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Chiapas—Literary and Social Movements


Students will be housed in double rooms in a simple but comfortable hotel near the colonial center of San Cristobal de las Casas for the duration of the program. Overnight week-end trips include a hotel of similar quality. 

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Meals are not provided as part of the program fees, but students will have access to a full kitchen in the hotel and will be well equipped to prepare meals on their own. A welcome and farewell meal will be provided by the program.

Excursions and Day Trips

The program includes two week-end excursions on the first and third week-ends to area communities, archaeological sites and natural wonders; other day trips are possible on Fridays. The last week-end will remain open with the possibility of organizing a community project by invitation and in collaboration with locals.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Mexico

Mexico is a culturally rich and diverse country. While Spanish is the official language, the government recognizes 68 Mexican indigenous languages. The state of Chiapas is the southernmost of Mexico’s 31 states with the capital being located in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez. It is home to one of the largest indigenous populations in the country with twelve federally recognized ethnicities that historically have been under some type of colonial/post-colonial subjugation. As a result of the 1994 Zapatista uprising many indigenous groups have succeeded in obtaining new rights for themselves. The area of Chiapas is surrounded by impressive Mayan ruins and temples such as Palenque, that date back to 226 BC. 

Currency: Mexican Peso (MXN)

Language Spoken: Spanish and Western Mayan languages of Tzotzil, Tseltal and Ch’ol

Weather and Climate

San Cristóbal de las Casas enjoys a mild climate all year round due to the fact that it is almost 7000 feet above sea level. High temperatures in July can reach only 73°F with the lows dropping to 50°F. Temperatures are ideal to enjoy outdoor activities at any time although summers can be humid and rainy; prepare with breathable waterproof clothing and a light jacket.

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