Oaxaca & the Chiapas
Ancient Mayan temples in the ruined city of Palenque
San Cristobal De Las Casas, Chiapas
Cathedral in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Natural rock formations of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca
Colourful blankets at the market in San Cristobal de las Casas
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Chillies and ground spice at a farmers market in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

Think sizzling street eats, kaleidoscopic colour and the cobblestone lanes that mark so many of the best colonial towns then add pine forests and mineral springs and you understand why you need to go.


Oaxaca & the Chiapas

Easily one of Mexico’s most colourful and captivating cities, Oaxaca (pronounced wa-hah-kah), is mild in climate and passionate of heart. The central zocalo (main square) is surrounded by impeccably restored and brightly painted colonial-era buildings; just one hour in this square and it feels as though the best of the city is being brought to you as musicians play their instruments in the park, artisans sell their handicrafts and street vendors offer up tortillas and spicy fried grasshoppers should you get peckish. Or leave your park bench to discover seriously good hole-in-the-wall restaurants serving up write-home-about regional specialties. Like carne asada: they got it. Like mezcal: they make it. Like mole: they invented it. Don’t know what these are? It’s time you found out!

Neighbouring Chiapas is an ecoparadise of waterfalls and pine-clad lake regions boasting over 50 mineral-soaked reservoirs that range in colour from turquoise to violet. The fresh air and stark beauty will cleanse the soul and help clear that deservedly mezcal-fogged head.

Suggested Oaxaca and Chiapas itineraries