Chiapas

A Goodbye to San Cristobal and a Homecoming in Oaxaca

Mexico

The sun is brilliant on my last day in San Cristobal de las Casas. I pack my backpack and set it aside. I have until the evening, and I want to experience one last bit of Chiapas for Chiapanecos. I walk to the market behind my hostel where I can roam for the whole morning […]

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

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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 […]

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A Summer Solstice Festival in the Mayan Village of San Juan Chamula

Mexico

When we step out of our beat up colectivo and onto the outskirts of San Juan Chamula, we are immediately engulfed in a festive atmosphere. The autonomous Mayan village already feels like a place where unique things happen, and we are fortunate enough to be there for one of their biggest festivals, Dia de San […]

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Photo Essay: The Waters of Chiapas at the Sumidero Canyon

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The easy to reach Sumidero Canyon is the poster child for the natural wonders of Chiapas and a worthwhile day trip from San Cristobal de las Casas. To explore the canyon, I took a boat trip down the Grijavala River, the body of water that helped create the canyon and continues to flow throw it. […]

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The “Hippie” Takeover of Chiapas

Mexico

In my not so raving reviews of a certain foreigner scene I encountered in Chiapas, Mexico, I think it’s important to note that before I set foot in the state, I was already wary about some of the travelers and expats I might encounter there. The first tip off came on my very first visit […]

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Photo Essay: The Waters of Chiapas at El Chiflon and Lagunas de Montebello

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Cascadas El Chiflon At El Chiflon, our driver dropped us off at the base of a mountain and we stopped at the site’s various waterfalls while making our way up to the top. The highlight was Cascada Velo de Novia (Bridal Veil Falls), an incredibly powerful 120 meter waterfall that bisects a vivid cliff side. […]

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Photo Essay: The Waters of Chiapas at Misol-Ha and Aguas Azul

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Water is a theme of the visually and physically saturated state of Chiapas. Even more so in the summer rainy season I visited it in. There are days when the water leaves you sighing because it never seems to stop surging from the sky. But in a state of both tropical and highland rainforests that […]

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Photo Essay: The Jungle Ruins of Palenque

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The Palenque archeological site sets itself apart from other popular ruins in Mexico with its location — a dense and thriving jungle encircles the pyramids. What you’ll find at the archaeological site was once known as Lakam Ha (Big Water), and it was the center of Maya city-state called B’aakal (Bone). It was created as […]

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