Visit Chiapas


CGJ will be taking a small group of inquisitive travelers to the southern Mexico State of Chiapas this coming February.  In keeping with our mission statement, this trip will focus on the social stew that has been simmering in this area rich in; history, cultures, resources and natural beauty.

Using San Cristobal as our home base, we will explore this state that borders on Guatemala.  The geography of the area has assisted the preservation of some 12 different indigenous groups, most of Mayan heritage, with their own language, customs, autonomous governance and attire.  What is the impact of this colorful diversity on everyday life in Chiapas?  The group will dialog with local non-profits that have been doing great work in the area. The Zapatistas emerged from this region in the late 20th century and remain a major force in the state.  Their influence will be evident as we walk through the city.  With our local connections, we plan on visiting a Zapatista community as well as other indigenous towns where our knowledge will be expanded and preconceptions challenged.

The group will also have ample opportunity to wander the fantastic artisan markets of San Cristobal and beyond.  With its broad pedestrian shopping streets and strong European influence, San Cristobal is a safe and colorful city to explore.  If you enjoy handwoven textiles, world class gourmet food, great coffee and cultural museums, you'll love San Cristobal

A day trip to the incredible tropical Sumidero Canyon ecosystem, and an optional add-on trek to the Palenque archeological site will provide a great adventure that will give you a sense of the natural beauty that abounds in the state.

Travel Dates:
February 22 – March 2, 2017

For more information:
write to:   
call from US:     (347) 983-5084
in Mexico:         (415) 150-0025


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