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The Ultimate 7 Day Chiapas Road Trip | Best Off-the-Beaten Path Mexico Road Trip

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The best way to experience incredible Chiapas, Mexico is to take an epic road trip. The entire Mexican state still feels untouched, almost a little rugged, maybe intrepid. A Chiapas road trip feels nothing short of some sort of marvelous Indiana Jones Expedition.

Around every corner there are stunning waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and even a remote cenote to take a dip in. Find Mayan ruins scattered in the jungle, many of the temples are being reclaimed by the lush overgrowth of nature. Get a glimpse into the past while listening to howler monkeys screech in the backdrop and birds singing in the trees. Watch fireflies dancing above the grass that bring in the night sky filled with stars. The land of Chiapas is magical and is still cared for by the Indigenous people who have called this region home since the time before the Mayan Empire.

If looking take an off-the-beaten-path Mexico road trip, look no farther than Chiapas state. Begin in the mountain magical city of San Cristobal de las Casas, because that’s where the allurement of Chiapas begins.

Here’s the ultimate one week Chiapas road trip itinerary that includes highlights of things to see, useful tips and tidbits, and suggestions on where to sleep along the route.

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Chiapas Best Places to Visit & Road Trip Highlights

This is a basic overview of the best Places to visit in Chiapas if you have only one week. If you have more time, which would be ideal, there are so many more itinerary suggestions you could add to this Chiapas Mexico road trip.

This ultimate off-the-beaten-path Chiapas road trip includes stops at the places below:

  • Begin the trip in the magical pueblo of San Cristobal de las Casas (San Cristóbal de las Casas)
  • Wander along the lovely hiking trails of Centro Ecoturistico Cascadas el Chiflón, which includes multiple tiered waterfalls.
  • Visit the Chucumaltik Cenote and camp there to watch the sunrise. Take a dip in the early morning with absolutely no people.
  • Explore the multiple lakes of Lagunas de Montebello National Park. There are hiking trails through the magical forests, to caves, or explore the tranquil beauty by renting a row boat.
  • Enjoy the incredible Las Nubes waterfall and take the scenic path through the jungle to appreciate the natural wonders of this area.
  • Take the drive along the border of Guatemala to Frontera Corozal and awake to the sound of howler monkeys singing in the jungle.
  • Hop on a small boat and enjoy the 40 minute ride on the Usumacinta River to reach the jungle Mayan Ruins of Archaeological Site of Yaxchilán.
  • If you want to experience more ruins, stop at the Bonampak Archaeological Site. Otherwise, swim in the Cascadas Las Golondrinas, another spot to appreciate the many Chiapas waterfalls.
  • Admire the grand Chiapas Mayan Ruins that are the epic Archaeological Site of Palenque.
  • Finally, stop-by the popular, yet contrasting Chiapas waterfalls of Misol-ha and Agua Azules. If you still want to chase more waterfalls, add a stop at Roberto Barrios right after Palenque.

How to Reach Chiapas Mexico

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San Cristobal de las Casas is a certified “Pueblo Magico,” or Magic town in Mexico

First off, where is Chiapas Mexico? Chiapas is the southern most state of Mexico, so it can be a long haul trip. However, the “isolation” of the state makes it less visited and more special.

Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas via Bus

Many travelers will depart from Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas. The bus company ADO offers a convenient night bus from Oaxaca to the capital city of Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez.

Oaxaca to San Cristobal de las Casas Bus Logistics | Bus Company: ADO | Catch the buses in Oaxaca here: 5 de Mayo 1016, Barrio de Jalatlaco | Average Online Ticket Price: $550 pesos ($27.75 USD) | Duration: 12 hours | Current departure times: 21:00, 22:30 | Purchase online tickets here

Travel Tip | The bus company ADO is probably the most popular long distant bus company in all of Mexico. Always purchase tickets online because they run “online ticket promotions” and the tickets are usually half the price of purchasing the tickets in person. ADO buses have bathrooms onboard, individual seat cell phone chargers, and free wi-fi at their terminals.

After a quick layover, the bus continues into San Cristobal de las Casas, or also referenced as, San Cris.

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Guatamala to Mexico Border Crossing

Another way to reach Chiapas is to cross the border from Guatemala. A popular border crossing is in the tiny village of Tziscao, close to the Lagunas de Montebello.

Chiapas Airport

The main airport in Chiapas is the Tuxtla Gutierrez IntInternational Airport. This airport is an hour and a half from San Cristobal de las Casas and a half hour from Tuxtla Gutiérrez. At this airport find all the major car rental companies like Hertz, Fox, and Ace.

Chiapas Travel Tips

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Colorful murals and political street art can be found all throughout San Cristobal de las Casas

Ready to start your Chiapas road trip! To make the most of a road trip through Chiapas, it’s best to arrive at attractions early in the morning right when they open, or a little before. Try to drive during the afternoons, when most tour groups from San Cristobal de las Casas are visiting the attractions. If you are staying overnight at main sites, like Laguna Montebello, visit in the late afternoon when the day trippers are heading back to San Cris. This makes a huge difference to see these special spots without the crowds.

Skip to | Best time to Visit Chiapas | Is Chiapas Safe? | Driving in Chiapas & Fuel | Food, Shops, and Restaurants | Chiapas Rebellion | Immigrant Crisis | Chiapas Police Presence & Check-Points

Chiapas can have a bad reputation of being unsafe since it is one of the poorest states in Mexico. In reality, it has one of the highest concentrations of Indigenous populations and many of these villages have begun to personally patrol their natural resources and cultural riches. More on this here.

Chiapas State is more “misunderstood” than anything. Hopefully these Chiapas travel tips will come in handy to help prepare for a Chiapas road trip and help alleviate any fears of embarking on one of the best road trips in Mexico.

Best Time to Visit Chiapas

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During the rainy season, the waterfalls in Chiapas are more brown and less vivid blue, but are less crowded | Cascada ala de Ángel in Chiflon

There is a distinct rainy and dry season in Chiapas. The rainy season begins in May and ends in October. During this time, the waterfalls may appear not as blue and are more brown and muddy from the rainfall. However, one highlight of this is there are less tourists during these months. Some of the hiking activities can be more of a challenge due to muddy paths or rivers being too high.

Chiapas dry season is from November to April. There is a better chance to see more wildlife during this time. Dry season also means colder nights.

San Cristobal de las Casas is usually a lot cooler due to its altitude of 7,200 feet (2,200 ft). Once you move away from the mountain it becomes hot and humid from the jungle. April and May are the warmest months in Chiapas.

Is Chiapas Safe?

