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Experience hosted by Rudy & Monika

6 hoursHosted in Spanish and English
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Up to 4 people
Includes tickets

What you'll do

On this day, we will start with visit to SAN JUAN CHAMULA, its magical and unique church and the visit to the cementery, where I will give you explanations about the fusion of ancestral and catholic religion and tradition of Day of Dead.
Then, we will move to Zinacantan, for the CELEBRATIONS OF SAN SEBASTIAN, one of the main patron saints of Zinacantan.

The population of Zinacantan pays tribute to San Sebastián Mártir with candles, incense, sedge and precious branches of its traditional floriculture. The possibly most unique and diverse part of the celebrations is the JAGUAR TREE ritual.

The purpose of this ritual, represented by Zinacanteco men, is to bring the good luck to start the new year of agriculture. The men, dressed in jaguars, climb the tree, while others, dressed in monkeys, throw dead squirrels at them (yeah ... that sounds weird ...). Jaguars try to catch squirrels and put them into the cages they have on their backs.

The experience is more than visual: it becomes unforgettable thanks to my explanations about the roots of customs and 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 is a lot of history and faith behind it!
In addition, we will visit a local family, where you will try to make hand-made tortilla, which will make a part of our BREAKFAST.
On this day, we will start with visit to SAN JUAN CHAMULA, its magical and unique church and the visit to the cementery, where I will give you explanations about the fusion of ancestral and catholic religion and tradition of Day of Dead.
Then, we will move to Zinacantan, for the CELEBRATIONS OF SAN SEBASTIAN, one of the main patron saints of Zinacantan.

The population of Zinacantan pays tribute to San Sebastián Mártir with candle…

What's included

  • Tickets
    entrance to the church

Meet your host, Rudy & Monika

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 2 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

Zinacantan is one of the indigenous villages in the mountains of Chiapas, 30 minutes from San Cristobal. Its inhabitants are mainly engaged in the elaboration of textiles, embroidery and flower cultivation. In all traditional village festivals, its inhabitants wear their traditional clothes. It is a show of colors and designs, just as the church is abundantly decorated with flowers and saints.

2 reviews

Martie
January 2020
Rudy and his assistant Nino were very cordial and friendly and genuinely passionate about their subject matter. Their stories were very interesting and their knowledge was extensive. They went over and above giving us their personal attention on every aspect of the tour always considering the respect of the Zinacantan people. At the end we went to a chocolate cafe and had divine Mexican pastries to complete a divine day!
Rudy and his assistant Nino were very cordial and friendly and genuinely passionate about their subject matter. Their stories were very interesting and their knowledge was extensiv…
Stephen
January 2020
This was an incredible experience. In fact, it was one of the top Airbnb experiences I’ve ever had. Rudi is an incredible guide and we did things on this trip I would not have been able to do on my own. We even ate handmade tortillas with a family! Not to mention the wonderful cultural experience — both catholic and indigenous — in the village. A great day hosted by an excellent guide. Gracias a Rudi. 5 stars!
This was an incredible experience. In fact, it was one of the top Airbnb experiences I’ve ever had. Rudi is an incredible guide and we did things on this trip I would not have been…

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 16 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

water, sun screen, comfortable wearing, money for the transport and food