Visit Chiapas: How to Spend 3 Days in Chiapas Mexico
A few weeks ago my husband, in-laws and I went to Chiapas to visit my husbands’ grandfather. Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico and shares a border with Guatemala. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Chiapas. It can definitely be hard to fit it all into a short visit. We were there for three full days and one morning. If you’re planning to visit Chiapas I hope this itinerary inspires you and gives you some ideas of things you can add to your own itinerary!
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Day One: Sumidero Canyon & Chiapa de Corzo
The first thing we did in Chiapas was head to the town of Chiapa de Corzo. Chiapa de Corzo is a beautiful town that sits right beside the Rio Grijalva. The Rio Grijalva is a river that runs right through the famous Sumidero Canyon. As soon as we got there, we took a boat tour through the Sumidero Canyon. You can choose to do boat tours for different amounts of time. We chose a tour that was about two hours long but there are longer ones you can do too. During the boat tour, we saw tons of different kinds of birds and even a crocodile! Sometimes you can also see monkeys but we didn’t see any on our particular trip.
After we got off the boat, we ate lunch at a restaurant just a short walk from where the boats dock. We had chilaquiles and enjoyed a beautiful view of the river while eating. Next, we headed into the center of Chiapa de Corzo. There were lots of shops selling colorful textiles and a big, beautiful, kiosk in the town center.
Day Two: San Cristobal de las Casas
We spent our next day in San Cristobal de las Casas. It’s a beautiful, colorful city with lots of gorgeous architecture. We shopped and bought different handmade textiles and clothes at various shops. We also ate at a wonderful restaurant called Casa Lum. It’s also a hotel so if you’re planning to stay for multiple days in San Cristobal definitely check it out. Our food was amazing! I had the vegetarian gordita de hongos and it was absolutely incredible. The restaurant at Casa Lum uses puts an emphasis on using organic ingredients and they even grow the majority of their produce and herbs at a garden right in the courtyard of the restaurant and hotel’s building.
Day Three: Boca del Cielo Beach Day
On our third day, we headed to Boca del Cielo, which literally means ‘Mouth of Heaven’, for a beach day. Boca del Cielo is a beach town known for fishing in Tonalá. At low tide, there’s just water along one side of the long beach. However, at high tide, ocean water wraps all the way around the inlet creating a need for boat taxis to shuttle people to and from the beach. The side facing the open ocean is home to large waves that can be fun to play in if you’re an experienced swimmer. Meanwhile, the side that fills up only at high tide is full of calmer waters. We swam in the warm waters and enjoyed the white sand for a while before going tubing and then having lunch on the beach. After going to Boca del Cielo we visited the small town that my husband’s grandfather lives and grew up in and then headed back to our hotel.
Other Things to See and Do When You Visit Chiapas:
- Visit the Palenque Ruins and the Cascada de Agua Azul
- Visit the Chinkultic Ruins
- Go Kayaking at the Laguna Miramar
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