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

Guanajuato

The state of Guanajuato has it all: the city of León, which is prolific, Guanajuato of European influences, and San Miguel de Allende with its bohemian allure. Smaller, although equally beautiful, are Celaya with its cajeta (milk caramel) and Irapuato with its strawberries. All these cities are semi-hidden among plains, mountains and abrupt hills. Each one, in its own way, contributes to forming a diverse state, rich in culture, with flavours and a past like few others.

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Aguascalientes

The National San Marcos Fair placed this city on the global map, although for local tourism, Aguascalientes is an accessible destination, a great host that receives guests in a capital which stands out because of its cultural life and order. Its Colonial past is unveiled in every corner, but it is enough to move a little away from the center to discover archaeological sites like El Ocote; the Fría Mountains for camping and fishing aficionados; the dam; or Real de Asientos, its Pueblo Mágico.

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Zacatecas

Images of desert landscapes, silver mines (which are today night clubs), Baroque churches and natural reserves could all belong to different spots on the planet. However, all these have a land in common: Zacatecas. Thanks to the mining wealth, this central state had a very important role during the Colony and much later, during the Revolution. Today, there are still traces of this in buildings, monuments, and even in museums: pieces of history that have nothing boring about them.

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Jalisco

The land of tequila, charros and mariachi is much more than traditions. With Guadalajara as a leader in art, culture and gastronomy, the traveler has much to explore and visit in Jalisco; like staying in one of the most chic haciendas or country homes in Mexico, playing golf with a view of the sea in Puerto Vallarta, practicing extreme sports on the mountain, or visiting the Tequila route (the traditional or other more alternative ones thanks to boutique tequila houses).

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