Again, Chiapas state can be quick to call unsafe. In reality, to help ease the fear, take standard precautions, have an awareness of your surroundings, and keep up to date with current political situations. With the Chiapas rebellion happening, it’s best to know how to understand and speak a little more than basic Spanish. This will come in handy for road blocks that can occur and entrance fees into some of the communities and “payoffs” for road fees. There are many police check-points along the route and community blockades.

Because the stretches of road can be long and with multiple police check-points along the way, I recommend traveling with at least one other person. Being out on these desolate roads solo isn’t the best idea.

Driving in Chiapas & Fuel

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Taking a break from driving in National Park Lagunas de Montebello

Overall, driving in Chiapas feels quite safe. There are long stretches on the road where you may not see a car for hours. In the small villages along the route there are usually vendors selling pineapples, bananas, and of course a variety of different fuel types from plastic water bottles. You may notice that this fuel is cheaper than you’d find at a gas station and that’s because much of the gas is “stolen” from nearby states with petrol industries and resold by the local people.

The gas is fine to refill with, as you won’t find many large gas stations along the route, especially the stretch from Lagunas de Montebello to Frontera Corozal.

The roads are in fairly decent shapes throughout Chiapas state. Be mindful of the many speed bumps or in Spanish “Tope” along the route. There are signs for many of topes, but some are unmarked and come out of nowhere. Watch for large rogue rocks in the road that can fly up and crack the windshield (this happened to us). Car insurance will come in handy.

Food, Shops, and Restaurants

Do shop from the locals that are selling on the side of the road! They have beautiful local produce that you can literally watch being offloaded by the delivery trucks. The products are gorgeous, cheap, and helps support the local communities!

Don’t worry! Along the route there are plenty of tiendas to restock on food supplies and water. There is usually a local restaurant or two along the route, or someone selling quick eats from a food stall. Pack enough food and snacks for a day or two and replenish along the route. Many of the hotels, lodges, and eco-parks in the villages have an attached restaurant.

Chiapas Rebellion

Many of the small communities are taking back the Indigenous lands of their ancestors. This can be seen in many of the signs along the road. It is quite obvious that these small communities do not trust the police or government. Many of the signs blatantly say that police are not welcome into their communities. Forget the state laws in Mexico. These communities “make their own rules,” so it’s best to be respectful of their ways. Usually, it comes in the form of a small fee.

This rebellion has been happening for years, but it is most prevalent in the community that “guards” the Archaeological Site of Bonampak. The community, in a sense, has “highjacked” this site and certain fees and rules are in place to visit. The reason for so much outrage is that sacred items were taken from the site without permission from the community to distribute to museums. This obviously resulted in the community being upset and to not trust the government, hence the strong community “police force.”

As you travel throughout Chiapas, especially near Bonampak, you will notice other communities have “hopped on the bandwagon” are now charging small fees to enter into their lands. (I’ve included all these fees in each section).

The Chiapas rebellion is more directed towards the Mexican government and the police, but tourists, both foreign and national, should respect each communities rules and fees.

Immigrant Crisis

One thing you will notice while driving though Chiapas is the sad reality of the immigration crisis that is happening all throughout Latin America. There are many immigrants coming up through Guatemala and crossing into Chiapas as they make their way north.

The situation is disheartening and families are simply trying to make better lives for themselves. Many men, women, and children are walking along the road flagging down trucks to catch a ride north. We never encountered any problems or felt unsafe from the people migrating, rather out hearts truly went out for them.

Please be mindful and drive carefully

Chiapas Police Presence & Check-Points

One thing you will notice on this Chiapas road trip is the high police presence and check-points. Along the route there should be signs verifying that a check-point is coming up. Many times they will ask you to pull over and inspect the car and your personal belongings. Make sure you always ask and verify their official badge if they inspect your car.

The police told us they were mostly looking for drugs like Marijuana. Oftentimes, they will just confiscate the items without much worry, or maybe a small fee. It’s best to keep an eye on your high valuable belongings as the police search your vehicle. They will open your wallet, purse, and dig through your luggage.

Travel Tip | Many of these communities in Chiapas do not sell alcohol, as it goes against their community law. We had no problem traveling with alcohol, but it was also in a cabinet that was not opened. If you roll your own cigarettes, they are likely to confiscated. (I carried two pre-rolled floral cigarettes and the police questioned if they were marijuana, which makes me wonder who are these police anyways). Also, I had a sage stick that was sniffed and probed. (The joys of traveling like a hippie).

With all these check-points, I am also curious if they are checking and blocking immigrants that are moving north. However, I never personally witnessed them stop and search any trucks.

Now that you have a better understanding for the complexity of Chiapas, enjoy and fall in love with the beauty, the people, and the wonders of the rugged Chiapas State.

Day 1 Chiapas Road Trip | San Cristobal de las Casas

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One of the best things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas is to simply enjoy a colorful sunset

Chiapas Road Trip Logistics Day 1 | Explore San Cristobal de las Casas and pick up a rental car

The best place to start this Chiapas road trip is from the adorable city of San Cristobal de las Casas, or sometimes shortened to “San Cris.” While most people enjoy exploring the city, many of the major car rental companies are either at the Tuxtla Gutierrez International Airport or in the city of Tuxtla. From San Cristobal de las Casas to Tuxtla plan on an hour and a half drive.

Jump to | What to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas | What to See in San Cris | Where to Eat in San Cris | Where to Stay in San Cristobal de las Casas

Nationally Recognized Rental Companies in Tuxtla:
  • Enterprise
  • Excellent
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Alamo

If looking on renting a car in San Cristobal de las Casas, Optima Car Rental has the best reviews.

Reminder | the best way to reach San Cristobal de las Casas is the overnight ADO bus from Oaxaca, but you can exit in Tuxtla to pick up a rental car

What to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Honestly, San Cristobal de las Casas is an up and coming hip city and deserves at least three days to explore properly. It almost has a Cusco, Peru vibe, deep ties to Indigenous roots, high up in the mountain, hip neighborhoods, and to top it off bustling artisanal markets.

What to See in San Cristobal de las Casas

Here’s some of the best things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas:

  • Sip on coffee from the Chiapas coffee region in a trendy cafe
  • Take the Free Walking Tour (Psst…one of the best I’ve ever taken)
  • Explore one of the many artisanal markets
    • Market of Sweets & Amber
    • The Market surrounding The Church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán
    • Night Market in Plaza de la Paz
  • Stroll along Calle Real de Guadalupe
  • Enjoy a moment of solitude in one of the many inviting plazas
  • Appreciate the twisting and turning uphill streets in charming Barrio del Cerrillo
  • Climb the stairs up to the San Cristobalito Church and take a tranquil walk through the surrounding communal gardens
  • Sample Pox (pronounced poshe) an ancient liquor that dates back to the Mayna times made of sugarcane, corn, and wheat. Look for it used in modern day cleansing rituals.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for colorful street art
  • Relax in the Casa Corazón de Jade and savor a tea from fresh herbs from the garden
  • Watch the sunset from a rooftop bar like Ginger Bar.

