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-Caves of Rancho Nuevo: it is a maze of stalactites, stalagmites and andesites in the midst of a beautiful forest of conifers, located at 12 kilometres from San Cristóbal de las Casas. The impressive hollow is more than 10 kilometres long with a terrifying depth above 500 metres.
Diverse activities take place on the surroundings, such as going on excursions, horseback rides and photo safaris, amongst others. It is advisable to visit the area during the dry season, from November to April.

-San Juan Chamula: tradition and faith still inspire life in this town of Tzotzil Indians who live passionately their religious syncretism, a mixture of Catholic rituals and ancient Mayan beliefs, a conception that was born in the XVI century, when the Spanish evangelisers adapted several elements of the pre Hispanic world in their eagerness to teach the Christian precepts.
In order to better understand the faith of the people of Chamula, travellers must attend the dominical mass in Tzotzil language, which is celebrated in the Church of San Juan Bautista, a beautiful temple built in the XVIII century. It is required to purchase a ticket before entering the building at the tourist information office in the Municipal Palace; the price is rather symbolic.
The soundness of their traditions is not only reflected in their faith, but also in the traditional costumes that the people of Chamula keep on using in spite of modernity and the galloping globalisation.
This unique and picturesque community is located 10 kilometres north of San Cristóbal de las Casas; it can be accessed through a paved road in optimum conditions.

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-Amatenango del Valle: it is a town of potters of Tzetzal origins in which clay transforms into art following the old pre Hispanic techniques. Travellers will be able to appreciate the elaboration process of pans, pitchers, flowerpots and other utilitarian and decorative objects, which can be acquired at fair prices.
The community is situated at 37 kilometres from San Cristóbal de las Casas, and it is recommendable to visit its colonial church.

-Tenejapa: it is a town of weaver women who have the magic of turning their huipiles (a sort of robe or traditional mantle) into authentic artworks, almost as amazing as the Church of San Sebastian, which shelters the limitless faith of the settlers; but this is not all, its dominical market is one of the most colourful in Chiapas.
It is located at 28 kilometres of San Cristóbal de las Casas.

-Zinacantán: the colourfulness of the flowers covering its fields gives this town of Tzotzil origin a singular beauty, turning the valley into a daydream place at just 10 kilometres from San Cristóbal de las Casas.
Besides its flowered fields, the town offers travellers attractive colonial constructions such as the Churches of San Lorenzo and San Sebastian; and the chapel of Esquipulas. Another peculiarity in Zinacantán (place of bats, in English) is in that the male Tzotzil Indians differ from their ethnical brothers in the pink colour of their costumes. In the case of the women, the items of clothing can be blue or white too.

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