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San Cristobal de las Casas

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Get out
Most colectivos depart next to the ADO bus terminal. A colectivo to Tuxtla costs approximately $50,-. There is no direct colectivo to Chiapa de Corzo, instead you take one to Tuxtla, the driver will drop you off at the junction to Chiapa. From there you can take a local colectivo downtown, or walk.
A tour to two of the '''local indigenous villages''', [[San Juan Chamula]] and Zinacantan is found at 9:30AM at the plaza in front of the cathedral, next to the Zocalo. Alex Cesar and Raul are always there and everyone who appears is accommodated. They speak many languages and this visit really needs a guide, so you understand the interesting things you will observe. They supply transportation and entrance fees. The tour returns around 2:30PM (lunch time in Mexico). In the spring of 20072019, this tour cost 180 250 pesos ($16 US). Note: Alex and Raul went their separate ways at the end of 2007 and Raul now works with an English-speaking guide called Caesar [www.alexyraultours.wordpress.com].  Alex has set up a tour company called '''Cielo y Tierra Tours''' that offers private tours to Chamula and Zinacantan as well as several of the other more remote Maya villages, including Tenejapa, San Andres Larrainzar and San Pedro Chenalho. There's information about all their tours on their website. Private tour for two costs $750 MXN (pesos) per person. [http://www.cieloytierratours.com] [Cielo y Tierra Tours does not operate anymore].
*'''El Arcotete''' - The Arcotete is one of San Cristóbal´s best kept secrets. Similar to Rancho Nuevo but much nicer and closer to San Cristóbal, located about 5-10km from the City in the direction of Tenejapa (signs are well placed to find El Arcotete). 10 pesos per vehicle. Recently remodeled into a park offering nice walking grounds surrounded by Pine trees, picnic areas, and nice look out vantage points. A great day trip to spend a couple of hours or the whole day enjoying a picnic or a pickup soccer game. It costs 5 pesos to enter the part of (Las Grutas) The Caves. El Arcotete will provide a wonderful experience enjoying Natures work at best. Check it out for yourself.
*[http://www.orchidsmexico.com/ '''Orquideas Moxviquil'''] - Periferico Norte #4 Barrio Ojo de Agua, San Cristobal de las Casas. 9 till 16.00 daily. 6785727. A beautiful botanical garden 1.5 kilometers from the town center. For a small entrance fee one can enjoy over 400 species of native plants all that have been rescued by the founder Cisco. In 1994 Cisco began a campaign to rescue a few of the discarded plants that he found on his wanderings through Chiapas. The collection has now grown to over 20,000 rescued plants, all from the forests of Chiapas. The grounds have beautiful areas to rest and meditate, large bodies of water and wetlands, walking trails, a growing collection of sculptural art and two beautifully designed greenhouses to highlight plants. 1. from the "Tierra Caliente" and 2. plants from the Lagos de Montebello. Be sure to bring a camera. Come and enjoy!
*'''El Chiflón''' - El Chiflón is a series of waterfalls and pools reminiscent of Agua Azul or Semuc Shampey a few hours from San Cristóbal. To get there, take a bus or van to Comitán (1.5 hours, 40 60 pesos), and another van heading to Socol or Tuxtla and ask to be let off at the entrance to El Chiflón (40 minutes, 25 35 pesos) - it's just 1km from the road to the entrance. 30 pesos to get in, it includes a small museum explaining the formation of the river, a space to see iguanas, campsite, and some amazing vivid blue pools to bathe in. The trail itself is fairly short, a little less than 1.5km, but at the end you have an amazing view of a huge waterfall, Velo de la Novia, which definitely makes it worth your while. There are some small ziplines across the river as well, but the place has a much less touristy feel than Agua Azul, mostly it's frequented by Mexican families. Tours of el Chiflón cost 350 pesos (July 2013) and include the Lagos de Montebello.
*[[Laguna Miramar]] - Visit one of the most beautiful lakes in the Lacantun Jungle in the south of Chiapas. Visiting Laguna Miramar requires planning and organization. It is inside Zapatista territory. Do not attempt to go there without a guide. Do bring everything you will need, there is nothing to buy there.
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