There are so many incredible things to do in San Crisobal de las Casas, but this is just a brief overview.

While there are so many things to see in San Cris, there are just as many diverse day trips to take from the city and can all be explored via public transportation. More on those here.

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Where to Eat in San Cristobal de las Casas

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Relax in the beautiful garden patio of Casa La Venta and grab a pizza from Satori Pizzeria

San Cristobal de las Casas has a fairly diverse foodie scene for being up in the mountains. However, in Centro and around many of the main attractions of the city, are hip cafes and restaurants catering to the tourists, especially the “gringos.” Finding a middle ground to eat can be a challenge, but I highly recommend the below San Cristobal de las Casas restaurants.

El Caldero de La Abuela

El Caldero de La Abuela is one of the best places to grab a “caldero,” or hearty soup in the city. These soups are so comforting, especially on a rainy day in San Cris. This small “hole in the wall” restaurant caters to both tourists and locals alike.

Find them here: Av Diego Dugelay 4C | Facebook Page

Food Stalls Outside Mercado de Dulces y Artesanías Ámbar

Outside the Sweet and Amber Market in the center of town is one of the best places to grab a traditional plate of food in Chiapas. On both sides of the market are two separate outdoor eating places with many food stall options. Find mostly locals enjoying breakfast and lunch in the outdoor seating areas. At night, multiple hamburger and hot dog carts open up on the street right before the market. After 23:00, a quesadilla stand opens in the plaza.

Find these varied food options outside the market

Roots Bakery

Want that fresh loaf a bread? Craving a sweet pastry? What about a slice of pizza to go? Roots Bakery has all these options and more! This is an amazing small bakery that is close to many cheese and specialty shops. A perfect area to grab everything to enjoy a picnic.

Find them here: Av Diego Dugelay | Facebook Page

Satori Pizzeria

Located in the artisanal space of Casa la Venta, Satori Pizzeria offers delicious pizzas out of the wood-burning stove. Each handmade pizza is made with love and topped in fresh ingredients. The outdoor patio space is shared between a few of the other stands, but it’s a great place to relax for the afternoon. Beer and wine available.

Find them here: Chiapa de Corzo 19 | Facebook Page

Sarajevo Café Jardin

One of the best spots for brunch in San Cristobal de las Casas is the hip and trendy Sarajevo Café Jardin. On the weekends there is always live music. The food menu has a fun and modern twist on classic Mexican dishes. The coffee is excellent and the ambiance even better. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.

Find them here: Flavio A. Paniagua 32 | Facebook Page

What About the Best Coffee in San Cristobal de las Casas?

Chiapas coffee region is famous for producing some of the best coffee in Mexico. So, San Cris has no shortage of amazing little coffeeshops to sip on a rich cup of joe, or specialty coffeeshops to purchase fresh beans to take on the go. These specialty tiendas also provide the convenient option to ground the beans on the spot for an instant cup of coffee.

For beans, try Carajillo Café. They work directly with local coffee farmers close to San Cris. They also offer samplings and can grind beans on the spot.

It’s hard to go wrong on coffee in San Cristobal de las Casas, but Libre Café has an excellent coffee selection. A cooperative group of women artists have a small shop, Espabilocafe, and serve up delicious coffee from the Moka pot. Finally, Frontera Artisan Food and Coffee is an excellent option to snag an outdoor patio seat and enjoy a specialty coffee and a hearty plate of food.

Where to Stay in San Cristobal de las Casas

San Cristobal de las Casas has many different hostels and hotels to choose from for any type of budget. In general, hotels in San Cristobal de las Casas are more affordable compared to more popular destinations in Mexico.

Best Hotels in San Cristobal de las Casas

A few of the more popular hotels in San Cristobal de las Casas are found close to Centro or in the Barrio del Cerrillo. If looking for a hip and funky space, try Sereno Art Hotel. There’s a hearty breakfast option in the morning for an additional fee. Just down the street, Hotel Posada Primavera has more rustic rooms with two lovely garden patios. Rooms on the second and third floors have city views.

More hotel options in San Cristobal de las Casa

Hostel Options San Cristobal de las Casas

There are so many hostels in San Cristobal de las Casas, but my favorite is Hostal Casa Gaia. This is a family run house and the owners are so friendly and keep the place absolutely spotless. There’s a nice outdoor space, access to a kitchen, and simple private and shared rooms. On the other side of town, La Abuelita Hostal & Terraza is a great hostel option in San Cristobal de las Casas. The hostel is clean, has a large kitchen, excellent common spaces, and has shared and private rooms. Try to score the private room with the giant terrace.

More hostel options in San Cristobal de las Casas

Day 2 Chiapas Road Trip Itinerary | Chiflon Waterfall & Chucumaltik Cenote

Chiapas Road Trip Logistics Day 2 | San Cristobal de las Casas – Chucumaltik Cenote | Distance: 140 kilometers (87 miles) | Drive Time: 3.5 + hours, depending on traffic

Leave Chiapas early and head towards the direction of Comitán. There are many road signs up along the route that are easy to follow. This first section of the road trip is beautiful and feels as if you are driving more through a European mountain town rather than Mexico.

Try to stay on the main roads as some of the side roads can be a little bumpy. Once you reach the city of Comitán turn off and head through the village of Tzimol. Follow the signs to Cascadas el Chiflón.

Skip to | Chucumaltik Cenote | Uninajab Baths | Sleeping Options for Day 2

Cascadas el Chiflón | Chiflon Waterfall

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Head to the observation deck at Chiflon Waterfall, and receive a misty cool down after the scenic hike to the top!

The Chiflon Waterfall is an ecotourism center that offers stunning views of the Cascadas el Chiflón and other smaller waterfalls. Enter the park and walk along a well cared for path that passes by picnic areas, tiendas, and small restaurants. There’s also an opportunity to ride the zip-line that runs parallel along the tiered falls.

Take the climb to the top observatory deck and rejoice in the misty cool-down. Make sure to follow alternative paths to appreciate the smaller falls, like Cascada ala de Ángel.

Cascades el Chiflón Logistics | Admission Ticket: $50 pesos ($2.50 USD) | Hours: 8:00 – 17:30 | Find it here: Google Map Location | Cabanas and camping options available onsite

Chucumaltik Cenote

Believe it or not there are cenotes in Chiapas! Chucumaltik Cenote is located between Cascadas el Chiflón and the village of Uninajab, which is known for their natural public pools. This untouched cenote is rustic. It may not be the most beautiful cenote in Mexico, but it one of the most primitive and least visited.

