Things to do in Oaxaca and Chiapas

Oaxaca and Chiapas: the states of cultural traditions, vibrant colour and ancient ruins. There may be no better way to experience a world famous Mexican tradition than at the Day of the Dead Celebrations in Oaxaca, while to enjoy bright colours that are all made from natural sources, visit a Oaxacan craft market. In Chiapas, visit Palenque, an archaeological site dating back to around 220BC or the site of Yaxchilan, deep in the jungle, to explore its mazes, tunnels and temples. These two states are brimming with culture and things to do, so take a look at our top recommendations below for more.

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San Juan de Chamula

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

The fairly banal (in comparison) exterior does not prepare you for the surreal goings-on inside, and to see it really is to believe it. Read more

Yaxchilan & Bonampak

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

Gaining access to the Yaxchilan site is notoriously difficult, meaning very few visitors make the trip. However we have had a word with our Mexican friends, and have managed to pull a few strings… Read more

Gastronomy in Oaxaca

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

Mexican cuisine was recently granted UNESCO World Heritage status, making this the first national cuisine to merit such exalted eminence. We’re yet to hear how the French have reacted to this slight, but while we wait, head to Mexico’s epicurean epicentre, Oaxaca. Read more

Arts & Crafts in Oaxaca

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

Forget the food (OK, ignore that) - Oaxaca is also Mexico’s craft capital. We can arrange visits to artisanal villages such as Teotitlan del Valle where you will see local craftsmen in action and learn how they weave carpets using natural plant and animal dyes to create the unmistakably colourful... Read more

Day of the Dead Celebrations

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

The Day of the Dead festival takes place from Halloween until the night of the 2nd November, and this most Mexican of events is best experienced in Oaxaca. Read more

Zapotec Ruins of Monte Alban

Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

Dating back to 500BC, the impressive Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán lie just 6 miles from the city of Oaxaca, and so are a must-visit in our humble opinion. Read more


Central America > Mexico > Oaxaca & Chiapas

Located on the western edge of the Mayan empire within the state of Chiapas, the ancient and UNESCO protected site of Palenque is one of the most outstanding, and well preserved archaeological sites in the region. Read more

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