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Old 06-08-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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Chiapas advice?

I will spending a week this summer in Chiapas, based in San Cristobal de las Casas. I won't be on a bike, as I am traveling with my family of 4, but I will have a rental car. I am looking for advice on things that you think are "must sees" (or eat, drink, etc.) in the city or the region. I can try to read about this in some travel guide, but I'd rather trust the input inmates might have. Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:42 PM   #2
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I worked for Habitat for Humanity in SCde Las Casas, there is so much to see in Chiapas a week will only scratch the surface. Walking in SC is excellent with lots of Church's and markets with nice blankets on display. Take a day trip out to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Palenque of course! Bonampak has ruins under cover that still have the original colored paintings. If you can find time to drive the Carretera Fronteriza go to Frontera Corozal and stay over night at the cabins on the north side of the road near the river, then take a early morning luancha to the ruins of Yaxchilan. If you leave around 6.30 am you will be the first on the river to the ruins before any tours and be able to walk the whole site before an other person arrives. It costs about $30.00 for the trip up the Rio Usumacinta to Yaxchilan.
The waterfalls El Chiflon are great also and if you have children along they might like to ride the zip line down from the top of the falls.
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:00 PM   #3
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The tapas bar is really good. Not too authentic considering that it's Spanish but its a nice place to relax.

If you're looking for something cultural, visit a Zapatista community.

If you're looking for something Natural visit Aguas Azules.

If you want to people watch, just sit in the Zocalo and you WILL see some characters!

And like Cal said, Peleque!
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Thanks for the excellent suggestions, Cal! I wish we had more than a week to explore Chiapas, but it is all the time we could take off. My daughter will be living there for several months and working on an archaeology project on some Mayan ruins, so we are dropping in to visit. I know other parts of Mexico pretty well, but have never been to Chiapas. Any local food/drink that should not be missed?
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:42 PM   #5
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Aqua Azul

The water falls are a must see. Try to hike up river past the falls.
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:55 PM   #6
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I know other parts of Mexico pretty well, but have never been to Chiapas
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Once you visit Chiapas I guarantee you will return
In SC visit Na Bolom it is or was a meeting place for Lancandon people. Ask if they are having any dinners there? I was lucky and had a sit down dinner with different archaeologist's and some Lancandon people, 1 Lancandon was an albino and I saw him on a TV special a year later.
I mostly eat at street stalls.
Oh ya next time you go stay in Comitan it is mellow and not many tourists.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. It all sounds great! We are staying in SC (and not Comitan, etc.) because that is where my daughter will be based and the visit is (at least in large part) to see her as much as we can and let her show us her "discoveries".
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Take a day trip out to San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan. Palenque of course! Bonampak has ruins under cover that still have the original colored paintings. If you can find time to drive the Carretera Fronteriza go to Frontera Corozal and stay over night at the cabins on the north side of the road near the river, then take a early morning luancha to the ruins of Yaxchilan. If you leave around 6.30 am you will be the first on the river to the ruins before any tours and be able to walk the whole site before an other person arrives. It costs about $30.00 for the trip up the Rio Usumacinta to Yaxchilan.
The waterfalls El Chiflon are great also and if you have children along they might like to ride the zip line down from the top of the falls.
Pay close attention to this advice, most people have to pay $$$ to get this from a guide
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Pay close attention to this advice, most people have to pay $$$ to get this from a guide
or they have to be on an ADVrider forum!
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Palenque
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Old 06-11-2015, 08:42 PM   #12
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Yes, Chiapas is cool. If you head toward Palenque, Agua Azul is on the way. Spending the night in Palenque and spending more time on the way back at Agua Azul could be one way to see things. They are both worth a day by themselves. Google them and be in awe. And the moto ride from Palenque to the Casas was pretty dang fun too.
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If one rides Chiapas and doesn't go to the coffee fincas on the border with Guatemala - you've missed the point of Chiapas. PM me for routing details.
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