Trips & Activities

Tours & Actividades

Learning at the San Cristóbal Language School is not limited to the classroom Spanish lessons. The San Cristóbal Language School offers our students opportunities to tour some of Mexico’s most important historical sites, natural reserves, and to participate in a wide variety of cultural events.


In order to expose our students to the rich cultural heritage and history of Chiapas and specifically San Cristóbal de las Casas, we offer—generally on weekday afternoons—a wide variety of activities, including those listed below.

  • Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, with our professional instructor from Colombia Silvana
  • Cooking Classes
  • History
  • Spanish & Cultural Awareness
  • Customer Service & Business in Mexico
  • Movie Nights
  • Coffee Socials
  • Indigenous Cultures
  • Bridging Anglo and Latino Cultures by Professor Sariñana

Day Trips

The San Cristóbal Language School is ideally located in the middle of the Mayan country and tropical jungle of Lacandona. Each week we offer our students day trips to: 

  • Chamula & Zinacantan $ 250 pesos
    ($ 25 us 9 am to 2 pm)
  • Cañon del Sumidero $ 300 pesos
    ($ 30 9 am to 3 pm)
    (Almost 3 hrs along Grijava River in a boat)
  • Hiking Tour: Huitepec is a 135 hectare reserve $ 300 pesos
  • Lagos de Montebello & Chiflon $ 400 pesos
    ($ 40 usd 9 am to 7 pm)
  • Palenque (Agua Azul & Misolha) $ 450 pesos
    ($ 45 usd 6 am to 9:30 pm)
  • Rancho Nuevo:  extensive cave system was discovered in 1947. $300 pesos



Overnight Trips

The San Cristóbal Language School also offers overnight trips to the many amazing sites and locations around the state of Chiapas, Mexico. 

  • Boca de Cielo: Beach, Sun & Sand on the Pacific Ocean $ 200 usd/ $ 2,000 pesos  todo incluido.
  • Palenque
  • Volcan Chichonal
  • Lagos de Colón


More about our tours:

 Hiking Tour: 

Huitepec, natural ecological reserve

The Huitepec is a 135 hectare reserve whose mission is to rescue a small part of one of the world’s most threatened ecosystems, the cloud forest. The reserve is situated on the eastern side of a 10 million-year-old volcano at a 5 km distance from San Cristobal and has a beautiful 2km trail that winds up, around and down the volcano through the cloud forest.  $ 300 pesos




 Rancho Nuevo Caves

At just 10 km distance from San Cristobal de Las Casas, this extensive cave system was discovered in 1947. With its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, it is 10.2 km long and reaches a debth of 550 meters. The part of the caves that is available to visitors is an easy walk of about a kilometer. $ 300 pesos/$ 30 US






 Montebello Lakes

On the border with Guatemala, after a 2 hour drive from San Cristobal, are the Montebello Lakes (Lagos de Montebello). There are over 50 lakes here, with 8 of the lakes easily accessible. The lakes reflect turquoise, blues and greens, and coupled with the scenic backdrop of the surrounding mountains and forests, the area is great for a serene and relaxing day’s exploration.

Small boats and makeshift rafts, made from tree trunks tied together, are available for hire at most of the larger lakes, in case you want to go out on the water to get a view from the lakes themselves or to swim from the raft.

So, if you like swimming in natural waters, pack your swimming gear, though changing facilities are limited. The air is sweet and pure at Montebello Lakes, and even during busy times, you’ll be able to find a quiet corner to just sit and ponder, surrounded by some of nature’s most beautiful creations. $ 400 pesos/ $ 40 US

Sumidero Canyon

The Sumidero Canyon (Cañon del Sumidero) is located about 72 km from San Cristobal de Las Casas. Its cliffs are 900 meters above sea level and overlook the Grijalva River, which extends across the states of Chiapas and Tabasco and flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The result of a geological fault, the canyon’s importance and cultural symbolism for the people Chiapas are so great that its silhouette is the base of the Coat of Arms of the state of Chiapas. The Sumidero Canyon is home to a great variety of wildlife including crocodiles and egrets.  $ 300 pesos/ $ 30 US






Palenque, Maya Archaeological Site

At a distance of approximately 5 hours, the ancient Maya city of Palenque, with its beautiful jungle setting and exquisite architecture and decoration, is one of the marvels of Mexico. It contains some of the finest architecture, sculpture, roof comb and base-relief carvings the Maya produced and fascinates visitors from all over the world. Also we stop in Agua Azul & Misolha.

We leave at 6 am and go back at 10 pm.

Price $ 45 usd 







Zinacantan & San Juan Chamula, indigenous villages

San Juan Chamula, at 7 km distance from San Cristobal, is the best known indigenous village in Chiapas, mainly being famous for its unique blend of traditional Maya rituals and Catholicism to be seen in their church. The chapel is lit by hundreds of candles placed in front of statues of various saints and spread out on the church floor; the air is filled with the smoke and sweet smell of incense and there are groups of people kneeling on the floor amidst pine needles performing prayers and rituals.

