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Nature Church in San Juan Chamula...
Jump in a taxi/combi from San Cristobal de las Casas and tell the driver, 'por favor, gustaria ir a Chamula'.... He will whisk you away about 25 minutes into the mountains above San Cristobal to a small village-esque place with a mix of Mexican and the predominant indigenous Tzotzil Indian culture. The landscape is made up of outlying farms, dusty meandering roads, street sellers of elote ( steamed corn kernals), and colorfully dressed Tzotzils in the main market square (zocalo'). It gets crowded these days with walking tours and even large buses frequenting the picturesque town; so come early, stay the night or late afternoon is best! One main feature is the looking white church which sits on the main square. It is filled with candles, statues of saints, pine needles on the floor, chickens, eggs and coca cola bottles! It is an eclectic mix of catholicism, maya traditions and other natural progressions. Remember no photos!! respect the people, as they are not fans of photographs of them or their children, and never inside the church. It is believed their soul will be taken away if photographed. The chickens have traditionally been sacrificed as part of the religion. The coca-cola is drank, and the subsequent belches, allow the bad spirits to be released from the body... Very colorful and interesting slice of culture to see! If you would like to go up with a walking tour, they depart every morning from the main square in San Cristobal, just ask in evening for time
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