San Cristóbal de las Casas is a magical, chic, international town high up in the Sierra Madre mountains. Magical, in part, because it is surrounded by Mayan villagers whose ancestors built the great cities of Palenque and Bonampak. Today they live in largely autonomous communities with feet planted in both the traditional and modern worlds. They speak their own languages, make their own clothes, practice a syncretic religion blending Catholicism and native ideas but also use cell phones and WiFi. The legacy of colonialism, liberation theology and the Zapatista rebellion of 1994 are all part of the story. We’ll use San Cristobal as our homebase while we explore this really special world.
-Travel to a little known and magnificent Mayan ruin described by travel writer Nick Rider as “no better example of might and awe in the Mayan World”.
- Intimate visits with wildly talented Mayan craftspeople and lots of opportunities to buy maker direct.
- Time at a ceremonial center, again quoting Rider “which may be one of the most intense religious centers anywhere“. Couldn’t agree more. It’s a very moving place and a deep dive into syncretism.
- Boat ride through a stunning natural canyon and visits to caves.
-A food experiences that ranges from four star to home cooking with lots of delving into local cuisine.
- DEPOSITS & PAYMENTS
Your $500 deposit is non refundable and holds your place. Final non refundable payment is due 30 days before the start of the trip. Please be committed to this trip Failure to make your final payment in 30 days before the trip may forfeit your deposit and your place. We only offer refunds if the tour is cancelled because of government imposed restrictions and or lockdowns in which case there there will be a full refund This is the rare exception to our no refund policy. We feel we have to offer this as planning travel under Corona has uncertainties.
Medical Travel insurance will be required for this trip as we will be in a remote location. We also recommend trip cancellation insurance as well for your own peace of mind. Lots of people like https://www.travelinsure.com and they cover both
Some thoughts on Corona - The last thing I want is the gringa tourist bringing death and disease to vulnerable indigenous populations. We all know how that turned out in the past. All tour goers will need proof of current Covid vaccinations. I know there may be those among you who are unable to get vaccinated because of medical vulnerabilities and I am sorry but no exceptions.
We’ll meet for a light meal in our cozy hotel and have a little meet and greet.
We’re high up in the mountains so maybe a little chilly and time for warm drinks