Chucumaltik Cenote has two entrances, one through a private finca that winds along a bumpy dirt path, and a main entrance where most people enter. Be mindful, each entrance has two very different vibes.

The main entrance is marked with a billboard and is where most of the taxis and tour buses follow. The standard admission fee is $25 pesos. On this side of the cenote, there is a simple bathroom, platform, and some picnic tables. There is also a small dock to enter and exit the water. There are usually a few people here enjoying this little known cenote and it shuts down at 17:00.

The Private Finca entrance is farther down the road and you must honk outside of a locked gate. Upon entrance, you’ll be asked to pay 100 pesos per person and follow a rough and bumpy road to a makeshift parking lot. The fica route is definitely the more rustic and adventurous option to visit the Chucumaltik Cenote.

There is usually no one on this side, so you can ask for permission to camp and usually be granted access. Be mindful, there are no facilities, but a few garbage cans. Walk along a trail for 5 minutes to come above the cenote. Walk down to the main platform where there is a ladder to access the crystal blue waters.

Chucumaltik Cenote Logistics | Entrance Fee: Two entrances – Private Finca $100 pesos per person ($5 USD) / Main Entrance $25 pesos ($1.25) | Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 | Find it here: Chucumaltik Cenote | Camping by permission from Finca Entrance

Uninajab Baths

Uninajab is just down the road from Chucumaltik Cenote. Basically, if you reach this town, you’ve passed both entrances for the cenote. The village is basically a small ecopark with 11 natural pools the nearby scenic Lake Koila. If you don’t feel like camping at the Cenote, spend the afternoon relaxing around these baths that follow along a river and have small cleansing waterfalls.

Centro Ecoturístico Uninaja Logistics | Entrance Fee: $25 pesos ($1.25 USD) | Find it here: Uninajab | Facebook Page

Sleeping Options for Day 2

For the first night of this Chiapas road trip, it’s best to sleep at one of the above locations. At Chiflon Waterfall, there is the option to camp or rent a cabana. For a more rustic experience, camp at the Chucumaltik Cenote. Rustic camping is accessible from the private finca side. Otherwise, head down to the small village of Uninajab to sleep in one of the simple family run guesthouses. There are also a few lodging options along the road.

Day 3 Chiapas Road Trip Itinerary | Lagunas de Montebello National Park

Chiapas Road Trip Logistics Day 3 | Chucumaltik CenoteTziscao | Distance: 80 km (50 miles) | Drive Time: +/- 2 hours

Start day 3 of this Chiapas road trip by trying to leave from the overnight destination. There’s no way to avoid it and you will need to drive back to the outskirts of Comitán. Follow the roadsigns and main road into the control area of Lagunas de Montebello National Park. This area is becoming popular, so there are plenty of signs.

To make the most of your time in Lagunas de Montebello, it’s best to explore in the afternoon on Day 3 and early in the morning on Day 4. Upon arrival, stop to visit the first section of lakes: Laguna Encantada, Laguna Esmeralda, and Laguna Ensueño. Next, enjoy the popular Laguna de Montebello. Plan on sleeping Tziscao, which shares the border with Guatemala.

In the morning, go back and explore Laguna Pojoj and take the rewarding Cinco Lagos trek.

Skip to | Popular Lakes in Lagunas de Montebello National Park | Sleeping in Lagunas de Montebello National Park

Things to Do in Montebello

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A highlight of this Chiapas road trip is exploring the beautiful Lagunas de Montello National Park | Lago Pojoj

There are over 50 lakes in the National Park, so there are no shortage of things to do in Montebello. It’s impossible to explore and appreciate all the beauty, so here’s a it’s hard to explore them all.

There is a main control entrance before entering the lakes. Here, you must pay the fee to receive a ticket. Make sure to keep your ticket with you while in the park. The main ticket is checked frequently. There are also additional fees for some of the more popular lakes, and it will be verified before purchase.

Lagunas de Montebello National Park | Main Entrance Fee: $50 pesos ($2.50 USD) | Some lakes have additional fees | Official toll booth: here | After 18:00 the National Park is not regulated. Camping is at your own risk and not recommended | Facilities: Cabanas to rent, garbage cans, small food shops, picnic tables, roadside restaurants

There are a wide range of different hiking paths that are found in Lagunas de Montebello National Park. Some simple trails take less than 5 minutes, while the Cinco Lago trek takes are 3 hours round trip. Besides hiking, there are opportunities to rent row boats on Laguna Encantada, Laguna de Montebello, and Laguna Pojoj. Make sure to stop along the road to appreciate one of the many viewpoints while twisting through the scenic National Park.

Popular Lakes in Lagunas de Montebello National Park

Here are some of the most popular lakes in Lagunas de Montebello National Park, the entrance fees, and some tips for exploring them.

North Lakes

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Small, but stunning Laguna Ensueño

With the main entrance fee it’s possible to visit a few of the north lakes. There is a main parking lot that sits above Laguna Encantada. From here, it’s possible to hike the small trail down to Laguna Ensueño. There is also a small parking lot to hike down to Laguna Bosque Azul. Right before this the bridge there is also a hiking trail to explore a few caves.

🚗 Driving Safety Precaution | The sale of alcoholic beverages is regulated by this community. However, in the next village, many locals purchase liquor. Please take caution if continuing towards the village of Ojo de Agua, as many of them drink heavily on the side of the road. Sadly, in the later part of the afternoon, many villagers have passed out and are a roadside safety hazard.

Laguna de Montebello

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Laguna de Montebello is the most popular lake in the National Park

The most popular lake in the entire national park is Laguna de Montebello. There is a small hiking trail that encircles a large portion of the lake. Otherwise, it’s possible to rent a row boat and explore. Along the lake are multiple vistas to stop for a photo opportunity. The lake’s vivid blue colors pop when the sun is shinning brightly. Swimming is allowed.

Laguna de Montebello Logistics | Additional Entrance Fee: $25 pesos ($1.25 USD) | Facilities: parking, garbage cans, food options, hiking trail, swimming, row boat rental

Laguna Pojoj & the Cinco Lagos Hike

Laguna Pojoj is another beautiful lake and is the best option for those travelers looking to tackle a longer hiking trail within Lagunas de Montebello National Park. There are row boat rentals for the main lake, but the real treasure lies within the Cinco Lagos Hike (5 lakes hike).

