we visited the church in Chamula, which was an incredible experience. Of note, we traveled w/our two kids (ages 10 and 5). Rudy was great with them, taking the time to speak directly to them, answer questions, and encourage thoughtful discussion. My kids were very moved by the experience and we were all honored to have witnessed what we saw. Overall, we were very happy with the service Rudy provided and would recommend him highly.
Rudy took us on a very special trip to Chamula and surrounding villages during the time of Mayan Carnival. We were able to see (and participate in) a very unique ceremony (local me…
Allen
February 2020
A great tour with historical and cultural information and an opportunity to meet and support a local family and weaving co-op.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

facemask, water, sun screen, comfortable wearing,