SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS

 

In San Cristobal, more than foreigners, there are converts: travelers who arrived here and fell in love with this Colonial town with a Pre-Hispanic spirit. By simply visiting its markets one can observe that, the wealth of local cultures has found a space for expression in this place, definitively a place to be seen. From the typical attire, made of textiles full of color and different styles, you can recognize the diversity of its people. Here, the Spanish heritage can be witnessed in the architecture and culture.

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Popular Art

     
       

The convergence of different Chiapas ethnic groups has given San Cristobal a vein of artisan wealth without comparison. Along its tourist walkway, it is possible to find exquisite jewelry pieces made of amber or jade, delicate examples of filigree or complicated works in forged steel. Whether in commercial galleries or in the street market – which gathers daily in front of the Santo Domingo church – the collector will have access to a wide array of ceramics, woodwork and textiles, all examples of proverbial Mayan artisanship.

 

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Traditions and Customs

     

San Cristobal is the focus of the Chiapas mountainous area, and the region’s ethnic groups coincide there: native Tzotzil with Tzeltal Zoque and Choles. The attire, the type of skirt, the huipil weave and the chosen colors are clues to tell them apart. The place conserves ancient customs, like the one for Dulce Niño de Jesus or the revelry of the Fiesta Grande. It is traditional to see, in those dates, allegorical and potbellied cars; to listen to serenades or marimbas; to try sopa de pan, atole de granillo and manchamantel. Remember the street lights with red cellophane: that is where tamales are sold.

 

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States that make up

Yucatan

THaving some sorbet on Montejo Avenue, discovering the grandness of Chichen Itza or trying the best cochinina pibil in the country are only some of the attractions of a state that has become famous over its independent spirit. Yucatec people, inheritors of the Maya culture, are so different from the rest of the country that their towns and cities also reflect this particular vision.

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Quintana Roo

Before the large tourist developments of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo was a single thing: jungle that meets the Caribbean Sea. And still today, this stretch that welcomes travelers from the whole world continues to be fascinating because of the same fundamental reason: the turquoise sea. The Meso-American coral reef begins in front of its coasts, which is the second largest in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier. From Cancun to Bacalar, the diversity in options is huge: large resorts to small boutique hotels, although the attraction is always the same, the sea.

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