Your cultural bike journey begins with hotel pickup in Tuxtla Gutiérrez or San Cristóbal de las Casas. Departing from San Cristóbal on your mountain bike, prepare to cover approximately 20 miles (32 km) in all of moderate, single-track terrain. Explore Chiapas’ indigenous villages and enjoy spectacular views of the verdant mountains and valleys along the way.
Fuel up with a snack when you arrive at San Juan Chamula in the Chiapas Highlands (own expense). Chamula is a town inhabited by indigenous Mayans known as Tzotzil, most of whom speak their native dialect. Hear about the many things that make this community distinct, such as their autonomous, self-policing status, and learn about the traditional clothes, religion and language of the people here. See the Church of San Juan Bautista, where Catholicism and the local Mayan religion blend together, and visit a traditional Mayan market known for its vibrant colors.
Continue biking while enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. Upon reaching Zinacantán, take a break with a traditional lunch of quesadillas, beans and organic coffee with a local family at their home. Watch them prepare the food and learn about their day-to-day life and customs.
After lunch, head out to explore the village’s Church of San Lorenzo and learn about the local culture. Then embark on the ride back to San Cristóbal de las Casas, where the trip ends with hotel drop-off.