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San Juan Chamula, Pacific Coast

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Religious Site
Head to San Juan Chamula to meet an almost completely indigenous population of roughly 76,000 people. Around 149 different groups of people have been identified among the population of the city, which has its own police force and enjoys no outside military or police intervention. Head to the church of San Juan, the main attraction of the local area. The small church features white walls adorned with vibrantly colored blue and green ceramics, which decorate the windows and doors. Arrange to visit San Juan Chamula and other attractions in San Cristobal de las Casas using our San Cristobal de las Casas vacation generator.
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  • We were lucky to visit the town on a day when a lot of celebrations were going on. We found the whole experience fascinating. The colourful costumes were really amazing, it was a little like stepping ...  more »
  • The small town San Juan Chamula, (10km/6 miles from San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas) is the specific town of the Tzotzils Maya people, like neighboring Zinacatan. San Juan Chamula has its own poli...  more »
  • This town if one of the most gorgeous and magnificient I ever saw... and you may wonder why when having the privilege to walk on its street. A spiritual voyage in those small streets where locals are ...  more »
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  • if one wants an out of body experience while visiting san cristobal one must go to chamula. there is no way to describe what one can experience as words will not suffice. be assured that one will leave thinking they have visited another planet. so amazing so wonderful so wild. just do it and you will be thrilled you did. one word of advise, respect the local traditions and do not take fotos that have not been approved. and do not try sneak fotos, you will be sorry that you did....
  • The church is a must to understand the tradition of this community. The inside was overwhelming
  • Definitely worth a visit. The perfect way is the horse ride from Can Cristoval. Over there you also discover a very special use of coca cola... Sunday street market of local tribes is very authentic.
  • The magic in this church is unique. Do not miss visit it !
  • The customs still observed there are profoundly telling of our rich past and connection to nature. Outside, the farmers are more than picturesque...they are deeply involved in a post native culture. This seems to be a fascinating blend of time between Mayans, Catholics, Mexicans, and well removed mountain cultures. Zapatistas and Orozco vernacular. Haven't been there since 2010/2011, but guessing nature is strongly the driving force there still.