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Zinacantán, Chis., Mexico
Which one should I get? That’s a question we’ve all asked or have had asked of us on many a shopping spree. We were faced with this dilemma on a visit to a Mayan women’s weaving cooperative in the small village of Zinacantán, located in the...
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Calle Dr. José Felipe Flores 36, Barrio de Guadalupe, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
Casa Felipe Flores provides an extremely pleasant and comfortable base for exploring San Cristobal, a beautiful colonial city in Chiapas which is the gateway to the spectacular Mayan ruins of Palenque, Tonina, Bonampak and Yaxchilan, as well as...
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Favio Abelardo Paniagua 54, Barrio de Guadalupe, 29230 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
Taller Lenateros is a small workshop employing about twenty people full time. They make paper with new and recycled fibers, flowers and natural dyes, and even use recycled broken CDs embedded in paper for shiny book covers. They print blank books,...
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Av Insurgentes 24, Sta Lucia, 29250 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
NW of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico, there is a small Zapatista town, an autonomous village with no support from the Federal Government. They don't want any either. The Zapatista movement is one of autonomy and democracy on a grass...
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At the edge of town in San Cristóbal is hair cutter’s row. There is a fascinating juxtaposition between the traditional clientele and the “modern options” that adorn the walls. I wasn’t brave enough to try it out for myself but enjoyed watching...
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Av 20 de Noviembre 6-8, Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
While my friend John Look went hunting for that elusive delicacy, rat soup, found in a small Mayan village near San Cristobal, I found the perfect edible rats right in town. At the only bakery on the Ecclesiastic Andador, 20 de Noviembre, you can...
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Periférico Norte 4, Ojo de Agua, 29220 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
One of the highlights of any trip to San Cristobal de las Casas is a visit to the Orquideas Moxviquil. Cisco Dietz, the owner, is a most knowledgeable person and is in love with rare plants. He designed and built the green house (pictured) for the...
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Zona Centro, 29200 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
These women, from the Village of Chamula, spend their days wandering the city selling rebosos and other woven goods. Often they are also carrying an infant and have very young children in tow. You can tell the women are from Chamula by the hairy...
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Panamá 2, Barrio de Mexicanos, 29240 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
Living in a place for a while lets you experience the full range of what is available in the markets. In San Cristobal, just as the rainy season starts, all kinds of strange fruits from the hot low country become available. I saw some hairy fruits...
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Israel 39, Nueva Maravilla, 29247 San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
San Juan Chamula is a little Tzotzil Mayan village not far from San Cristobal de las Casas in the Chiapas region of Mexico. I happened to venture there very early one morning after an all night bus ride from the Oxacan coast. Upon arrival, I was...
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A cute Organic cafe with generous portions, tasty baked goods and delicious coffee. A good breakfast spot if you fancy some bagels and croissants for a change. The crepes are awesome too.
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Chamula, Chis., Mexico
Outside of San Cristobal de las Casas is a small village called Chamula. Here, we tasted the freshest tortillas I've ever experienced and got to sample a local liquor called Poush. It's a distilled sugarcane liquor with a powerful jolt! The red...
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Latin America
Throughout Mayan country, there are interesting cemeteries. Mulitiple Mayan crosses on a grave indicate the number of years a person has been gone, and the colors indicate age. Babies get white crosses, young people blue, and older people green....
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Latin America
Zinacantan, a few miles west of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas, is home to many skilled hip loom weavers. They make huipils (shirts), table cloths, place mats, and blankets by weaving lengths of cloth and then sewing them together. Pascuala...