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Address: Chiapas | Sur de Mexico, 29320, Mexico

This Del Pueblo Temple embodies a blend of prehistoric, Mayan and Catholic...

This Del Pueblo Temple embodies a blend of prehistoric, Mayan and Catholic traditions and influences

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Chamula and Zinacantan Indigenous Villages Tour
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City Tour of San Cristobal de las Casas and Surrounding Communities

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One of the weirdest places that I've visited

The atmosphere in this town is unlike any other that I have seen. The natives are certainly not friendly. You must be very careful when taking photographs and need to pay for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Alan H
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The atmosphere in this town is unlike any other that I have seen. The natives are certainly not friendly. You must be very careful when taking photographs and need to pay for almost anything that you do. However it does have a couple of key attractions. The cemetery that we visited just after the day of the dead was spectacular,decked... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was something new for me. The church itself has alsorts going on. Moonshine, sacrifice, you name it. I felt intrusive and the atmosphere is a little weird. So unusual the mix of beliefs is that you have to see it. On Sunday is the time to go. Collectivos from San Cristobal leave from next to the market, cost 15... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on Sunday so found the full market and many people in the church. Rituals were as others have described - no photography means you really digest what you see at the time. Market sellers definitely did not want photos taken. A great experience but make sure you go on Sunday to get the market if you can!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here with a guide from San Cristobal and the experience was amazing. The village life is fascinating. To see and hear about the local customs was very interesting. My favorite was the church, which was unlike any church I have ever seen. Really a must do. I recommend going with a guide to get a full understanding of... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

No doubt that this place is unique. The church atmosphere and ceremonies are things that you don't see in other places. Must have a guide for two reasons : 1. In order to understand what's going on. 2. In order to understand the rules of this place. Otherwise you might feel very uncomfortable. Surely worth a visit.

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Mount Tamborine, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Didn't see a lot of the town or take too many snaps (the locals tend to throw stones at you) but we did visit The Church in San Juan Chamula. We've never been in a church like this anywhere in the world. I'm not a believer but his church was fantastic, we stayed in it for ages, the place was... More 

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Cabo San Lucas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

I read a prior comment that reflects our experience. The place is very spiritual, even magical with hundreds of candles blazing as you enter. Traditional Mayans are performing their ancient rituals including whacking a chicken or two, and definitely consuming the local hooch as they do so. But in a spiritual way of course! All of this is very interesting,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Nice community only 20 minutes away from San Cristobal. We took a "Collectivo" (cost 30 pesos for two people) and got there to visit the main church. The entrance costs around ... Pesos and as you get in you would be not allowed to take picture, read, drink or anything. There are several people making some rituals with Coke and... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We visited San Juan de Chamula and Zinacantan with Cesar. It was an incredible tour. Cesar is a fluent English speaker, and he is helpful, insightful, and deeply passionate about indigenous culture and language. He walked us through the town, introducing us to local residents, and explaining how we might respectfully observe a religious procession that was happening during our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Tip: Get a Guide! This is a very special experience and it's worth every cent investing in a guide. English speaking guides advertise online, or locals at the church (charge USD 3.5-8 total). This is an active house of worship unlike any church I've been privileged to visit. There is an ocean of candles (thousands) and worshippers undertake ritual of... More 

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