Laguna Pojoj Logistics | Additional Entrance Fee: $25 pesos ($1.25 USD) | Facilities: parking, garbage cans, hiking trail, row boat rental | Download a free Cinco Lagos Hiking Map

The Cinco Lagos hike takes around 3 hours round trip and offers some incredible viewpoints along the way, of you guessed it… five lakes. The trail is well marked and weaves through the forest and passes by colossal viewpoints with names like King Kong.

The trail ends at the base of one of the lakes. From here take a dip in the lake or take another uphill trail to another incredible viewpoint.

To avoid the crowds, enjoy the Cinco Lagos hike in the early morning.

🚗 Parking Tip | Park near the tollbooth to have direct access to the Cinco Lagos hike. There is a worker regulating the entrance, so parking here is safer.

Where to Sleep in Lagunas de Montebello National Park

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Those lake views from Cabañas Miravalle Tziscao though!

The best base to explore and sleep in Lagunas de Montebello National Park is the tiny hamlet of Tziscao. This is actually a small village on the border with lots of cabana and camping options. Most of these options are right on the shores of Lago Tziscao. This beautiful lake has small hiking trails with viewpoints and offers an opportunity to swim.

Cabañas Miravalle Tziscao has camping options available for $80 pesos ($4 USD) per person. This includes access to the Wi-Fi, hot showers, and clean bathrooms. Camping facilities are right on the lake and have the ability to use picnic benches and fire-pits. Firewood can be ordered from the front desk and delivered to your site.

There’s also a wide range of simple cabañas located directly on the lake front.

Book a cabaña in Lago Tziscao here

Day 4 Chiapas Road Trip Itinerary | Centro Ecoturístico Las Nubes Chiapas

Chiapas Road Trip Logistic Day 4 | Tziscao Village – Los Nubes | Distance: 67 kilometers (42 miles) | Drive Time: + / – 2 hours

After the morning hike of Cinco Lagos in Lagunas de Montebello National Park, head on the road to Las Nubes. Plan on arriving in Las Nubes in the late afternoon, which is perfect since most of the day trippers will be on the road back to San Cris.

The road to Las Nubes is still a little rugged, as in it is a narrow dirt path made of loose gravel. There are plenty of road markers that track the kilometers, the last section of road seems to drag on. Maybe it’s the anticipation of what’s to come.

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Things to Do at Las Nubes Chiapas

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A colorful barbershop in the village right before Las Nubes Eco-park

Las Nubes is a spectacular Ecotourism park, and the community has done a fabulous job at maintaining the grounds and the nearby hiking trails. The Ecopark has cabañas available to rent and a beautiful garden where you can camp. There are also options to add on interactive hiking tours, rafting, and guided nighttime tours. However, travlers who prefer to explore at their own pace can easy follow along a well-marked Jungle trail.

While we only had one day to explore the park, Las Nubes is so primitive and special that if you have time, slow down and spend two days here. The village outside the park is lovely and is nice to walk through, too.

Centro Ecoturístico Las Nubes Logistics | Standard Entrance Fee: $30 pesos ($1.50 USD) | Camping: $100 pesos ($5) per person and includes access to all facilities | Facilities: cabañas, camping, garbage drop, hiking trail, guided tours, restaurant onsite, Wi-Fi available for additional fee in half hour increments | Official Website & Prices

Here’s all the awesome things to do at Las Nubes Ecopark.

Las Nubes Waterfall

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Just one view of the stunning Cascadas Las Nubes

The main highlight of Las Nubes is the rushing waterfall. There are a few paths that you can walk to different vantage points. There are some spots to lay down a blanket and enjoy the surroundings or maybe a book and some meditation. Walk to the bridge for one of the best views; however, it’s forbidden to cross the bridge into the small community.

The Cascada Las Nubes is stunning and the jungle like surroundings only enhance its beauty.

Hike the Jungle Trail at Las Nubes

The Centro Ecoturístico Las Nubes has done an excellent maintaining a loop trail through the jungle. Highlights include following the river and walking down to view “The Tunnel.” If the river is too high, there’s a great observation deck. Continue on the trail to gaze out at the Mirador. This is one of the most picturesque views in the entire Las Nubes park. The trail then moves downhill. You’ll need to crawl under a small hole in the stone facing to see the “the Rock Bed.” Continue into the Zen Labyrinth. The path has signage en-route with informative plaques on the fauna. Finally, the trail loops out right next to the Eco-park entrance.

The Las Nubes jungle trail is only a couple of miles, but showcases the jungle fauna and landscape in a fun and interactive way.

Sleeping at Las Nubes Chiapas

Centro Ecoturístico Las Nubes is the best option to explore the park and sleep. The restaurant onsite dishes up hearty plates of food at a good price. The food is delicious and with views that overlook the Cascada Las Nubes, Restaurante la Golondrina, serves its purpose. ➜Book here.

Day 5 Chiapas Road Trip Itinerary | Las Nubes to Frontera Corozal

Czech Republic Road Trip Logistics Day 5 | Las Nubes Chiapas – Frontera Corozal | Distance: 255 kilometers (159 miles) | Drive Time: at LEAST 5 hours in the car

Spend the morning enjoying Las Nubes, because this is going to be one of the longest days in the car of this Chiapas road trip. You’ll need to back track to the main road and then follow the main road which hugs the border of Guatamal the entire trip, and eventually end at the border town of Frontera Corozal.

Although it’s a big drive day, the scenery is absolutely incredible. The road is winding through the jungle, but with barely any cars. If you need gas, you will more than likely need to utilize the little makeshift gas stands along the road. Don’t worry, on this stretch there are plenty.

There are lots of small villages along this Chiapas road trip driving day. This is also a great opportunity to stock up on some cheap and fresh fruit. Look for the large trucks filled with pineapple and bananas. If you wish, purchase right from the truck as they unload.

The final destination is Frontera Corozal. The border town on the Usumacinta River is the access point to one of the most isolated Chiapas Mayan ruins, Yaxchilan (Yaxchilán). Yes, to reach the Yaxchilan Archaeological site, you’ll need to travel by boat early in the morning!

Where to Stay in Frontera Corozal

There are a few cabana options along the river in Frontera Corozal, many of them less than 5 minutes away from the ticket office and boat launch. One lodging option close the private boat launch is Escudo Jaguar, which is run Lacandona Community. Staying here helps give back to the community so the villagers don’t have to rely on agricultural clearing of the rainforest. There’s also a restaurant onsite.

Hotel Nueva Alianza is another option in Frontera Corozal, closer to the public boat launch for the Yaxchilan ruins.

