23 days in Chiapas & Puebla Itinerary

23 days in Chiapas & Puebla Itinerary

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Train to Amsterdam Schiphol, Fly to Villahermosa, Bus to Palenque
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Palenque
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bonampak
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ocosingo
— 1 night
Drive
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Tzimol
— 1 night
Drive
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San Cristobal de las Casas
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puebla
— 8 nights
Drive to Licenciado Benito Juarez International Airport, Fly to Brussels

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Palenque — 4 nights

Palenque remains best known for the nearby ruins of an ancient Mayan city, which probably flourished around the 7th century CE. The World Heritage-listed remnants of this settlement seem little changed by the passage of time and represent one of Mexico's finest examples of Mayan architecture.
Palenque is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Palenque, take in the dramatic scenery at Agua Azul Waterfalls, stroll through Aluxes Palenque, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Sitio de Palenque "Alberto Ruz Lhuillier".

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Palenque trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Palenque is an approximately 22-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bonampak.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Bonampak — 2 nights

On the 25th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Zona Arqueologica de Yaxchilan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Zona Arqueologica de Bonampak.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bonampak online attractions planner.

Getting from Palenque to Bonampak by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ocosingo.
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Ocosingo — 1 night

Ocosingo is a city and its surrounding municipality of the same name in the Mexican state of Chiapas. On the 27th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Tonina.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ocosingo online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bonampak to Ocosingo in 5.5 hours. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tzimol.
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Historic Sites
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Tzimol — 1 night

Tzimol is a town and one of the 119 Municipalities of Chiapas, in southern Mexico.As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 14,009, up from 11,925 as of 2005. On the 28th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Zona Arqueologica de Tenam Rosario and then admire the sheer force of Cascada El Chiflon.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tzimol day trip app.

You can drive from Ocosingo to Tzimol in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to San Cristobal de las Casas.
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San Cristobal de las Casas — 5 nights

San Cristóbal de las Casas, also known by its native Tzotzil name, Jovel, is a town and municipality located in the Central Highlands region of the Mexican state of Chiapas. Get out of town with these interesting San Cristobal de las Casas side-trips: Chiapa de Corzo (Embarcadero Cañón Del Sumidero & La Pila) and Tuxtla Gutierrez (Zoologico Miguel Alvarez del Toro, Parque de la Marimba, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo del Carmen, walk around El Arcotete Parque Ecoturístico, look for all kinds of wild species at Orquídeas Moxviquil: Botanical Garden, and learn the secrets of beer at Tomate Quesillo Walking Food Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Cristobal de las Casas route planning website.

Getting from Tzimol to San Cristobal de las Casas by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in San Cristobal de las Casas can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to fly to Puebla.
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Puebla — 8 nights

City of Angels

Recognized as a World Heritage Site thanks to its photogenic colonial buildings, Puebla remains one of Mexico's top destinations for architecture enthusiasts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Puebla: San Pedro Cholula (La monarca, Zona Arqueológica de Cholula, &more) and San Andres Cholula (Tonantzintla & Museo Regional de Cholula). There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Africam Safari, walk around Zocalo, pause for some serene contemplation at Templo San Francisco Acatepec, and make a trip to Street of Candies.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puebla online trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from San Cristobal de las Casas to Puebla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Cristobal de las Casas in January, expect nights in Puebla to be much colder, around 5°C, while days are little chillier, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Side Trips
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Chiapas travel guide

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Waterfalls · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Mexico's southernmost state, Chiapas encompasses a relatively compact area that packs quite a punch when it comes to natural attractions. Chiapas tours lead visitors through a mountainous area dotted with pristine lakes, national parks, and friendly pueblos largely unspoiled by mass tourism. The city of San Cristobal acts as a natural base for many Chiapas holidays, featuring everything from centuries-old churches to trendy bars. Day-trip ideas from this lively urban center include tours of nearby Mayan ruins and visits to one of Mexico's remotest biosphere reserves. At the far south of the state, you'll likely have one of the last stretches of the country's relatively undeveloped coastline all to yourself.
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