Monday, May 9, 2011

Exploring Chiapas, Mexico

Last month I took a much-needed vacation and went to meet up with my best friend in Chiapas, Mexico, over her spring break from teaching school. We stayed in San Cristóbal de las Casas in an amazing hacienda owned by a British gentleman whose father lived there in the 60s and 70s.







Not only was the house amazing, there was a beautiful backyard garden and inner front courtyard as well.







San Cristóbal de las Casas was the perfect base camp for our expeditions around the beautiful state of Chiapas.









In the market at Chamula--such vibrant colors!


The Chamula people honor the sheep as a sacred animal. They never kill the sheep or use the milk of the sheep, but only use the wool to make their traditional skirts (for women) and ponchos (for men).




This is Maria, weaving in front of her home. The main business in Zincantán is flowers. They grows many different kinds of flowers that ship all over Mexico, especially to resorts.


One of the things the state of Chiapas is known for is corn--here are the four different colors they grow.


Maria's daughter-in-law, Catalina, makes black corn tortillas in the family's home, where nine people live.


Check out the embroidered flowers on the clothing! Every year there is a new design.


A bench in Zincantán.



We stopped at two different waterfalls on our way to visit Maya ruins. So beautiful.





I really wish we would have had more time in Palenque. Only 2% of this ancient Maya civilization is uncovered. It was incredible to tour the ruins.





Boating through the Cañón del Sumidero was a really cool experience--we even saw crocodiles and spider monkeys!

I loved my experience in Chiapas. It's not your typical tourist destination, but there is so much culture, beautiful land, and wild places to explore.

2 comments:

  1. Oh wow, Steph! You truly outdid yourself! Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photographs—I can see you were very selective in the ones you chose to post since I'm sure you have hundreds more gems but chose only the very best for us. Keep snapping away and sending love from Nebraska!
    -MEG

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  2. Thanks, Meg. Yes, I was selective--I just needed a few of the really good ones to share. :) All others will appear on facebook shortly!

    p.s. Thank you for the postcards!

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