Day 6 Chiapas Road Trip Itinerary | Explore Yaxchilan Ruins (Archaeological Site) to Palenque City

Chiapas Road Trip Logistics Day 6 | Frontera Corozal – Palenque city | Distance: 165 kilometers (103 miles) | Drive Time: 3 hours

Day 6 is filled with adventure! There’s a likely chance you’ll be awoken by the rousing calls of howler monkeys, or as the locals call them Aulladores. They sing early in the morning in the trees close to the river. After a one of a kind wake up call, head straight to explore the incredible Yaxchilan Archaelogical Site. Just to reach the Yaxchilan Mayan ruins is an adventure in itself. If you wish, step into two countries in one day by entering Guatemala.

If you want more Chiapas Mayan ruins, swing by the site of Bonampak Archaeological Park. If it’s hot, take a dip in the Cascada de las Golondrinas, which offers plenty of pools surrounded by the shade of the jungle.

Arrive into the city of Palenque to sleep. In the morning, explore the impressive Palenque Archaeological Zone.

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How to Get to Yaxchilan Ruins from Frontera Corozal

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The boats to reach the Yaxchilan ruins at sunrise in the gateway village of Frontera Corozal

Frontera Corozal is the entry way to the jungle site of Yaxchilan. As stated, you’ll need to purchase your entrance ticket to Yaxchilan before entering the boat. The main ticket booth is right before the boat launch. After you purchase the ticket, there are two boat launches that take tourists to the Mayan site.

The boats take the 40 minutes ride down the Usumacinta River. To the left is Mexico and the right is Guatemala. The boat waits around 2 – 2.5 hours, which is plenty of time to explore the site. Don’t forget to verify the time with your driver, as the local time may be different than standard time. Try to arrive first thing in the morning. This is best, since the park will most likely be empty until the tour groups start to arrive (around 9:30).

Afterwards, the boat will return to Frontera Corozal.

Frontera Corozal Boat Prices & More Useful Information

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Hop on a boat to reach the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan. Make sure to negotiate the price if using a private boat “lancha.”

There are two boat launches. The private boats launch from near Escudo Jaguar and there is a small hut just before the property where the tickets can be purchased. The listing price for the entire boat is $1,600 pesos ($80 USD); however, it’s possible to negotiate the price. For two people, we were able to hire a private boat for $1,000 pesos ($50 USD). This is a huge advantage, as the boat can reach the site faster and you can customize the tour.

If you want to save money, but lose time, you can wait for more people arrive to split the cost of the boat. Most people in a collectivo boat will spend around 300 pesos ($15).

Explore the Archaeological Site of Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan is one of the most off the beaten path Chiapas Mayan ruins in the Lacandona jungle. Try to arrive early to appreciate them in all their splendor. The howler monkeys seem to have taken back this sacred site and they are moving about the trees, screeching wildly. There are a few informative plaques in the beginning that lead you to the main section of the archaeological site. The site is not that large, but with it hover over the river, it’s super impressive.

Again, try to arrive before 9:30 to beat the tour crowds to wander completely alone with the impressive Yaxchilan Mayan ruins. This Sacred site is a highlight on any Chiapas road trip.

Yaxchilan Ruins Logistics | Purchase entrance tickets before loading the boat | Standard Admission Ticket : $70 pesos ($3.50) | Hours: 8:00 -17:00, however it’s possible to find a boat that may leave earlier

Stop in Guatemala

Oftentimes, the boat driver will ask if you wish to stop in the port town of La Técnica. They usually allow 15 minutes to get out, walk the main street, and maybe grab a snack and beer. There isn’t much to see in the town itself, unless you have more time to explore and take an expedition from here. There is no border check in the village for tourists, so you won’t have to bring your passport.

Optional Pit-Stop | Bonampak Archaeological Park

If you want to explore more Chiapas Mayan ruins, take the optional pit-stop to Bonampak Archaeological Site. The small site is not far from Yaxchilan and is on the way to the final destination: Palenque.

Bonampak is most famous for their painted murals. It’s no surprise that Bonampak literally translates to “painted wall” from the Mayan language. The colorful murals are estimated to be dated from around 790 A.D.

Bonampak is a little more difficult to access due to the fact that the locals have kind of “reclaimed and hijacked” the site from the government. Bonampak and Yaxchilan are easy to access from Palenque as a packaged tour.

Fees & Logistics to Access Bonampak Ruins

Upon arrival into the community, you will be asked to pay another community access fee. On top of that, even if you have your own car, you must be escorted by a local driver to reach the site. Spanish will come in handy here, since you will want to have an understanding of what each fee is. Try to make sure you verify and negotiate all the entrance fee before you reach an agreement, so you don’t encounter any unexpected expenses.

Whispers say the reason the community has become so protective over the ruins is due to that fact that some artifacts were taken from the site without the permission or knowledge from the community. This has sparked a rebellion. Tour groups are more free to move than independent travelers.

Be mindful that many of the areas may be closed off to visitors, so verify that you can have access to the murals before deciding.

Bonampak Ruins Logistics | Negotiate with the community before proceeding | Average Round-up of Fees: $300 pesos ($15 USD) | Hours: 8:00 -17:00, verify at the community checkpoint

Cascada de las Golondrinas

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Take a dip in one of the many pools at Cascada de las Golondrinas

Another great option to break up Day 6 of the Chiapas road trip is to stop at Cascada de las Golondrinas. You may be stopped outside the community of Nueva Palestina to pay the control of 30 pesos ($1.50); however, the gatekeepers at the waterfall told us we should not have been charged.

This tiered waterfall has lots of little pools to take a dip in. There are a few picnic tables and open spaces to lounge out and relax. Find a nice wooden boardwalk trail that winds past a few different waterfalls.

Cascada de las Golondrinas Logistics | Find it here | Entrance Fee: $25 pesos ($1.25 USD) | Hours: 6:00 – 18:00 | Facilities: cabañas, camping, garbage drop, bathrooms and changing rooms, picnic benches

Where to Stay in Palenque

Palenque is large and there are lots of sleeping options in the city and along the route to the ruins. Personally, I think the best Palenque hotels are on the road to the ruins, since you can walk or hail a collectivo.

A higher end option is Piedra de Agua Palenque, which has private cabanas with outdoor bathtubs and seating areas. There’s also a pool onsite and a few restaurants that deliver in. ➜Book here.

Find the perfect place to stay in Palenque

Day 7 | Palenque National Park & Waterfall Route to San Cristobal de las Casas

Chiapas Road Trip Logistics Day 7 | Palenque city – San Cristobal de las Casas | Distance: 250 kilometers (155 miles) | Drive Time: 6 hours, depending on desired pitstops

Arrive early to Palenque National Park to explore the jungle and the Palenque ruins. After that, continue into San Cristobal de las Casas and stop at least one of the following waterfalls: Cascades of Roberto Barrios, Misol-ha, or the popular Agua Azul.

