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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Estados que Integran la Ruta

Queretaro

Queretaro has a capital by the same name, one of the most beautiful cities in the Bajío, full of history and traditions. Downtown, there are churches and Baroque buildings, as well as museums with excellent painting collections. The state is located at a crossroads, both historical and geographic. It was the stage for conspiracies that resulted in the Independence movement. It has natural areas that are breathtaking, such as the Gorda Mountains, which attract more than one adventurous traveler.

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Guanajuato

This is the ideal city to get lost among its streets which twist, cross and end in wonderful plazas full of history but also restaurants, bars, coffee shops and stores. Guanajuato was one of the richest cities during the Colony and this abundance is reflected in its churches, monasteries, theaters and museums. It is also a birthplace of the Independence movement, and venue of one of the most important cultural festivals in the continent.

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Jalisco

Between tequila, music and the cultural wealth of Jalisco, there is never enough time to visit one of the states with most drive in the country. From movements and proposals by young people in the cities, to the natural beauty of its coasts, Jalisco has become renowned throughout the world. However, it is thanks to the popularity of tequila that this destination is particularly delicious. Art galleries, museums, Pueblos Magicos, nature and first-rate gastronomy make this place an obligated stop.

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