ECO-Tourism to Chiapas Mexico--Jungle Fauna & Flora, Waterfalls and Mayan Ruins!
November 17-25, 2018
General Trip Information
Chiapas is Mexico's southernmost state and although it is one of the poorest states, it offers great biodiversity and remarkable landscapes as well as interesting cultural expression. In Chiapas, you will find lovely colonial towns, important archaeological sites, scenic beaches, tropical rainforest, lakes and high mountains, an active volcano, as well as a large Maya indigenous population.
This is a 9 day 8 night trip leaving from Tijuana Airport.
Here is a video of some of the places we will go:
San Cristóbal de las Casas emerges from the valley surrounded by mountains inhabited by the Tzoltzil and the Tzatzal people. Today, it forms a mosaic of local cultures and people from all over the world who have chosen the city as their home. The main square is the heart of the city, which is a meeting place filled with residents passing by or relaxing on one of the many wrought iron benches. Visit the City Hall and the colorful Cathedral, painted in a sun-like yellow. The cathedral shelters in its interior golden altarpieces from the XVIII century. decorated with paintings by Miguel Cabrera. Explore the narrow, cobblestone streets of the traditional neighborhoods and and admire the houses painted in bright colors that are homes to quaint shops and markets. Admire the beautiful embroidery and the jewelry made from amber and wood pieces that are on display in the windows and on the shelves of the local shops.
A stunning example of nature’s architecture, you can check out Sumidero Canyon’s 3,300-foot (1,000-meter) walls in a lancha (boat) with a guide who will point out some of the canyon’s incredible flora, fauna, and its natural wonders. Mineralized caves, waterfalls of many shapes and sizes, and the awestruck feeling of your own tiny place in the world await you at this natural wonder. Travel the Canyon by boat and discover one of the most spectacular places in Mexico. Be surprised by its natural formations, such as the Christmas tree and the canyon itself, while observing the region's fauna.
This series of breathtaking waterfalls splash and descend over limestone rocks down the Tulijá River, north of San Cristóbal. Fifty-nine wildly colored lakes make up the Lagunas de Montebello National Park and about 15 of them are easily reachable on foot or by car. The varying colors are dependent on each lake’s mineral content as they are believed to have been cenotes that ate away at the limestone bedrock and filled in over time.
As one of Mexico’s most impressive set of ruins, Palenque and its jungle setting are an unmissable experience on your trip to Chiapas. Scientists have learned about this Mayan city’s history through its many hieroglyphic inscriptions and it has some of the most exquisite stone work and relief art. Though the site was buried for years in a massive forest, it’s now yours to explore!
Itinerary (Tentative and Subject to Change)
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Day One (Lodging in San Cristóbal de las Casas):
Travel Day to Chiapas Flight arrives 8:50 am
6:00 pm City tour of San Cristobal de las Casas
Day Two (Lodging in San Cristóbal de las Casas) 8:00 am to 8:00 pm:
Day Three (Lodging in San Cristóbal de las Casas) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm:
Day Four (Lodging in Palenque) 6:00 am to 5:00 pm:
Travel to Palenque, Chiapas
Day Five (Lodging in Palenque) 600 am to 6:00 pm:
Day Six (Lodging in San Cristóbal de las Casas):
Travel to San Cristobal de las Casas
Day Seven (Lodging in San Cristóbal de las Casas) 9:00 am to 4:00 pm:
Caves of Rancho Nuevo, Mamut and Arcotete
5:30 am to Airport Travel Day to Return to Tijuana (Flight Time 8:10 am)
Cost of $1,500 payable in two deposits:
First deposit due October 1, 2018, of $750.00.
Second deposit due on November 1, 2018, of $750.00.
Save $100 by paying full amount of $1,400 on October 1, 2018.
Single Traveler Supplement fee (subject to availability) is an additional $450 due one half on each deposit date or in full with discount payment
NO REFUNDS ON DEPOSITS
1. Spaces are transferable at discretion of Culturistas subject to a $250 substitution fee.
2. Any and all recuperation of any funds paid by substitutor is to be worked out with substitutee
3. Substitutees must be same gender unless authorized to by Culturista.
4. Substitutees cannot be a member of a Meetup.com group where this trip is advertised unless the event is full.
Acceptable Payment Methods:
Venmo Transfer incurring no cost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Included in Cost:
1. Plane Fare.
2. All transportation to and from airport (so long as you travel with the group on the same flight)
3. All day trip transportation for tours on itinerary.
4. Lodgings at double occupancy (see under costs additional cost for single occupancy option)
Not Included in Cost:
1. No Food or Drink (subject to any breakfasts that may be provided at no cost at hotels to be advised once bookings are confirmed)
3. Tips for tour guides and drivers (suggested when service is agreeable)
4. Mexican FMM permit (Mexican Tourist Visa)
What to Bring:
2. International credit card for emergencies and hotel deposit
3. ATM card to minimize carrying cash (your choice)
4. Mexican FMM Permit (Mexican tourist Visa as they may check at airport that you have one)
5. Hiking shoes (definitely some hiking on this trip)
6. Good hat against sun (although there will hats for sale in Chiapas as well)