Chiapas Through the Ages
Available all year
Explore the ancient city of Izapa
Learn about the Mayan Calendar
Enjoy the history of Tapachula
Free time for shopping
Experience Mexico’s past and present as you explore the ancient Mayan archaeological site of Izapa, visit the Planetarium and learn about Mayan Cosmology wander Tapachula’s town square on a sightseeing adventure that will both educate and delight you.
From the pier, you’re journey aboard an air-conditioned bus to the ancient ruins of Izapa. From its beginnings as a small village sometime around 1500 BCE, Izapa grew into the region’s most influential cultural and commercial centre with a population of possibly up to 10,000 people at the height of its influence sometime between 60 BCE and 100 ACE.
Once foremost in the region to produce highly valued cacao, Izapa brought together many of Mesoamerica’s ancient cultures and many believe it may be the site of origin of the sacred Mayan Calendar although much study remains to be done in order to unlock these secrets. From here, you’ll travel by bus to the culturally diverse city of Tapachula whose history and heritage has been influenced not only by the Mayans, Mestizo’s and Spanish but by German, Chinese, Japanese and French immigrants as well. From here, your tour guide will introduce you to some the city’s highlights on a short walking tour around the town square. Enjoy some free time for shopping in local artisan shops for leather goods, ceramics and more. Returning by bus to your ship’s pier.
Language: English and Spanish
Remarks/requirements: Comfortable clothing and walking shoes, extra money
Walking information: 1 km walk; mostly even terrain
Wheelchair accessible: No
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