Photo Essay: Scenes from San Cristobal de las Casas and Chiapa de Corzo

by Ekua on October 3, 2011 in captured on memory card,Mexico

Photographs taken while roaming around two colorful towns in Chiapas:

Exploring the town on my first full day in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Candles inside the Santo Domingo church in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Not long after I entered the dimly lit Santo Domingo, I turned around and saw the silhouette of a woman and her child. To me, this picture really says, “Chiapas.”

More lit candles inside the Santo Domingo church. There were many.

Chilly rainstorms were a daily occurrence in the high altitude rainforest climate of San Cristobal. I got caught up in a hefty downpour and took shelter underneath a gazebo in a square. I snapped this photo while I waited.

When the rain let up, I walked up these steps up to Iglesia de Guadalupe. When I went inside the church, there was a Mayan family of three on the ground in the aisle between pews, and a priest was performing some kind of ritual.

Chiapa de Corzo was a quick stop after my boat trip at the Sumidero Canyon. There’s not much happening in the town, but it has Fuente Colonial, the coolest zocalo gazebo I have yet to see.

Santo Domingo church in Chiapa de Corzo.

I enjoyed the vibrant colors in Chiapa de Corzo.

Chiapa de Corzo had an abundance of gorgeous flowering trees.

The Cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas.

Slightly scary, slightly cute monkeys for sale at the craft market in San Cristobal.

A very young and very pleasant vendor and her wares in the Santo Domingo craft market.

Stray dogs sleeping in Plaza el Cerrillo.

Before I caught a night bus to Oaxaca, I watched a bit of this free concert in Plaza el Cerrillo. The rain came, but it didn’t stop the man in the forefront from dancing and yelling, “Bailamos!” in my direction.

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Oneika the Traveller October 4, 2011 at 4:59 am

I’m kicking myself for never making it down to Chiapas when I lived in Mexico for a year. When I was in Guatemala last month, I learned that San Cristobal was only a 9hr bus ride away and briefly flirted with the idea of heading there for a weekend. Then laziness took over! What a shame!

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Ekua October 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Haha, I feel the same way about Guatemala. A few posts back, I talked about being in Lagunas de Montebello. We stopped at a lake that is on the border of Mexico an Guatemala. As I looked out at Guatemala, I was kicking myself for not making my way down there. I want to revisit those lakes and also find some more out of the way places in Chiapas and then continue on to Guatemala. I feel like I will find myself in Guatemala someday!

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Herbster October 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

Poinciana is my favorite blooming tree. The flavor of Mexico comes out in your great photos.

Thanks for sharing.

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Ekua October 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

A thanks for sharing the name of that tree! I love the way they look against a blue sky.

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Marie October 10, 2011 at 11:28 am

I love those trees too! Glad to know the name of them.

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