If you stop at two or more waterfalls along the route, expect a late night arrival into San Cris.

⁉️ Safety Warning | With the Chiapas rebellion, the road stretch from Ocosingo to San Cristobal de las Casas can oftentimes be blocked, or closed. If it is a heighten and dangerous climax, it should ultimately be avoided. The road blocks are controlled by the community and sometimes there is a fee to pass, or a complete closure. Try to avoid the stretch after Ocosingo to San Cris road too late into the night. We had no problems crossing, but it’s smart to check-in with police from Agua Azul to see if they know the current road conditions. For the most up to date information, check in with Noticias Incómodas Chiapas

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How to Get to Palenque Ruins from Palenque City

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Chiapas Road Trip Highlights: The Archaeological Zone of Palenque

Those who have a full day to explore the Palenque ruins may decide to take the casual walk into Palenque National Park. There is a nice walking / biking path that leads directly to the first main entrance. (There are two entrance fees).

If on a tight schedule, flag down a local collectivo that runs between the city of Palenque and the Palenque ruins. Flag down the collectivo anywhere along the route. The final stop is the ticket control for the Palenque ruins. A one-way ride on the collectivo costs $20 pesos ($1).

The first entrance gate is for entering the Palenque National Park. Upon paying, receive a wristband that should be worn. This allows access to a few of the free jungle walks onsite. The most notable is right before the main entrance control to the Palenque ruins.

Palenque National Park Logistics | Control Booth | Entrance Fee: $90 pesos ($4.50 USD) | Hold onto your wristband

Palenque Archaeological Site

The Palenque Archaeological Zone is surrounded by the jungle mountains. Oftentimes, in the early morning, the fog rolls in and covers the site in a mystical haze. This place is special and a notable and influential sites of the Maya Empire. The site has lots of different political sections and temples. Believe it or not, archaeologists think that only 5% of the city has been uncovered, the rest hidden and reclaimed by the wild jungle.

Some of the highlights include the Temple of the Inscriptions, which housed maybe some of the most important writings ever found in a site. It is said these writings contained events up to 1 million years into the past and predictions into the future as far into the year of 4722.

The Palace or “El Palacio” sits in the center. Don’t miss the area of temples which includes the Temple of the Sun or the hillside Temple of the Foliated Cross. Don’t miss the Temple of the Count close to the exit.

The Palenque ruins are amazing and are a highlight on this Chiapas road trip. Make sure to allot enough time to really feel the sacred energy of this place.

Palenque Archaeological Site Logistics | 2nd Ticket Purchase (control) here | Entrance Fee: $80 pesos ($4) | Hours: 8:30 –17:00, last admission at 16:00 | Museum included in the ticket price, opens later at 10:00 | Official Website

Jungle Walks & Tours

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The small footpath of Sendero Motiepá offers a better understanding into the jungle.

The highlight of Palenque National Park are the magical Palenque ruins, but there are also opportunities to spend more time in the jungle and appreciate the fauna and landscape. Near the main entrance of the Palenque ruins is the route of Sendero Motiepá. This short trail has informative signs that explain the natural habitat and some time to avoid the crowds and spend time in nature. Listen for the howler monkeys, see if you can spot all the humming birds, and stare in wonder at some trees that are ancient and wise.

There are also opportunities to pay for a guide in a few different sections to have an in-depth jungle tour or walk. Verify the prices and times and confirm the license of the guide before agreeing to a tour.

Chiapas Waterfalls Routes | Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas

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A Chiapas road trip will include at least a few stops at one of Chiapas waterfalls. The lovely Misol-ha waterefall

From Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas are three popular waterfalls that can be visited. Make sure to allot time for each spot and consider that almost all the communities have entrance fees.

Cascades of Roberto Barrios

This is one of the least visited Chiapas waterfalls, as it’s a little out of the way. While most Palenque tours will stop at Misol-ha and Cascadas de Agua Azul, Roberto Barrios is just enough out of the way that it’s skipped. It’s possible to swim in the different tiered pools.

Cascades de Roberto Barrios Logistics | National Park fee: $20 pesos ($1) | Entrance Fee: $30 pesos ($1.50) | Hours: 8:00 – 17:00

Misol-ha Waterfall

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Take the short trail that leads behind Cascada Misol-ha

Next, is the Misol-ha Waterfall. This Chiapas waterfall is a treat and you can actually walk on a small path behind it. The hiking path is lovely and is well maintained and surrounded by beautiful flowers. There is a small swimming area, but take caution, the current can be pretty strong.

Cascada Misol-ha Logistics | Community Control Fee: $10 pesos (50¢) | Entrance Fee: $20 pesos ($1) | Swim at your own risk

Cascadas de Agua Azul

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The many cascading falls of Agua Azul

The most popular Chiapas waterfall is Cascadas de Agua Azul. There is a concrete path that follows along the river and past a few viewpoints. The site has kind of become a victim to its own beauty. In what was once a probably super tranquil place is lined with trinket shops, restaurants, and vendors selling anything you can image. In all honestly, this was one of my least favorite stops on the week long Chiapas road trip.

Cascadas de Agua Azul Logistics | Community Control Fee: $50 pesos ($2.50) | Agua Azul Entrance Fee: $40 pesos ($2)

The Road from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas

Remember, the section of road from Ocosingo to San Cristobal de las Casas is one of the hotspots for the Chiapas rebellion. Try to check-in at your hotel in Palenque, at the waterfalls along the route, and with police to see if there is a road block or closure. Finally, try to avoid driving this section of road at night.

Noticias Incómodas Chiapas is a useful Facebook Group to check-in on for those driving in Chiapas.

Back in San Cristobal de las Casas

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The stunning church of Santo Domingo in San Cristobal de las Casas is surrounded by an artisanal market

If you stop at all the waterfalls along the route, expect to arrive late into San Cristobal de las Casas. San Cristobal de las Casas is a pueblo magico, or magic village, so make sure to give it the time that is truly deserves. There are so many things to do in San Cristobal de las Casas that I think it requires at least 3 full days.

Detailed Travel Guide | All the Incredible Things to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas

Besides the village itself check out some of the below day trips from San Cristobal de las Casas, all which can be accessed via a tour or public transportation.

Day Trips from San Cristobal de las Casas

The three most popular day trips from San Cristobal de las Casas are Sumiero Canyon, San Juan de Chaluma, and Zinacantán.

☛ Travel Deeper | 8 Special Day Trips from San Cristobal de las Casas

Sumidero Canyon | Cañón del Sumidero

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The scenic boat ride through Sumidero Canyon is the most popular day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas

Sumidero Canyon National Park is the most popular day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas and usually includes a stop in the village of Chiapa de Corzo. The canyon has two ways to visit, either by car at the viewpoints, or via a scenic boat tour.

