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San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan – Tour Indigenous Towns

Close to Tuxtla and San Cristobal, tour the towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Learn about the influence of indigenous culture as you visit churches.

USD $41.00USD $54.00

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Explore the Towns of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan

On this San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan Tour, discover two indigenous communities and learn about their traditions and culture. As you visit the churches of the two towns, you’ll hear about how Mayan culture has influenced the myths, religion, and beliefs of the region. Also, observe local methods for making textiles with waist looms. Join us for a fun time getting to know local culture in Chiapas!


  • Learn about regional traditions as you visit several churches
  • Enjoy a traditional meal with a local family
  • Witness how Mayan and Western customs have mixed at the Church of San Lorenzo
  • See the famous waist looms of the Zinacantán Community

Tour Information

Duration: Half Day (Tuxtla 8:00 am-15:00 pm, San Cristobal 9:30 am-13:00 pm)
Start and end location: Tuxtla or San Cristobal
Availability: Year-round


First, you will enjoy a guided tour of the San Juan Chamula Church and Market, learning about regional customs. Then, you’ll get to go inside the Churches of San Juan Bautista. Admire the altar arrangements and see how saints are dressed according to indigenous traditions. After that, you will have time to walk around and buy regional handicrafts and souvenirs.

Later on, you will go to the Zinacantán Community. This place is famous for its waist loom, which you will get to see. There, you will join a local family to eat a traditional light lunch of frijolitos (beans), organic coffee, handmade tortillas, and a typical regional drink.

Next, witness the religious merging of the Catholic Church and Mayan customs in the Church of San Lorenzo. Finally, you will visit the Samuel Taktik Museum in San Cristobal.

What’s Included

  • Round-trip ground transportation
  • Tickets to all the mentioned sites
  • Traditional light lunch
  • Guide
  • Travel insurance

What to Bring

  • Extra money for crafts, souvenirs, and additional meals

Important Notes

  • This tour has a minimum of 2 travelers. If you have fewer than 2, contact us at and we will try to find a group for you.
  • You may not take pictures inside the churches.


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