Chiapas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and interesting states of the Mexican Republic.
Its territory combines mountains, tropical forests, plains, rivers, waterfalls and lagoons with the great archeological riches represented by its Mayan cities: Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Toniná and Chincultic, without mentioning its splendid examples of colonial art.
The beautiful city of San Cristobal de las Casas, founded almost 500 years ago, concentrates a large part of the state’s magnificent viceregal buildings; outstanding, for example, is the Church of Santo Domingo, with its façade richly decorated in the 18th-century baroque style, and the beautiful façade of its cathedral, also baroque.
Chiapas’s indigenous populations, direct descendants of the ancient Mayas, still conserve their rich customs and traditions; today the Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojobal and Lacandón groups live in small towns such as San Juan Chamula, Zinacantán, Tenejapa, Oxchuc, Ocosingo and Lancajá.
The pages of this guide, supported by a documented text and selected photographs, are a illustrative journey through this state with an unmistakable personality.