Zinacantan, at another 4 km beyond San Juan Chamula is also a predominantly Tzotzil Maya community, but has its own traditions, its own rituals and its own traditional clothing, very different from San Juan Chamula, despite its proximity.

The trip to these two indigenous communities includes visits to the churches, the market and a visit to the home of a local family. $ 25 US

Horseback Riding


The horseback ride to San Juan Chamula involves a 1.5 hour trip through trails to this indigenous village. The horses are calm and no prior horseback riding experience is necessary.

$ 30 US







Bonampak & Yaxchilan

Tour Bonampak-Yaxchilan saliendo de Palenque:                        Tour Bonampak-Yaxchilan, leaving from Palenque

 * Terminamos en San Cristobal de las Casas a las 7 pm

 1).- Tour de Un dia $ 1,050 pesos por persona                            * One Day Tour  $ 95 US

       tour Bonampak-Yaxchilan saliendo de Palenque,

    Empieza a las 6 am y termina a las 7 pm en San Cristobal           It starts at 6 am and ends at 7 pm in San Cristobal de las Casas.

 2).- Tour de 2 dias $ 1,650 pesos por persona                          * 2 Day Tour $ 145 US

       Salimos a las 6 am ambos dias y terminan a las 7 pm        We leave at 6 am and we are back at 7 pm. 

 * Este tour incluye hospedaje                                                 * This tour includes place to stay


*Incluye:                                                                               *It includes:                                                                          
  * Transporte: terrestre y acuatico                                   * Transportation by land & a long Usumacinta river.                                            
  * Entradas                                                                          *  Fees
  * Alimentos                                                                         * Meals
* Tour de 2 dias incluye hospedaje                                * 2 day tour includes place to stay.


About our workshops:

History of Mexico


In this workshop, students and the instructor will explore Mexico’s past, stopping to analyze specific events, throughout the history of Mexico, which have influenced the current social and political state of the country.

1 hr Session $ 15 US per person. 







The Indigenous Cultures of Chiapas and the Zapatistas


In this workshop, students learn about the different groups of indigenous people who live in the state of Chiapas: their belief systems, their traditional clothing and their political and social struggles, and other aspects of their culture.  leave at 9 am and go back at 4 pm

Price $ 45 usd


Cooking classes



Cooking Classes in Mexico

Mexico Cooking Classes - Chiles

   Affordable cooking classes in Mexico offered in the UNESCO World Heritage city of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, located just 1 hour South of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. We offer 1-day or 1-week long Mexican cooking classes at our facility in the historic downtown of San Cristobal de las Casas. Our traditional Mexican cooking classes are taught in English and Spanish by our experienced chef to individuals as well as small groups from around the world looking for the perfect vacation experience.

Learn to prepare:

  • Mexican breakfast
  • Mexican lunch
  • Mexican Dinner
  • Food for Fiestas
  • Holiday Foods
  • Picnic Foods (Parrilladas)
  • Mexican Appetizers (Antojitos)
  • Salsas
  • Desserts
  • Tamales
  • Moles
  • Mexican Drinks

   Everyday in your Mexican cooking classes you will go through the full process of preparing, cooking and eating the delicious Mexican meals. During this time your teacher will lead you every step of the way, and fill you in on the historic and cultural relevance of the Mexican food you are preparing.

   We are committed to making your Mexican cooking class experience rich and rewarding! Please feel free to explore this website and contact us with your questions. We look forward to hearing from.


Cooking Class Prices

   At Casa De La Vista we are glad to offer affordable Mexican cooking classes to visitors from all over the world. Our Mexican cooking classes can be taken for one day, or one week, and there is no minimum number of students for the class. We try to keep the size of the group classes to no more than 4 people so that everybody can get personalized attention from the teacher, but if you are traveling with friends or family and your group total is above 4, we would be happy to accommodate you.


  1 day (private)  $100.00
  1 week (private)  $450.00
  1 day (group)  $55.00
  1 week (group)  $250.00
*Prices listed are the cost per person in U.S. dollars



 Salsa & Merengue Dancing

This workshop introduces the student to basic steps, which are easy to apply to many popular dances in Mexico, such as Salsa and Merengue. No experience is required and the emphasis is on having fun and gaining confidence on the dance floor.

$ 5 US hr








At the San Cristobal Language School we see it as our responsibility to our Spanish students to not only teach them about the Spanish language, but also to share with them the rich history and culture of Mexico. For more detailed examples of our excursions and activities please feel free to browse the Photos section of our website. As always, if you have any specific questions about our activities or tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.



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