Oaxaca and Chiapas
Colourful indigenous markets, delicious food and exquisite colonial churches define Oaxaca, a town where ancient tradition has a strong presence. Wander through the narrow winding streets or head out of town and visit awe-inspiring ancient ruins. Chiapas, Mexico's southernmost state, is brimming with natural wonders; explore Mayan ruins shrouded in rich jungle and beautifully rugged canyons.
At the centre of Mexico’s indigenous heartland lies the picturesque town of San Cristobal de las Casas, a charming blend of colonial architecture and indigenous culture. Its surroundings include the mighty 800m deep Sumidero Canyon; the Lacandon Jungle, one of the largest areas of tropical rainforest in Mexico; the Agua Azul waterfalls with their startling turquoise pools and Palenque, arguably the most beautiful of all the ancient Mayan ruins in its exotic jungle setting.
Oaxaca City, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
Casa Oaxaca is an 18th-century colonial house in the heart of Oaxaca, which has been completely remodelled to create an oasis of tasteful calm. The hotel also has one of the city's finest restaurants - a temple to the inventive cuisine of Oaxaca.
Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
A design feat, Hotel Terrestre is an idyllic contemporary oasis, constructed entirely of locally sourced materials, complementing the vibrant landscape of the Oaxacan coast. The retreat is home to fourteen villas, pools, spa and restaurant.
Boutique Quinta Chanabnal
Palenque, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
Close to the world-famous Mayan archaeological site of Palenque, the Quinta Chanabnal evokes a Mayan palace complex, and combines traditional pre-Hispanic designs and contemporary sophistication to create an enchantingly romantic boutique hotel.
San Cristobal de las Casas, Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico
Hotel Bo, fabulously located in San Cristobal de las Casas, one of Mexico’s most picturesque and interesting colonial towns, is a chic and contemporary design hotel that provides a superb base for exploring the rich and colourful Maya heritage of Chiapas.