Mysteries of the Mayan World

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico

Feb 25 - Mar 6, 2022
Group size: 7 - 10
Mysteries of the Mayan World
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico

Feb 25 - Mar 6, 2022
Group size: 7 - 10

About this trip

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. 

Highlights of the Trip Include

-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. 

Terms and Conditions


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 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. 

What’s included

  • Transportation
    Comfortable and private vans
  • Lodging
    Based on double occupancy. We’ll stay in a centrally located hotel with beautiful gardens.
  • Most meals
    As outlined in the itinerary. You’ll have a chance to explore dinner on your own four evenings. San Cristoapbal has a fun pastiche if international and Mexican cuisine
  • Guide Services
    Our charming and knowledgeable guides are born and raised in San Cristobal providing us with an insiders perspective.
  • Entrance Fees
  • Educational Materials
    We’ll provide you with a Chiapas centered reading list and our personal recommendations for shopping, food and drink. Plus complimentary travel journal
  • Airfare
    You will be responsible for airfare. The closest airport is Tuxtla Guittierez about 75 minutes by vehicle fromsan Cristóbal. Shuttles are plentiful and can be arranged for an additional charge
  • Gratuity & Tips
    Completely at your discretion
  • 4 Dinners
    We want to give you the opportunity to explore San Cristobal on your own. It’s tiny, walkable and full of great restaurants. Or stay close to home and eat at our hotel. Your choice
  • Personal Shopping
    There are lots of great things to buy from market trinkets to weaving commanding large sums. We recommend budgeting about $500 to $2,000 for shopping.
  • Alchohol
    On your own Amigos.
  • Travel insurance
    INSURANCE - Medical Travel insurance will be required for this trip as we will be in a remote location. We recommend

Available options

Single supplement


Day 1
Gathering Together

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 

Your Organizer

Jewel Murphy
I’m an award winning floral designer and shopkeeper embarking on my second career which is sharing my love of Mexico, her culture and her people with you. I believe in slow travel, cultivating authentic cross cultural experiences, reciprocity, eating well and having fun when we tour. I share the best of the butcher, bakers and candlestick-makers that I have encountered in my 20 years of travel here. I’ve crafted these tours to take you places you might otherwise never see.