While the Sumidero Canyon can be accessed via public transportation, it is cheaper and easier to reach via a tour. Sumidero Canyon tours can include both the viewpoints and canyon boat tour, or simply the boat tour. This is a full day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas.

Sumidero Canyon Logistics | Standard Tour Fare: $350 pesos ($17.50 USD) | Boat Fare Without a Tour: $270 pesos ($13.50)

San Juan de Chaluma

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The famous church in San Juan de Chaluma is known for its ancient rituals of chicken sacrifices

The small village of San Juan de Chaluma is famous for two things, it’s famous church where chicken sacrifices take place, and it’s authentic local Sunday Market. Somehow, the village of San Juan de Chaluma has maintained their ancient rituals that have been passed down for thousands of years and are fused with Christianity.

On Sunday, the whole village turns into a bustling market place, where local don traditional clothing. Many of the nearby villagers meet in the plaza to discuss business, and the method they use is anything but modern. There’s also an interesting cemetery on the outskirts of town.

Public Transportation Logistics | San Cristobal de las Casas to San Juan Chaluma | Catch the Collectivos here: Calle Honduras 8, Barrio de Mexicanos | Cost: $18 pesos (90¢) | Duration: 30 minutes


Zinacantán is another village close to San Cristobal de las Casas that are known for their weaving abilities. The clothing here is very different, and all of the locals, including the men, wear bright pink and purple textiles. It’s possible to wander in the homes of the artisans and watch them weaving. Their beautiful items are usually for sale right there in the homes.

The church here is also worth a quick pit-stop. The alters here are deocrated wth flowers and intricate animal carvings on the alters. On Sunday mornings before 9, there is an impressive flower market.

Public Transportation Logistics | San Cristobal de las Casas to Zinacantán | Catch the Collectivos here: Calle Honduras 8A, 14 de Septiembre | Cost: $22 pesos ($1) | Duration: 30 minutes

Final Thoughts Chiapas Road Trip | The Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Mexico Road Trip

In short, this is the ultimate guide to experiencing a road trip through the rugged landscapes of Chiapas State. From the cascading waterfalls like El Chiflon, to the Mayan ruins of Yaxchilan that have been reclaimed by the jungle, this is one of the best off-the-beaten-path road trips in Mexico. It is also one of the most rewarding. Start this epic adventure from the magical village of San Cristobal de las Casas. Be prepared to see a side of Mexico you never knew existed.

Chiapas is filled with ancient ruins, waterfalls, diverse landscapes, and people who embrace a culturally rich life. The beauty of Chiapas State will leave you wishing you had more time to explore, but thankful for the time you had.

Be cafe, be prepared, but be ready to lose your heart in Chiapas.

Have you been to Chiapas? Did rent a car and experience a Chiapas road trip? Is there something from this Chiapas road trip itinerary that I’m missing that you absolutely loved? Let me know in the comments below!!

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Hey, my name is Megs! I'm an adventure-seeking, wanna be storyteller, with a wandering soul. I love immersing myself in diverse cultures and customs. I'm kind of obsessed with hiking in the mountains, soaking in hot springs, and seeking-out the most authentic travel experiences as possible! Find me savoring a good cup of coffee, eating at traditional markets, or catching a sunset with a glass of wine in hand. Experiences and memories are my most prized possessions.


  • Terri
    October 16, 2021 at 7:40 am

    What an incredible road trip. I am jealous. Your article was very informative.

    • Megs
      October 17, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Thanks so much Terri for reading!

  • Alex
    October 16, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Wow. Great comprehensive guide! I’ve never heard of this place, but would LOVE to visit. I will pin for when I do!

    • Megs
      October 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Alex!! Enjoy!

  • Megan
    October 16, 2021 at 9:14 am

    National Parks, waterfalls…this looks amazing! I’ve been to Mexico a few times, but always to touristy areas. I would love to get out of the tourist zones and see some of these beautiful attractions!

    • Megs
      October 17, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Hey Megan! I hope you do make it to Chiapas! It’s such an under appreciated state in Mexico. 💚

  • Elena Pappalardo
    October 16, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Wow, what an incredible road trip adventure you’ve had! What a treat to see some of these incredible hidden gems of Mexico – thank you for putting them on my radar!

    • Megs
      October 17, 2021 at 9:54 am

      Your welcome! It’s crazy how diverse and beautiful Mexico truly is! 🇲🇽

    October 16, 2021 at 11:36 am

    Jungle walk in Mexico must have felt so exotic.

    • Megs
      October 17, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Yes, although short, there was lots to see!

  • Carrie
    January 25, 2022 at 2:56 am

    WOW!! I have been looking for an itinerary just like this! I’m looking to travel with my husband and two teenagers this March. We love history, ruins, nature and Chiapas just seems perfect for this. My biggest concern was could we rent a car and make a loop to see many of the sites in about a week…you answered that perfectly! We plan to make our first stop in Mexico City then fly into Tuxtla. Would you recommend picking up a rental car at the Tuxtla airport or taking a bus/taxi to San Chris then getting a car there? We plan to head to some sites in the Yucutan as well as do some scuba diving after exploring Chiapas. So I thought we would make a loop in Chiapas then fly into Cancun from Tuxtla. Does that sound like a good plan? I can’t wait to explore your other posts

    • Megs
      January 30, 2022 at 7:47 am

      Hey Carrie! Thanks so much for reaching out and I’m so happy you will be exploring Chiapas. I absolutely loved it and this itinerary just skims the surface on all the incredible things to see and do along the route! Just always make sure to check in at each stop along the way and verify if there are any road blocks from the community and be mindful at police checks.

      As for the car, it depends on when you want to visit San Cristobal de las Casas. Personally, you don’t need a car in the city, however, there are parking garages, ect… but it is another hassle and an unnecessary fee. If you are flying into the airport I suggest picking up the car and hitting the road, since many of the “major rental companies” are in Tuxtla near the airport. There are a few smaller rental company options in San Cristobal, but I didn’t utilize them since I traveled with someone who had a car. When you finish the loop, return the car and come back to explore San Cris and enjoy the city! I fell in love with this “pueblo magico” and spent over 1 month here, there is a certain charm to it.

      Hope this helps and enjoy your time in Chiapas. It always ends up being a highlight on any trip to Mexico!

  • Itzel
    April 25, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    wow, thank you for sharing this and putting it all together. I’m going next week and this is so helpful!

    • Megs
      April 28, 2022 at 7:09 am

      Enjoy Chiapas! Seriously one of my favorite states in Mexico 💙


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