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Amatenango del Valle [cultural destination] Chiapas Mx

Amatenango del Valle is one of the best places par excellence to observe the regional pottery, you can buy pots, decoration, animal figures or flowers of clay.

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How to get

Amatenango del Valle is located 38 kilometers from San Cristobal de las Casas towards Comitán. Right after the town called Teopisca.


How to get to Amatenango del Valle by public transport:

From Tuxtla Gtz to Comitán to get to Amatenango
If you are in the city of Tuxtla Gtz take a bus in the terminal ADO to San Cristobal de las Casas (SCLC), the tour lasts approximately 40min (Price $ 60), when you arrive at SCLC you will take another transport, continue reading …


From San Cristóbal de las Casas
You will have to take a transport (van) to Comitán de Domínguez, several transport terminals are located on the international highway that crosses the city between Insurgentes Avenue and Benito Juarez Street here, In this area where there are several terminals looking for which transport leads to Amatenango del Valle or passes by, is 38 km towards Comitán. Ask the driver to take you down in the area where the craft stands are.


How to get to Amatenango del Valle by car:

From Tuxtla Gutiérrez drive to the East exit (East), you can drive on the main avenue, the North or South road.

Drive to San Cristobal de las Casas on Highway 190D, the free highway has too many corners and takes longer. (caseta $ 45), after this city


Chuchrch visit


Near the road that passes through Amatenango del Valle, there is the church less than 250m.

About of

Destination / attraction
Amatenango del Valle Town
Amatenango del Valle


Meaning of the name
In Nahuatl language “amatenango” is interpreted as “place of amates”, this word refers to the Ficus Insipida tree called amatl by the Nahuas.

It is very possible that this region has been an important supplier of paper in pre-Hispanic times.


Amatenango del Valle is one of the best places par excellence to observe the regional pottery, you can buy flower pots, decoration, animal figures and dishes.


The group of Tzeltales that originally formed this town was invaded by Mexican troops in 1486 and after the Spanish conquest in Chiapas (1528) the document belonging to the Teopisca municipality was drafted.

At the end of the 16th century it was established as a municipal seat, and in 1712 they participated in an indigenous uprising.


You can visit this destination as part of your route in Chiapas, very advisable to visit San Cristóbal de las Casas before and also Comitán de Domínguez.

Prices for tickets, activities and transportation may vary over time.

Where to eat

Teopisca town, place to eat.


Less than 4 kilometers from Amatenango is the town of Teopisca, the restaurants near the central park are family friendly.