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

Chihuahua

This is a city of quarry stone and clear skies. It is not strange to run into Rarámuri people on the streets, who descend from the Tarahumara Mountains to do their shopping or offer their handcrafts. It is difficult to ignore the meat cuts, the cold beer and other amenities from northern Mexico. Exploring mansions from the times of the Mexican Revolution, the cathedral, and Pancho Villa’s grave make this destination an interesting lesson in history. This is where the Chihuahua-Pacífico train route begins, which crosses the dramatic Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon). At the Naica mine, you can see the largest cave with crystals in the world, known as Cueva de las Espadas (Cave of the Swords).

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Sinaloa

The most active agricultural regions in Mexico are found in this state, which also has an important fishing fleet. It is known for banda music, its landscapes, rivers, ports as important as Topolobampo and, naturally, exquisite seafood, perhaps the best in the country. The port of Mazatlán is a favorite among beach destinations, but also because of its remarkable historical center, full of color and life.

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