The definitive guide for a trip to Chiapas


The definitive guide

Chiapas is the state of the Mexican Republic with the most impressive natural landscapes; Its charm is that it is an undeveloped territory in tourism. It remains a hidden gem with its spectacular lakes, waterfalls, canyons, magical villages, and archaeological sites that inspire the feeling of finding an unknown place.

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Climate throughout the year

More than half of the territory has a warm, humid climate; in the north of the state, it rains all year round, and in the rest of the region, it rains in summer, the highest average temperature is 30, and the lowest is 17ºC, here is all the information about the climate by month.


The best seasons travel to Chiapas are:

November to February, since during the winter the weather is more pleasant plus the rainy season ends.

From March to May, these months the weather is very warm with temperatures over 40ºC, before the rains you can swim in more areas of the waterfalls and rivers.

Times to avoid:

Bridges and holiday periods, especially Semana Santa any destination in Chiapas is full of tourists and costs are higher.

June to October, these months are rainy season and in many places, it is dangerous to swim.

It is the second most biodiverse state in Mexico; traveling to Chiapas usually attracts independent travelers, backpackers, national and international families, so we will tell you about the places and activities you can do when traveling to the state:

San Cristóbal de las Casas

Located 50 minutes from the capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the magical town, its views surrounded by colonial architecture and historical legacy is the perfect invitation to sit on a terrace to drink a coffee grown by indigenous people.

Contemplating the illuminated cathedral named San Cristobal Martir, its light illuminates the 17th-century baroque style construction.

Visit the Amber Museum, where you can find more than three hundred pieces of jewelry, amulets, and art objects hand-carved by artisans.

Explore the Rancho Nuevo Caves, where you can have a family day with games, hiking trails, zip lines, climbing walls, camping, and grills, and you can also see hundreds of staircases and stalagmites.

Sumidero Canyon and Chiapa de Corzo

Tour Chiapa de Corzo to admire its handicrafts and enjoy its gastronomy. You can visit its neighborhood chapels, such as San Jacinto or El Calvario, where you can admire a magnificent Renaissance portrait carved in wood.

The Sumidero Canyon National Park is a geological fault or cliff with a height of one thousand meters and an extension of thirty-two kilometers on the Grijalva River. You can observe spectacular waterfalls, incredible biodiversity, caves, and crocodiles on the shore.

Roberto Barrios Waterfalls

The Roberto Barrios waterfalls, also known as the waterfalls of the Bastian Valley, a few minutes the town of Palenque, are staggered one after another in the middle of the tranquility of the Lacandon Jungle.

You will walk along a path down the side of a river until you reach the shallow natural pools characterized by their crystal clear turquoise blue water. During your visit, which lasts approximately 5 hours, you can enjoy the incredible scenery, observe flora and fauna, take pictures, or swim in its waters.

Montebello Lagoons

It has 6 thousand hectares of forest, which will enchant you with its beauty; also known as colored lakes, it is one of the most privileged places by nature. It has more than 59 lakes and lagoons, with different shades of water, where you can enjoy incredible adventures surrounded by impressive pine trees.

On this tour, you will sleep on a traditional raft made of logs on one of the Lagunas de Montebello National Park; you will appreciate the deep blue tone they offer in play with the sunlight. You will spend about an hour surrounded by nature, tranquility, and the possibility to learn more about flora and fauna of the place.

Chiflón or Velo de Novia (Bridal Veil)

It is a set of waterfalls formed along more than a kilometer. The view along the trail is breathtaking. At the end of the walk, you will have a reward where you can swim; if you decide to do so, make sure it is a permitted area and enjoy the turquoise blue color, you can do activities like jumping on a zip line. You can stop at the viewpoints to appreciate the view, enjoy the sound of nature and take the pictures you want.

We will walk a trail of approximately 400 meters to reach the river, it will take you from the tranquility and beauty of the forest to experience the different combinations of emotions in the river and the first and second waterfalls, where you can practice canyoning (walking, swimming, jumping from rock to rock), swimming, jumping from rock to rock, jumping into the water, sliding, climbing in the river or on the river bank) with jumps of half to 7 meters full adrenaline, or if you prefer, you can relax in one of our hammocks under the shade while listening to the sounds of the forest and waterfalls.

Lacandon Jungle

Sleeping in the middle of the spectacular jungle, being thrilled when going through the rapids of a river, and releasing adrenaline to the maximum to then relax in a hammock on the banks of a river, are just some of the experiences that Chiapas gives you in addition to living with the inhabitants of the Mayan communities. As a first approach to the Mayan world and its cosmovision, you have to start your trip to one of Mexico’s most important archaeological sites.

El Triunfo

According to the Natural Commission of Protected Areas, this forest is considered the most diverse in North and Central America. The characteristics of the Soconusco jungle make it the only one of its kind in the entire Mexican Pacific and possibly in Mesoamerica.

The natural richness is due to the amount of water that circulates through the region. The tree-filled mountains function as a sponge that absorbs all the humidity from the Pacific Ocean, resulting in a significant fog and rain.

Tacana Volcano

Located in the foothills of the Tacaná Volcano, the highest point in Chiapas at 4,093 meters, our village Talquian is a quiet community off the beaten path. There is a great variety of climates ranging from the tropical heat of the coastal plain to the cold of the high mountains, passing through one of the last mesophilic mountain forests still alive in Mexico. Unfortunately, you can only access it on foot; you can enjoy activities such as mountaineering, hiking, bonfires, flower tours, forest tours on the way to Guatemala.

Undoubtedly, a destination that over the years has developed and offers a good tourist infrastructure for you to know, have fun and marvel with incredible places for all tastes, you have to visit it, you will love it.

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