Sunday, May 22, 2011

San Cristobal & Chiapas

San Cristobal de las Casas is a large highland town in the heart of Chiapas. San Cristobal is Zapatista territory and politics seems to be a popular topic in the city's many boutique cafes and restaurants. The town is beautifully restored and maintains the feeling of a place much smaller in size. The city has dozens of cafes and cuisine from all over the world and features an alternative vibe, with bike culture, art, university students, and good coffee all finding a place in the city. Due its high altitude, San Cristobal is hot during the day, but chilly and refreshing in the evening.

San Cristobal is also surrounded by Mayan villages that are still trying to maintain much of their traditional culture. Traditional medicine is the attraction at the Mayan Medical Museum in San Cristobal, where you learn the roll that candles, chickens, and soda play in the healing and warding off illness.
A recreation of a birth at the Mayan Medical Museum

Chicken Mole
Dave buying lychee

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