20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico that Will Compel You to Go

The Mexican state of Chiapas entices visitors with captivating and natural charm.  Situated in Mexico’s southeastern corner along the Guatemalan border, this clandestine jewel merits multiple trips.  Indeed, I’ve just returned from a ten day visit, and I’m already mentally planning my return.  To help illustrate its beauty, kindly find below 20 photos of Chiapas for your viewing delight.

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico that Will Compel You to Go

The Indigenous Selling Crafts:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This ambulant Mayan vendor exemplifies all the color and beauty of the people in this region.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This ambulant Mayan vendor exemplifies all the color and beauty of the people in this region.

The Ruins of Palenque:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Temple of Inscriptions at the ruins of Palenque. The Mayan God, Pakal, was buried here.
The Temple of Inscriptions at the ruins of Palenque. The Mayan God, Pakal, was buried here.

The Agua Azul Waterfalls:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Agua Azul Waterfalls located on the Xanil River 69 KM (43 miles) from Palenque.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Agua Azul Waterfalls located on the Xanil River 69 KM (43 miles) from Palenque.

The Misol-Ha Waterfall:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This Misol Ha Waterfalls, about an hour outside of Palenque. In the foreground red ginger flowers thrive.
This Misol Ha Waterfalls, about an hour outside of Palenque. In the foreground red ginger flowers thrive.

The Church of Roberto Barrios:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This church stands at the entrance to the small town of Roberto Barrios, just thirty minutes outside of Palenque.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This church stands at the entrance to the small town of Roberto Barrios, just thirty minutes outside of Palenque.

The Roberto Barrios Local Boys:

These boys courageously climbed up this tree like monkeys and jumped into the Roberto Barrios Waterfall below.
These boys courageously climbed up this tree like monkeys and jumped into the Roberto Barrios Waterfall below.

The Roberto Barrios Waterfalls:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. These falls represent only 2 out of the 5 larger waterfalls in Roberto Barrios. Plus lesser falls lie nearby where you can swim with the locals.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. These cascades represent only 2 out of 5 larger waterfalls in Roberto Barrios. Lesser falls lie nearby where you can swim with the locals.

The Cowboy Selling Corn:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This cowboy sells some of the best Mexican corn around topped with mayo, cheese and chili. Find him on the highway road from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal.
This cowboy sells some of the best Mexican corn around topped with mayo, cheese and chili. Find him on the highway from Tuxtla Gutierrez to San Cristobal.

The Mayan Making Pillows:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This mother weaves a pillow while her daughter looks on. Outside her husband grills corn to sell on the roadside.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This mother weaves a pillow while her daughter looks on. Outside her husband grills corn to sell on the roadside.

The Courtyard in San Cristobal:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. These Angel's Trumpet flowers were omnipresent in San Cristobal. I discovered these in the courtyard of a hotel in the city center.
These Angel’s Trumpet flowers were omnipresent in San Cristobal. I discovered these in the courtyard of a hotel in the city center.

The Church of San Francisco:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de San Francisco on Calle Insurgentes. Unfortunately I was prevented from entering due to ongoing construction from the 2017 earthquake.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de San Francisco on Calle Insurgentes. Unfortunately I was prevented from entering due to ongoing construction from the 2017 earthquake.

The Church of Santa Lucia:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de Santa Lucia in San Cristobal. Built in the late 19th Century, this is my favorite church in town.
The Iglesia de Santa Lucia in San Cristobal. Built in the late 19th Century, this is my favorite church in town.  Note the scaffolding related to reconstruction from the 8.1 magnitude earthquake last year.

The Church of Santo Domingo:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo in San Cristobal de las Casas. Indigenous sell their crafts in a permanent market just below the church.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo in San Cristobal de las Casas. Indigenous sell their crafts in a permanent market just below the church.

The Church of Guadalupe:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Iglesia de Guadalupe sits atop 100 steps on the hillside in San Cristobal, Mexico. Summit and enjoy a vista of the whole city.
The Iglesia de Guadalupe sits atop 100 steps on the hillside in San Cristobal, Mexico. Summit and enjoy lovely vistas of the entire city.

The Hillside Village in San Cristobal:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. These colorful homes dot the hillside of San Cristobal. You pass them on the way to Chamula.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. These colorful homes dot the hillside of San Cristobal. You pass them on the way to Chamula.

The 16th of September Street:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This colorful motorhome was parked outside outside my hotel, the Posada la Primavera, in San Cristobal.
This colorful motorhome was parked outside my hotel, the Posada la Primavera, in San Cristobal.

The Mayan Mother and Baby:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This mother and daughter sell Mayan crafts on the streets of San Cristobal.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. This mother and daughter sell Mayan crafts on the streets of San Cristobal.

The Sumidero Canyon from Below:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The Sumidero Canyon in Chiapa de Corzo. The river has an approximate depth of 92 meters (300 feet).
The Sumidero Canyon in Chiapa de Corzo. The river has an approximate depth of 92 meters (300 feet).

The Sumidero Canyon Lookout:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. Aerial view of the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapa de Corzo. When the Spanish invaded Chiapas in the 16th century, the indigenous threw themselves from these cliffs.
20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. Aerial view of the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapa de Corzo. When the Spanish invaded Chiapas in the 16th century, the indigenous threw themselves from these cliffs.

The Chamula Market:

20 Photos of Chiapas, Mexico. The indigenous Mayans of Chamula. The women wear black goat-skinned dresses and men don cowboy hats.
The indigenous Mayans of Chamula. The women wear black goat-skinned dresses and the men don cowboy hats.

READ MORE ABOUT CHIAPAS, MEXICO 

My 5 Favorite Things to Do in Palenque, Mexico

Cruising Through the Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas

The Sunday Market in San Juan de Chamula in Chiapas: An Exotic Exploration of the Indigenous

Top 10 Things to Do in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

The Magical City of San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico

Purchasing Authentic Mexican Pottery in the Town of Amantenango del Valle

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1 Comment

  1. Chris Bailey
    February 1, 2019 / 5:11 pm

    Matt,
    Well done.
    Great photos of the Palenque area as well as San Cristobal.
    Nicely researched history synopsis.
    As a traveler on his way there by car, I would have liked to have heard about road conditions and times between spots.
    I hear some conditions can be perilous.

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