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.

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Key Stats

Flight from London London

10:50 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -6 hrs

San Juan de Chamula is one of the most interesting places in the region. Although it doesn't look like much on first impression, the church at San Juan de Chamula is unlike any other.

The locals banished the priest about 30 years ago because his Catholic teachings didn't allow for any of their traditional religious beliefs, and now their pagan rituals are practiced inside the church.

Inside, the floor is covered with fresh pine needles and coca cola bottles. Locals gather around candles on the floor (there are no pews) sacrificing chickens, rubbing eggs on each other and drinking coca cola.

Tourists are allowed to enter the church, but photography is strictly forbidden and can lead to severe penalties.


Where to stay

Parador San Juan De Dios

Parador San Juan De Dios

Located in the oldest part of town, Parador San Juan is a converted hacienda that offers guests an authentic yet luxurious experience.

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabnal

Quinta Chanabal is a modern Mayan palace, and is just a ten minute drive from the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque.

Pool at Casa Oaxaca, luxury hotel in Mexico

Casa Oaxaca

Housed in an 18th Century colonial house, Casa Oaxaca has been painstakingly restored and modernised to create a designer boutique hotel.

Hotel Bo

Hotel Bo

In complete contrast to most San Cristobal hotels, Hotel Bo is a design forward boutique hotel, located a short stroll from the heart of town.

Quinta Real

Quinta Real

Built in 1576, Quinta Real Oaxaca was formerly a convent, before being taken over and turned into municipal offices at the height of political turmoil in 1862. Restoration began in 1972, under the watchful eye of The National Institute of Anthropology and History, with the beautiful frescoes restored by experts, and artistic treasures repaired.

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