Day 1: Tuxtla Gutierrez- San Cristobal de las Casas. Welcome to Chiapas Airport, transfer to Hotel selected, Casa vieja or similar,
Day 2: San Cristobal de las Casas - Sumidero Canyon. Tour for the Sumidero Canyon. It is an awe inspiring canyon whose dramatic cliffs of up to one kilometer high and the river's depth of up to 100 meters deep dwarf anything in its presence. We took a boat ride along part of the canyon which was most enjoyable. Wild monkeys and iguana inhabit the area. Return to San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 3: San Cristobal De Las Casas - Zinacantan - San Juan Chamula. After breakfast we will take a tour to San Juan Chamula, about 11 km / 7 mi north-west of San Cristóbal, is the ceremonial center of the Chamula Indians, the largest Tzotzil-speaking group. A large number of the more than 40,000 Chamulas live in surrounding small settlements. As is often the case in the mountain villages of the Maya tribe, three large crosses, symbolizing the tree of life, can be seen in the village and on the hills. It is worth visiting the small church in which people burn candles in memory of their dead. Catholic rites and old Mayan myths blend intensely here and Zinacantán Villages. By evening you´ll have a city tour in this Village. Hotel in San Cristobal de las Casas.
Day 4: San Cristobal de las Casas - Agua Azul - Misol Ha - Palenque. Breakfast and and transfer to Palenque, on the way visit Agua Azul cascades, is a long series of glittering cascades coursing over kilometers of lush valleys in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains. The powerful, shimmering falls, white water and deep, clear pools, rush through steaming jungle about 50km from the town of Palenque. With sparkling turquoise water set against a deep green jungle background, the falls are probably one of the most spectacular natural attractions in México and Misol-Ha. Misol-ha is a 35 meters height cascade which flows out in a basin where the bathe is possible. A small way passes behind the cascade and leads to a small cave where an underground river and a cascade flow out. Arrival to Palenque and hotel selected.
Day 5: Yaxchilan and Bonampak. Breakfast and lunch in tour to visit Bonampak and Yaxchilan, Bonampak is an ancient Maya site in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, about 30 km (20 miles) south of the larger site of Yaxchilan and the border with Guatemala.It is small Maya site, which was a dependency of Yaxchilan. All of the structures seem to have been built in the period from about 580 to 800. Bonampak was rediscovered in 1946 by photographer Giles Healy, who was led to it by the Lacandon Maya who still visited the site to pray in the ancient temples.
Bonampak contains several medium-sized temples around a plaza, along with a few well carved stelae, but is famous for the murals in one of the buildings. Yaxchilan, This was a large center, important throughout the Classic era, and the dominant power of the Usumacinta area. It dominated such smaller sites as Bonampak, and was long allied with Piedras Negras and at least for a time with Tikal; it was a rival of Palenque, with which Yaxchilan warred in 654.
Yat-Balam, founder of a long dynasty, took the throne on 2 August, 320 when Yaxchilan was a minor site. The city-state grew to a regional capital and the dynasty lasted into the early 9th century. Yaxchilan had its greatest power during the long reign of King Shield Jaguar II, who died in his 90s in 742. Yaxchilan is known for the large quantity of excellent sculpture at the site. Hotel selected in Palenque.
Day 6: Palenque - Villahermosa. After breakfast, tour to the archaeological site of Palenque, is a Maya archaeological site near the Usumacinta River in the Mexican state of Chiapas, located about 130 km south of Ciudad del Carmen. It is a medium-sized site, much smaller than such huge sites as Tikal or Copán, but it contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, and bas-relief carvings the Maya produced. Transfer to Villahermosa for last night in Villa. Hotel selected.
Day 7: Breakfast and transfer to airport. End of services.
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